Employment | Newberry


Welcome to the Newberry’s Employment Opportunities page. Positions for which the Newberry is currently accepting applications are listed below. Positions will remain posted until filled or until a sufficient pool of qualified candidates has been established.

Unless otherwise directed in the job posting, please send cover letter and résumé to the Human Resources Director. When emailing, please combine cover letter and résumé as one Word or PDF document and submit that document as an email attachment.

Human Resources Director
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-7324

Email: hr@newberry.org
Fax: (312) 255-3509

No phone calls please.

In addition to accepting résumés for current vacancies, we keep a file of general and specific inquiries regarding employment at the Newberry. General inquiries should include a preference of position, department and hours (part-time or full-time.) Résumés are kept on file for six months.

We thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the Newberry.

The Newberry is an equal opportunity employer.

Current Opportunities

Digital Initiatives and Metadata Assistant

Newberry Mellon Major Projects Fellow

Newberry Mellon Major Projects Fellow

Department: Exhibitions and Major Projects

Term: September 5, 2017 to August 30, 2018, with possible extension for a second year

Summary: The Newberry Mellon Major Projects Fellow will participate in the planning and preparation for the library’s major scholarly initiative framed to respond to the question What is the Midwest? The initiative will include gallery and online exhibitions, additional digital resources, and programs for scholars, students, and the public. This project will draw upon the Newberry collection for a multidisciplinary exploration the past, present, and future of the American Midwest in economic, geographic, and cultural terms. The gallery exhibition will be mounted in the fall of 2019. The project programs will take place during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years. The fellow will report to the Director of Exhibitions and Major Projects.


  • For the gallery and digital exhibitions: collaborate with members of the project team (comprising Newberry staff members and outside scholars) in framing and refining exhibition categories; identify preliminary selections, research specific items in the collection for inclusion; translate as needed; assist with label writing, planning, and administration;
  • For the related digital resources: collaborate with the scholarly advisors, Digital Initiatives and Services staff, Information Technology staff, Communications staff, and other library staff members in conceptualizing, designing and implementing the digital humanities components of the project, which may include blog posts, podcasts, videos, interactive timelines and maps, outreach through social media, and crowd-sourced programs; identify preliminary selections, research specific items in the collection for inclusion, assist with researching and writing textual components, as well as with planning and administration;
  • Assist project team in conceptualizing and planning public and scholarly programs;
  • Carry out other assignments as needed to achieve departmental goals;
  • Provide assistance to other Newberry Library departments and initiatives, including but not limited to Collections and Library Services, Research and Academic Programs, Development, and Communications projects.


  • PhD in a humanities field, with a research focus on the American Midwest; strong preference for specialization in an area other than Chicago;
  • Experience in digital humanities and using primary source materials in research preferred;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, Scalar, and project management software preferred;
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications skills and ability to interact and collaborate with diverse constituencies required.

Schedule: One-year full-time, grant-funded, exempt position. 35 hours/week, Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends for special events.

Benefits: Group health, dental, vision and life insurance; fifteen vacation days, two personal days and paid holidays.

Date Posted: January 31, 2017

Date Available: September 5, 2017

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin April 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application materials should include a cover letter, cv, short (30 pages or less) writing sample, and contact information for three references and should be sent via email to hr@newberry.org

Digital Initiatives and Metadata Assistant

Department: Digital Initiatives and Services

Term: This is a two-year term position (with possibility of renewal)

Summary: The Newberry seeks a technologically proficient, detail-oriented person to serve as its Digital Initiatives and Metadata Assistant. Working closely with the Digital Initiatives Librarian and reporting to the Digital Initiatives Manager, the Assistant will collaborate with colleagues in the Library’s Digital Initiatives and Services department and contribute technical expertise to a variety of efforts to make the Newberry’s collections accessible to the public. The Digital Initiatives and Metadata Assistant will assist with production activities for digital asset management (preparing Dublin Core records for Newberry collection items, image ingest and export, data repurposing projects). The Assistant will contribute efficient production skills and innovative ideas for improved workflow to large-scale digitization projects, content partnerships (Internet Archive; Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois; Explore Chicago Collections), and public engagement efforts such as crowdsourcing initiatives. The Assistant will contribute relevant technical experience to assist in creating and maintaining the Newberry’s digital resources.


  • Work with the Digital Initiatives Librarian on uploading digitized content (maps, photographs, books, manuscripts, audiovisual materials, etc.) and data to in-house and consortial asset management systems (Piction, CONTENTdm, Omeka, Scripto, Internet Archive).
  • Help prepare and enhance existing data (from MARC records, EAD finding aids, legacy inventories and database records) for re-use as Dublin Core metadata for digital assets.
  • Assist with training and quality control for metadata interns, including offsite interns cataloging Raphael Tuck & Sons postcards from the library’s Leonard A. Lauder Collection of postcards.
  • Provide support for platform implementation and maintenance as well as workflow management for the Library’s participatory archives initiatives (e.g. crowdsourcing transcription, translation, and collecting).
  • Assist in a wide variety of digital resource-building activities related to major grants from the Mellon Foundation (“Religious Change, 1450-1700” and “What is the Midwest?”), CLIR (“Voices of the Revolution: Digitizing 30,000 French Pamphlets from the Newberry Library”), and other large-scale projects; provide support for the development of online exhibitions, interactive maps, and cultural heritage crowdsourcing sites powered by Omeka, Scalar, Scripto, Zooniverse, StoryMapJS, and TimelineJS.
  • Assist long-term management and sustainability for legacy digital resources.
  • Assist in creating and maintaining procedural documentation.
  • Perform clerical tasks related to the smooth operation of the department.
  • Special projects as assigned.


  • BA; coursework in computer science, library and information science, or equivalent experience with demonstrated problem-solving success in a technical environment; interest in the Newberry’s scholarly and public mission, collections, and audiences required.
  • Demonstrated aptitude and enthusiasm for learning new technologies.
  • Demonstrated proficiency working in Microsoft/Windows environment.
  • Ability to take direction, follow established procedures and directions and identify improvements to workflows.
  • Ability to work in a team environment where consultation, flexibility, collaboration, and cooperation are essential.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently with a high level of accuracy.
  • Ability to organize large bodies of information effectively.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience with digital library tools, including metadata standards (esp. LCSH and FAST), content management systems, and/or digital publishing platforms).
  • Strong computer skills; experience with common web technologies and scripting languages (PHP, XML/XSLT, CSS, and/or javascript), desired; advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel; familiarity with OpenRefine.

Schedule: Two-year full-time,35 hours/week, Monday through Friday, non-exempt position.

Benefits: Group life, health, dental, and vision insurance; ten days vacation the first year, fifteen days thereafter; two personal days and minimum of six paid holidays annually; discount in bookstore and book purchasing service; long term disability, long term care and retirement plan available after one year of service.

Date Posted: April 21, 2017

Date Available: Immediately