Digital Camera Operator

at The University of Pennsylvania (view profile)
Location Philadelphia, PA
Date Posted March 29, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Penn Libraries is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Digital Camera Operator. Working under the supervision of the Head of The Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image (SCETI), the Digital Camera Operator will be a member of a project team digitizing Penn Libraries’ collections. This is a three-year term position with the possibility of extension.

Since 1996, The Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image (SCETI) has been enhancing the research and scholarly use of rare books, manuscripts, and other primary source materials by making them available online through Penn websites, such as OPenn, Penn in Hand, and Print at Penn. Several of our projects represent collaborations between the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and other libraries, museums, and private collectors. Startup costs were met through a generous gift from Library Overseer Lawrence J. Schoenberg. SCETI has also received grants from federal and private foundations for specific projects, including an NEH Challenge Grant.

-Photographs rare and fragile materials using a digital camera.
-Makes appropriate choices for capture and image manipulation, including resolution, tonal settings, etc. based on project technical and photographic specifications and profiles.
-Transfers images, creates and indexes backups. Performs routine maintenance related to digital cameras and reports problems as appropriate.

A High School Diploma or GED is required and 1 year to 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Some college preferred. Knowledge of skills for use of digital cameras, digital-image capture, practices, and standards. High visual acuity and color perception. Expert knowledge of Photoshop, proficiency with applications and image-capture software, and ability to learn new applications quickly. Ability to troubleshoot computing and scanning problems. Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail. Skilled in handling rare archival materials an asset. Works well in a team environment.

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The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.
Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

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