The University of Richmond’s Boatwright Memorial Library seeks a proven collaborator, manager, and communicator, willing to learn and take the initiative in building a new digitization program. In addition to digitizing cultural heritage materials from the University’s varied collections, the Digital Collections Librarian works to integrate content from a wide variety of existing digital projects into a cohesive digital library. The successful candidate will bring a collaborative spirit, innovative ideas, and solid project management skills to an operation in transition, using existing technologies and a robust infrastructure to evolve digital imaging practices into a digitization program. By developing workflows, managing imaging processes, and collaborating in the lifecycle of digital assets, this position will have a substantial role in ensuring that the digital library’s collections are expertly produced, well-organized, and consistent in terms of access mechanisms, description, and preservation.
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Digital Library Program Planning & Implementation:
- Plans, implements, directs and sustains the digitization program, advancing organizational and institutional goals in scholarship, teaching and learning.
- Collaborates, consults and provides instructional services in the areas of digitization, content management, and metadata production to further the development of innovative solutions for creating, managing and sharing resources that provide content for teaching and research efforts.
- May pursue grant opportunities, working collaboratively to create proposals to support the digital program.
- Collaborates in the planning and implementation of metadata guidelines and workflows for digital materials using standards such as TEI, Dublin Core, METS, MODS, etc.
- Collaborates with colleagues across the University in designing and implementing user interfaces to retrieve and manipulate locally created digital resources.
- Oversees and manages local scanning, photography, and image quality control processes for daily operations, maintaining tracking mechanisms as appropriate.
- Responsible for source materials digitization from numerous sources for a variety of purposes, including publication, web delivery, preservation, manipulation, and pedagogy.
- Documents technical processes and manages local workflows, adapting when necessary.
- Uses specialized knowledge, recognized standards and local best practices to provide customized imaging services to faculty and staff throughout the University.
- Supervises student employees (hires, trains, directing work) and is accountable to Financial Aid, the Student Employment Office, and Payroll for activities associated with student employment management including a budget of approximately $40,000.
Special Projects and Other Duties:
- Calibrates and maintains high-performance digital imaging equipment and tools, including flatbed scanners, overhead scanners, high-resolution digital cameras, motorized copy stands, and all associated software. Provides hardware and software troubleshooting and support when needed.
- Executes and/or participates in special projects, and maintains an expert level of knowledge concerning trends in the digital library and digital imaging fields.
- Thorough knowledge of digital library concepts, applications and standards (e.g., metadata standards, media-specific standards)
- Demonstrated evidence of responsibility in successful collaborations internal and external to an organization
- Thorough knowledge of project planning, and demonstrated ability to provide planning, budget management, and overall supervision for multiple complex concurrent projects
- Thorough knowledge of operating and maintaining digital capture devices, such as scanners and digital cameras
- Thorough knowledge of community-based best practices for digital copy photography, capture, color management, and profiling
- Thorough knowledge of current and emerging standards and best practices for document and media conversion into digital formats
- Demonstrated experience in writing funding and grant proposals
- General knowledge of Omeka or other library collections publishing and content management systems
- General knowledge of all aspects of descriptive, administrative, and technical metadata, such as Dublin Core, METS, MODS, TEI, PREMIS, and VRA Core
- Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, Abobe Creative Suite, optical character recognition software, and data management and processing software
- Strong organizational and time management skills; ability to work under time constraints and to meet regularly recurring deadlines on multiple, concurrent projects
- Evidence of strong analytical problem solving skills, attention to detail, and results-oriented approaches to complex problems
- Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, about complex, technical processes to non-technical personnel
- Ability to work and learn independently and to initiate necessary work procedures according to guidelines set by the supervisor
- Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a collaborative team environment
- The flexibility and adaptability to work effectively in a dynamic, evolving environment
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
- Master’s degree in library or information science from a program fully accredited by the American Library Association, or an advanced degree in a related area
- Two years of increasing professional responsibility in digital libraries, preservation or application development
- Two years of project execution and management experience
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