Digital Projects Lab Manager – Assistant Librarian

at University of North Texas Libraries (view profile)
Published July 7, 2022
Location 1155 Union Circle #305190 Denton, TX 76203-5017, Denton, Texas
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
Apply Here https://jobs.untsystem.edu/postings/60249
Education Requirements ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information sciences, or a terminal degree in any field.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $48,000.00
Hourly or Salary? Salary

Description

The Digital Projects Unit supports the UNT Libraries with guidance and digital services including imaging, archival storage of electronic files, metadata development, and other activities as needed. Within the Unit, four full-time Digital Projects Lab staff members manage a large number of concurrent projects and employ 25 part-time student assistants to prepare content for the UNT Libraries’ Digital Collections—including The Portal to Texas History and the UNT Digital Library.

The Digital Projects Lab Manager is responsible for the general operation of the Digital Projects Lab and works to complete internally- and externally- funded digitization projects in a cost effective manner with high-quality output. The librarian will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to plan, coordinate, and execute digitization and other digital projects as part of the mission of the UNT Libraries. The librarian will also work closely with other teams and units within the Digital Libraries Division to improve online tools and processes needed by the Lab. The librarian exercises broad independent judgment and authority under the direction of the Digital Projects Unit Head. The librarian serves on library committees and work groups as assigned. Excellent citizenship is expected from the community of scholars at UNT and includes appropriate stewardship of resources; participation in governance; cooperation and collaboration toward department, college, and university goals; and the ability to compromise and work to benefit these units and their constituents.

SPECIFIC POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Responsible for the overall activities of the Digital Projects Lab including digitization and quality control activities, training, and digital projects development.
  • Evaluates operations of the Digital Projects Lab and works collaboratively with other staff to make best use of technology, including prioritization of projects.
  • Works with digitization software and hardware vendors to ensure that hardware and software are performing optimally.
  • Works with the Libraries’ Technology and Computer Operations Department to plan and execute workstation and computer upgrades.
  • Provides training for students, staff, and librarians related to digital imaging workflows and digital project management.
  • Coordinates with Digital Projects staff and others in the Libraries to manage and complete digitization projects for internal and external partners.
  • Ensures that digitization project outputs consistently meet standards set by the department.
  • Fosters positive relations with faculty, students, and staff and promotes the University’s and Libraries’ commitment to diversity.
  • Remains active professionally and contributes to scholarship in the field.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information sciences, or a terminal degree in any field.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage digital projects from start to completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust priorities, manage time wisely, and make quick, effective decisions in a fast-paced environment.
  • Familiarity with image editing software such as Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom, or Capture One.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify quality issues with digitized and born-digital image files.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for thinking creatively and producing training materials, workshops, conference presentations, and publications.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to establish positive and productive collaborations with Libraries’ departments and divisions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1 year supervisory experience, preferably in an academic environment.
  • Knowledge of national standards and best practices for digitization and metadata.
  • Knowledge of current issues in digital libraries.
  • Experience with batch processing related to image conversion and manipulation.
  • Experience executing command-line scripts.

We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop these preferred skills. We strongly encourage those who are passionate about fostering diverse, inclusive, and equitable libraries to apply. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals.

 

ABOUT UNT

A wide range of student and faculty-centered services are the cornerstone of the Libraries’ integral role in the University of North Texas community. As the most-used service on campus and an essential component of education and research at the University of North Texas, the Libraries offer access to an abundant collection of more than 6 million items (print and digital) along with expert personnel to assist patrons in achieving their academic and scholarly goals. We provide innovative and inclusive programs and support to enhance the intermingling of teaching, learning, and research at UNT.

As the most-used service on campus and an essential component of education and research at the University of North Texas, the Libraries offer access to more than 6 million items (print and digital) along with expert personnel to assist patrons in achieving their academic and scholarly goals. We provide innovative programs and support to enhance the relationship between teaching and learning at the University of North Texas.

The University of North Texas is a student-centered public research university with over 42,000 students. A Carnegie-ranked Tier One public research university. UNT is one of the nation’s most diverse universities. UNT has been designated as both a Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution and stands committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in its pursuit of academic excellence. We are big and bold.

With 7.5 million people and two international airports, DFW is the fourth-largest metro area in the United States. DFW is racially, ethnically, religiously, and culturally rich and maintains a long-standing commitment to the arts exemplified by local attractions such as the Dallas Arts District and the Fort Worth Cultural District. UNT’s proximity to these major metropolitan centers ensures that our new colleague will be able to access a wide range of activities and cultural experiences. The university also has a generous benefits, leave, and perks package. UNT is located in Denton, Texas, a growing city with a small-town feel and a thriving arts and music scene centered on its downtown Square and is connected by highways and light rail to the major transportation hubs and big-city attractions of Dallas and Fort Worth, about 40 miles away. Want to know more about why you should consider coming to Denton? Check out Discover Denton.

UNT has a highly diverse campus with a wide range of languages spoken in addition to English. We welcome candidates who have experience with HSI/MSIs and/or who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and other variations), Arabic, Tagalog, Farsi, French, or/and Yoruba.

In the UNT Libraries, we define diversity in the broadest terms because we recognize that the best solutions come from a diverse mix of perspectives and backgrounds. We value the qualities, both visible and invisible, that our colleagues bring to their work every day and understand that our differences are our greatest strength.

We recognize our responsibility to foster an open, welcoming environment where students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds can collaboratively learn, work, and serve. We are dedicated to creating a climate that values and actively promotes an equitable and inclusive environment that removes barriers to full participation.