Digital Asset Coordinator

at Wesleyan University (view profile)
Location Middletown, CT
Date Posted July 27, 2021
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Education Requirements Bachelor’s degree and at least 1 years’ related experience in a digital capture studio at an academic or cultural heritage organization OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 50,800
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Twitter Handle Wesleyan_Lib


Wesleyan University Library’s digital collections have expanded significantly in recent years, now numbering well over 50,000 in total. Each year, the Library’s digitization labs add several thousand digital objects to the collections, including born digital items, newly digitized archival collections, and those recently received as gifts, while also overseeing the technical infrastructure that makes these items discoverable and usable, and ensures their long-term preservation. Digital Initiatives, under the aegis of the Library, partners with faculty and students from across campus to support teaching, learning, and research with digital collections.

Reporting to the Head of Digital Initiatives, the Digital Asset Coordinator (DAC) is responsible for supporting digital production, use, and management across the library, including to the Visual Resources Center, Special Collections & Archives, the Anthropology and Archaeology Collections, and the College of East Asian Studies collection.

The DAC will assist in determining the appropriate level of digitization and preservation for requests and projects, ensure that digital files meet national standards for digitization of cultural heritage materials, and update processes as necessary to reflect those standards.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manages digitization requests and ongoing projects for Digital Initiatives, including communication with constituents about the status of the work
  • Updates, documents, and enacts efficient digital production workflows that support the creation of digital objects conforming to national standards
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Digital Lab, including hiring and supervision of  student employees
  • Performs digitization, post-processing, and quality control for a range of material types
  • Performs ingest for a variety of platforms in use at the library, including Islandora, JSTOR Forum, and Brightcove; and deposits files in the preservation storage system
  • Provides faculty support with issues related to using images produced and managed by Digital Initiatives for teaching and publication
  • Facilitates the RFP process for outsourced digitization including drafting and posting proposals, as well as preparation, shipping, and receiving of materials
  • Stays up-to-date on trends in the field of digital scholarship and curation, and seeks to apply continuous improvement to Digital Initiatives workflows and processes
  • Performs additional duties as assigned