The Oral History and Reference Manager is responsible for the day to day operations of PMML’s oral history activities. This includes working to identify, cultivate and conduct veteran oral histories. The Oral History and Reference Manager will conduct research and develop questions specific to each participant’s experience so that the interviews are in-depth and useful to future researchers as a primary source. The Oral History and Reference Manager will transcribe, edit and finalize oral history transcriptions as well as supervise interns, volunteers, and vendors that provide transcription services. This individual will help evaluate each oral history to identify the strongest segments of each oral history for use during production and publication, especially for television, webcast, and podcast. This staff member should have strong administrative skills and be willing and able to provide the administrative support needed for the Oral History program.
The Oral History and Reference Manager will provide reference services and serve as a lead for PMML’s reference program. This person, in coordination with other PMML librarians and the Reference Coordinator respond to military related reference inquiries after conducting careful research using PMML resources and resources available from information partners throughout the world. The PMML’s Reference Coordinator reports to the Oral History and Reference Manager.
The Oral History and Reference Manager should possess knowledge of U.S. and World History, be highly organized, and have a high level of accountability. The Oral History and Reference Manager should be able to speak equally and respectfully with flag officers to enlisted service members.
The Oral History and Reference Manager is a key member of the Books and Library Services team and reports to the Chief Librarian. As a Books and Library Services team member, they will be expected to participate in other activities of the group including customer service duties, cataloging, and other duties as assigned. They will be expected to work collaboratively with the Associate Chief Librarian, who is their peer.
Plan and coordinate oral history projects documenting various historical topics
Create work plans and budgets, work with PMML development team to garner support, for in-depth oral history interviews
Work alongside other PMML staff in all aspects of oral history processing, including editing, overseeing production tasks, preparing supporting material, and developing of multimedia content, such as contributions to our podcast and YouTube channel
Assist Chief Librarian and other staff (including those in PMML’s External Affairs department) in development and management of educational initiatives, including but not limited to research needs for the PBS television programs Pritzker Military Presents and Citizen Soldier
Travel independently and with other PMML staff to record/collect VIP oral histories
Research and conduct interviews
Motivate, supervise, train, and develop an oral history staff, assigned volunteers, and others
Perform name authority cataloging in support of the Oral History Program
Assist staff and guests with reference and research inquiries
Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor
Advanced degree (M.A. or equivalent degree or higher) in history, or a related field, with a research and publication record in the relevant field of expertise
Demonstrated experience in planning, conducting, editing, and completing in-depth archival oral histories
Demonstrated organizational skills and careful attention to detail
Demonstrated ability to complete projects in a timely manner and within budget while maintaining consistent high quality
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain good rapport with interviewees, advisors, and donors, and to work collaboratively with other staff
Demonstrated project management, training, and leadership abilities
Computer literate, in standard word processing programs and Internet research
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
Formal training in oral history methodology preferred
Experience working with audio and/or video editing software such as Adobe Creative Suite (particularly Audition and Premiere), Hindenberg, and/or Pro-Tools.
Experience with using OCLC and local library automation systems is highly desirable
Ability to work with interns and guide them on their projects
Proposal-writing and fundraising experience extremely desirable
Fluency with up-to-date software programs such as Concrete5, MS Project, Google docs, etc.
Ability to work in languages other than English a plus
Military background (either personal or family history) and Museum & Library experience is a plus
The Mission of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library is to acquire and maintain an accessible collection of materials and to develop appropriate programs focusing on the citizen soldier in the preservation of democracy.