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Part-time Metadata Assistant, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

About the Opportunity:

The Northeastern University Library’s Digital Production Services department is seeking a Metadata Assistant for a part-time position. The Metadata Assistant will create and enhance MODS records for the library’s digital collections of texts, images, audio recordings and videos. The work will include creating descriptive MODS metadata via spreadsheets as part of the digitization workflow and creating/enhancing MODS XML metadata using Oxygen. The position requires some experience in MODS and/or XML, and knowledge of LCSH and name authorities. The right person will be detail-oriented and able work with minimal supervision in collaborative environment. 


Enrollment in an ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS or equivalent 

Experience with MODS and/or XML 

Knowledge of LSCH and name authorities 

Attention to detail 

Proven ability to work independently 

Strong communication skills 

About the department:

The Digital Production Services department enhances access to digital materials by reformatting, describing, and making accessible digital collections that benefit the university community and beyond. We work with university faculty and staff to digitize materials in a variety of formats, including text- based documents, photographs, and audio/visual items to support research, instruction, archival activities and community outreach. We ensure the collections are discoverable and well-described by creating rich metadata at the item and collection level. We also support the library’s Digital Repository Service, which is the primary home for storing the digital materials generated in the library and archives. The Digital Production Services department has embraced a hybrid working environment and opportunities for full or partially remote work are available depending on the requirements of the position. 

Additional Information:

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.  

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more information.  

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see


15-17 hours a week.  Hours can be flexible, but must fall between 8AM and 6PM, Monday-Friday. 

Pay Rate: $19 – $21 per hour 

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