Virginia Tech University Libraries is hiring a Digital Projects Coordinator
(Administrative/Professional Faculty position).
The Digital Projects Coordinator manages projects for the newly launched
Digital Imaging Service serving the campus as well as regional museums and
archives. This position is a key component in a large initiative to develop
unique and compelling digital collections for research and education. The
successful candidate will have the opportunity to help establish and expand a
nascent digitization program at a Carnegie R1: Research University and ARL
member library, work with diverse collections such as historic archival
materials and artifacts, fascinating biodiversity specimens such as fossils,
insects, and minerals, while also exploring the application of new
technologies such as 3D imaging and representation. The Digital Projects
Coordinator reports to the Assistant Director for Digital Imaging and
We are seeking someone who would prefer to work an alternative / afternoon
schedule (for example, 12pm to 8pm), so that they may supervise student
workers on weekday evenings.
Applicants are encouraged to include a link in the application materials to
examples of previous relevant work.
– Manage scanning and digital photography operations.
– Create and refine scanning and photography processes and workflows.
– Supervise and help hire 1-4 student digitization assistants.
– Be responsible for quality control of scanned and photographed items,
including resolution, color, and technical and descriptive metadata.
– Serve as a primary resource for expertise in digitization best practices.
– Perform digital photography of rare books, large format archival materials
such as maps and posters, as well as museum artifacts and specimens, and be
able to demonstrate archival care and management of fragile materials.
– Work with a variety of professional image software, e.g., Adobe Photoshop,
Bridge, Lightroom, ImageMagick, or Capture One.
– Operate digital photography equipment with technical and artistic skill.
– Recommend selection of scanners, digital cameras, and related equipment and
software, and be responsible for and perform equipment maintenance and
– Create and modify general digitization procedures based on established
standards with the goal of improving quality and productivity.
– Train library staff in digitization methods.
– Bachelor’s degree
– Demonstrated experience with a variety of digital imaging technologies
– Ability to operate medium/large format digital cameras and other
– Knowledge of digitization standards and procedures
– Demonstrated ability to identify quality issues with digitized and born-
digital image files.
– Project management skills, including planning, organization, and time
– Ability to establish positive and productive collaborations with diverse
teams across departments and disciplines
– Demonstrated ability to adjust priorities, manage time wisely, and make
quick, effective decisions in a fast-paced environment.
– Excellent interpersonal, analytical, oral, and written communication skills
– Master’s or other advanced degree
– Experience with batch processing related to image conversion and
manipulation is a high priority
– Professional experience in photography with knowledge of lighting, color
calibration, aspect, and aperture
– Master’s degree or other advanced degree with an emphasis in library and
information science, museum studies, or photography
– Professional experience working in an academic library
– Knowledge of national standards and best practices for digitization and
metadata in libraries, archives, and museums.
– Knowledge of current issues in digital libraries.
– Experience executing command-line scripts.
– Ability to train and instruct in digitization and digital photography
techniques and processes
Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently
ranked as a Top 25 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 25
Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through a
combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement,
Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut
Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university
and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse
population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100
countries, and is engaged in research around the world. Invent the Future at
This position comes with an excellent benefits package and is located on a
beautiful campus and region.
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