Curating Indigenous Digital Collections (CIDC) Fellow, WiLS

By IS Lab February 24, 2021

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WiLS (formally Wisconsin Library Services) is offering a one-year post-graduate fellowship position to advance digital stewardship work in tribal libraries, archives, and museums. The CIDC Fellow will collaborate closely with multiple divisions of the Ho-Chunk Nation Department
of Heritage Preservation (DoHP), including the Hoocąk Waaziija Haci Language Division and the Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center. This opportunity is made possible by a Preservation Education and Training grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

WiLS is an entirely virtual office and can offer a somewhat flexible schedule. WiLS team members are creative, hardworking, and extremely passionate about our work. This is an opportunity to work in an organization focused on innovation and improvement, both internally and in the work we do with our communities. The position’s start date is April 1, 2021 with an annual salary of $43,500. Compensation also includes a monthly phone and internet stipend and generous paid time off. This is a full time, grant-funded, limited term position through March 2022. While we are a virtual office, preference will be given to candidates located in the state of Wisconsin.

Job Duties

The Fellow will work with the WiLS Project Director and Partner staff to set learning goals in three areas: 1) digital preservation and curation; 2) Indigenous information issues; and 3) professional development in the library/archives/museum/preservation field. The Project Director and Partner staff will identify an appropriate mentor for the Fellow, as well as develop a learning and training plan to support the Fellow’s career goals and research interests while advancing the work of the Partner projects. Specific duties will include;

  • Work with DoHP staff and the instructor for the Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums (TLAM) course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison iSchool to design and manage service learning projects for TLAM students.
  • Provide training in Mukurtu CMS and relevant digital projects skills (e.g. basic metadata input) to staff in each of the DoHP divisions (Cultural Resources, Enrollment, Veterans Affairs, Language, and Museum).
  • Mentor and supervise Ho-Chunk Internship Program interns.
  • Assist in developing digitization and digital preservation policies for DoHP and each Division.
  • Participate in monthly check-in meetings with the DoHP.
  • Work with the Project Director to plan an annual statewide gathering of tribal cultural workers in Wisconsin

Job Qualifications

Strong candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to supporting Indigenous communities and show an interest in continuing support for these communities beyond the end of their fellowship. Fellows may be recent graduates of programs in library or information science,
museum studies, Indigenous studies, public history or related fields, or may have equivalent experience working in tribal cultural institutions. Key qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in linguistics, public history, museum studies, digital humanities or related field. Recent graduates of advanced degree programs in library or information science, museum studies, public history or related fields are encouraged to apply.
  • Access to reliable high-speed Internet to facilitate remote work.
  • If pandemic conditions and Department of Health Services recommendations permit, the Fellow will be encouraged to travel periodically to the DoHP offices in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, and possible additional locations within the state. All travel expenses reimbursed.
  • Knowledge of indigenous information issues, especially regarding digital libraries and digital cultural heritage.
  • Understanding of tribal sovereignty and tribal history in the Great Lakes region.
  • Experience with cross-cultural partnerships and collaboration with staff and volunteers in diverse communities, representing a broad range of experience, resources and skills.
  • Foundational knowledge of digital stewardship work including key terminology and best practices for creating, managing and preserving digital content.
  • Ability to self-motivate and work independently.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, by phone, and using distance technologies.
  • Comfortable working remotely using a variety of virtual project management and communication tools including Google Suite, Zoom, Slack, and Dropbox

To apply, send a letter of inquiry, a resume, and contact information for two professional references to Applications will be reviewed by WiLS staff in close consultation with DoHP staff.
We’ll be accepting applications until the position is filled. We’ll start our first review of applications on March 5, 2021.