Digitization Project Manager

at Robert W. Woodruff Library Atlanta University Center (view profile)
Published February 7, 2024
Location Atlanta, Georgia, GA
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
Apply Here https://www.auctr.edu/about/job-opportunities/
Cover Letter Requirements Recommended
Education Requirements ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science or advanced degree with experience relevant to the position. 
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $73,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $75,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Twitter Handle @AUCWoodruffLib

Description

SUMMARY:

The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library is looking for a highly motivated individual to broaden access and the discoverability of Historically Black College and University’s cultural heritage collections in a full-time, temporary position. Working with the Digital Services Department and the Archives Research Center, the Digitization Project Manager is responsible for coordinating and managing a digitization service hub for HBCU Libraries located at the AUC Woodruff Library in support of the HBCU Digital Library Trust initiative. The services provided will serve as a model for sustaining and deepening the capacity for digitizing, discovering and preserving collections at HBCUs.

ABOUT THE ROLE:

The Digitization Project Manager will coordinate and implement in-house digitization, metadata creation and online access of a range of unique and original archival materials including but not limited to, photographs, documents, publications and audio and video formats from HBCU Libraries located around the U.S. The incumbent will also provide support for participating libraries as they prepare collections for digitization including basic archival processing and preservation techniques. The incumbent will coordinate outsourced digitization of audiovisual formats including working with commercial vendors as needed.  The Digitization Project Manager will report to the Assistant Director for Digital Services throughout the four-year project and will oversee the work of project staff and students and will coordinate with Archivists and HBCU Digital Library Trust staff.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinate the digitization, metadata creation and online access of original archival materials (documents, manuscripts, photographs and negatives, bound volumes, publications, audiovisual formats) received by participating HBCUs following professional standards and institutional best practices.
  • Establish efficient and effective project workflows and standards to ensure the safety and security of collections while onsite for digitization.
  • Support participating institutions as they prepare archival materials for digitization including assisting with identification, gathering and ensuring safe transfer of materials to Hub, copyright review, employing basic preservation measures.
  • Oversee and perform in-house digitization of original archival collections; ensure quality of master images, edit images as needed, and create derivate images for access purposes.
  • Coordinate outsourced digitization of time-based audiovisual content including creating RFPs, working with vendors, managing timelines and conducting quality control.
  • Oversee the creation of item-level descriptive metadata for various original archival materials (documents, manuscripts, photographs and negatives, bound volumes, publications, audiovisual materials) following professional standards and library best practices.
  • Ensure the overall quality of all digital curation activities – to include creation of preservation and access images, file naming, file type(s), image quality, collection and item level metadata, ingest into content management system.
  • Work with Digital Services and project staff to create digital collections and ingest metadata and access images to online CONTENTdm repository.
  • Supervise and assist in the training of project staff and student assistants.
  • Assist with developing training and outreach materials related to the project including articles, presentations at professional conferences and blog posts.
  • Participates in team meetings, provides status updates, and project reports.
  • Serves as the liaison between Harvard project personnel and AUC Woodruff Library.
  • Other Duties as Assigned

WHAT YOU BRING TO THE ROLE:

  • Strong written and verbal communications, and computer skills.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively as part of a team.
  • Experience with standard office software such as Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and well as Google tools.
  • Experience with project management practices, software, and tools.
  • Sensitivity in handling fragile archival materials.
  • Strong attention to detail.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science or advanced degree with experience relevant to the position.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of 20th century African American history, literature and culture, highly desirable.
  • Five years of experience working in an archival repository or library with experience managing complex digitization projects.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of processing and preserving archival collections including standards and best practices.
  • Experience operating a variety of scanning hardware and image editing software including Adobe Photoshop, Abbyy FineReader.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of metadata standards for describing digital collections including Dublin Core, MODS, EAD.
  • Experience with institutional repository digital content management and platforms for digital collections including CONTENTdm and Islandora.
  • Knowledge of digital preservation workflows and best practices
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team involving multiple institutions.
  • Knowledge and experience with project management techniques and tools including software preferred.
  • Experience working with archival digitization vendors preferred.

WHAT WE OFFER:

  • Hybrid onsite/remote work
  • Salary - $73,000 -$75,000
  • Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, and company-paid disability plans.
  • Company match retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application and resume online to the Human Resources Department at this link.

The Robert W. Woodruff Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To learn more about our Library, visit us online at www.auctr.edu.