Digital Humanities Specialist

Nov 13 2021
Bishop Museum |Honolulu|Temporary
Job Description

The Digital Humanities Specialist is responsible for helping develop original descriptive content related to the history, language, and culture of Hawai’i based on humanities collections held at the Bishop Museum. This position will work directly with curators and collections staff from various departments (Library, Archives, Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnology, and Registration) to document the history, cultural significance, and meaning of humanities collections and to help provide context and interpretation of these collections for local communities and online audiences.



Duties and Responsibilities


·        Work directly with curators and collections staff to write, edit, and help develop original descriptive content for humanities-based museum collections.

·        Help develop new cataloging routines specific to the EMu collections management system for entering descriptive content related to humanities collections.

·        Serve as the primary liaison between humanities collections and informatics staff to help standardize narrative data entry across departments in EMu.

·        Collaborate on special projects and digital preservation and research initiatives with informatics, curatorial, registrar, legal, and other museum departments.

·        Review and organize digital objects in various formats (text, image, audio, video, etc.) associated with humanities collections following best practices and standards associated with each format.

·        Work directly with collections management staff across multiple disciplines to understand their data management needs, data standards, processes, and workflows.

·        Provide informed feedback to the Informatics team on user needs, database issues, and feature requests.

·        Contribute to the improvement of data quality for humanities collections records.

·        Implement metadata standards and vocabulary management based on collection type; work towards standardizing agents, geography, taxonomy, and other authority files across all collections.

·        Help develop and implement data entry policies related to copyright and intellectual property rights from complete open access to protected access for cultural collections.

·        Train staff to carry out newly established workflows with digitized and born-digital content, and ensure the ongoing quality of this work.

·        Create and maintain documentation and training materials for narrative data entry in EMu.

·        Communicate and work effectively with a cross-section of technical and non-technical staff.





·        Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities, History, Art, Ethnology, Library Science, Museum Studies, or other related field.

·        2+ years of experience with museum, library, and/or archival collections.

·        Experience working in a cultural institution preferred.

·        Knowledge of Hawaiian language, history, and culture preferred.

·        Experience writing and editing content for public and academic audiences.

·        Experience working with collections management systems, Axiell EMu preferred.

·        Ability to communicate technical concepts clearly in writing and verbally.

·        Excellent interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.

·        Experience working with data standards and ability to implement controlled vocabularies and standard thesauri required.

·        Familiarity with current cataloging best practices and standards, including CCO, CDWA, AAT, ULAN, ISAD(G), EAD, and other protocols as needed.

·        Ability to work with a diverse group of people, with differing levels of technological abilities, at varying levels in the organization, with different areas of expertise, and different working styles.



Other Requirements


·        Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.

·        Good attendance.

·        Detail-oriented.


Direct Reports



Working Conditions

Occasional evening and weekend work required.


Physical Requirements


Occasionally required to stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, lift heavy objects, and do repetitive tasks with few breaks.