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The Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT Libraries (AKDC@MIT), is seeking an employee to assist the with processing content for Archnet, an open access, scholarly resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues, with a particular focus on the the Muslim world. Archnet provides ready access to unique visual and textual material to facilitate teaching, scholarship, and professional work of high quality

Duties:  The successful applicant with assist in various projects under the supervision of AKDC Interim Program Head and Archnet Content Manager Michael Toler, including:

      • Work with the Archnet Content Manager and Visual Resources Librarian Matt Saba to prepare bulk uploads of media and metadata. This will include data transfer from the form in which it is submitted to our data upload spreadsheets, and the processing of digital files to Archnet specifications.
      • Assist in discrete tasks related to the preparation and cleanup of Archnet data. These tasks include, but are not limited to, corrections of spelling, punctuation, and format; removal of HTML code markings inadvertently pasted into records; and reformatting the display data in fields that are inconsistent with our style guides.
      • Assist in the sorting, organizing, and transfer of digital files held either in remote storage or on local drives.

Duties may be adjusted or refined in response to the successful candidate’s skills and knowledge, as well as demonstrated progress on assigned projects.

About the Aga Khan Documentation Center: Located on the first floor of Rotch Library, AKDC@MIT is a research center supporting documentation, scholarship, and teaching on the history and theory of architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation, as well as the practice of architecture, in Muslim societies, with particular focus on the research and teaching activities of the faculty, students, and post-doctoral fellows of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT and Harvard.

Required Qualifications:

    • Proficiency with MS office applications, particularly Excel.
    • Diligence and attention to detail
    • Flexibility with Windows and MacOS operating systems

Preference will be given to candidates with one or more of the following desired qualifications:

  • Experience with digital media processing-images and video
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Academic background in architecture, art history, Middle Eastern studies or other related field
  • Ability to read or write a foreign language
  • Technical skills or experience in one of the following: social media, Adobe products, programming, layout and design, etc.

Hours: 10-12 hours a week to start, but ultimately increasing to as many as 30

Starting Wage: $13-15/Hour to start

Start date and term: Starting immediately and continuing through the end of December, with the possibility of extension.

To apply send a cover letter and cv to, with the subject line “Application for Archnet assistant.”


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