Metadata Specialist

The South Carolina Historical Society, the state’s oldest and largest private manuscript archive, seeks a motivated and detail-oriented individual for a temporary, part-time position. The Metadata Specialist will be responsible for the digitization and description of archival materials for the South Carolina Historical Society working closely with the staff of the Lowcountry Digital Library 

 The successful candidate will possess the following skills: responsiveness and willingness to work on special projects and assignments; analytical, communication and training skills; ability to prioritize work to ensure that goals are realized; and the ability to work independently and as part of a team in a production-oriented dynamic environment with a commitment to professional development and growth.   

 Duties and Responsibilities: 

  •     Properly handle fragile and rare archival materials.
  •        Support the preparation of materials for scanning.
  •        Digitize documents and photographs. Import digital files into Photoshop. Batch process files in Photoshop.
  •        Create metadata to describe digitized materials. Ensure metadata created meets LCDL standards and is MODS compliant.

Minimum Position Qualifications: 

  •    Digital library and metadata creation experience preferred. 
  •    Bachelor’s degree in related field. MLIS preferred.
  •        Experience working with members of a project team
  •        Working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and database software applications.
  •        Experience working with digital assets and digital technologies
  •    Ability to lift items and containers up to 40lbs. 


  •      Sensitivity to and experience handling library or archival materials required.
  •        Knowledge of contemporary metadata standards (Dublin Core, MODS, etc.) required.
  •        Experience using digitization equipment.
  •        Experience using Adobe Photoshop.
  •        Attention to detail required.
  •        Sound judgment to identify and report problems to supervisors and contribute to resolving them required.
  •        Prior experience working in a digital library preferred.
  •    Knowledge of South Carolina or Southern history 


  • $16.00/hour 
  • 20 hours/week.  


This position is a 4-month, term appointment. 

Work Environment: 

The South Carolina Historical Society is a vibrant, exciting and professionally operated repository for the State’s history, culture, and diversity.  The organization’s mission is to expand, preserve, and make accessible its invaluable collection, and to encourage interest and pride in the rich history of the state of South Carolina. Work will primarily be conducted in the Lowcountry Digital Library at the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library 


Apply with cover letter, resume and the names, title, addresses and telephone numbers of three references to Virginia Ellison, Director of Archives & Research, The South Carolina Historical Society, 100 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or as pdf email attachment to careers@schsonline.org. 

Applications received by August 16, 2019 will be given full consideration. 



The South Carolina Historical Society (SCHS) is a nonprofit 501 c 3.  It houses the state’s largest private repository of historic documents, produces two quarterly publications, and sponsors a variety of outreach programs for members, educators, students and the public.  The organization’s mission is to expand, preserve, and make accessible its invaluable collection, and to encourage interest and pride in the rich history of the State of South Carolina. Membership in the Society is open to anyone who is interested in the state’s past and supports the mission of the SCHS.