Project Digitization Specialist – International Archive of Women in Architecture, Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, VA

Position Information
Working Title: Project Digitization Specialist
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170015
About Virginia Tech:
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:
The University Libraries at Virginia Tech seeks a service-oriented, innovative, technically savvy, and self-motivated Project Digitization Specialist to support the “Women of Design: Revealing Women’s Hidden Contributions to the Built Environment” digitization project. Over the course of two years, the “Women of Design” project will select, digitize, describe, and provide virtual access to approximately 800 cubic feet of material from Virginia Tech’s Special Collections that illuminate the contributions of women to architecture and design in the United States and across the world from 1929 to 2010. The Project Digitization Specialist will be a full-time, faculty-level position for a two-year period, reporting to a grant funded Project Manager.

This two-year grant project is supported by the “Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives” program, a national competition administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for digitizing collections of rare and unique content in cultural heritage institutions. The program is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and follows the model of CLIR’s “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” program.

Major Responsibilities:
The Project Digitization Specialist will have primary responsibility for scanning items selected for digitization and creating associated metadata for those digital items. In addition, they will assist with completing background historical research on items for potential digitization, identify items for potential copyright or privacy concerns, and review scanned items and metadata for quality control. They will also collaborate with other staff in the University Libraries to ensure that technical standards and professional practices are followed, monitor production numbers, and work with participants to meet project deadlines.

Required Qualifications:

  • The successful candidate will have a minimum of a master’s degree in library and information sciences or a relevant field
  • Experience working in a library or archives setting.
  • Strong technical skills and the demonstrated ability to communicate effectively are also required.

Preferred Qualifications: The preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience with mass-digitization projects
  • Digitization of cultural heritage materials
  • Securing rights for digital content
  • Reading proficiency of foreign languages (e.g., German, Spanish, Bulgarian)
  • xperience working with design, building, or architectural records.
  • An understanding of architectural and women’s history is also preferred.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
How to Apply for this Job:
Applications must be submitted online at The application package needs to include a C.V., a cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience with the responsibilities associated with the position and the required and preferred qualifications, and names of three (3) references and their contact information. Review of applications will begin February 10, 2017 and continue until the position is filled

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 3/31/2019
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
Pay Range: $45,000 dependent on qualifications and experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: Library
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8am-5pm M-F or as assigned
Job Posting Date: 01/13/2017
Review Begin Date: 02/10/2017
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:
If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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