Digitization Specialist

at Wisconsin Historical Society (view profile)
Published February 21, 2023
Location 816 State Street, Madison, Wisconsin
Category Public or Governmental  
Job Type Paid Internship  
Apply Here https://wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS16939
Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements Bachelor’s degree or higher in Photography (or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience).
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 66,976
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency 71,136
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Pay Grade pay schedule 07, range 33; Civil service classification: IS Business Automation Specialist
Twitter Handle https://twitter.com/WisHistory


The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) is in the midst of a major initiative to ignite a digital transformation as part of a multi-year campaign to build a new History Center, scheduled to open in fall 2026. The exhibits and programming being planned for the Center rely heavily on digital collections, digital learning, and virtual programs, all based in the Center, while the digital content will allow a broad audience from across the state to connect with the Society’s collections and participate in events, lectures, community engagement, workshops and interactive research.

This transformation requires modernization of the Society’s equipment, systems, workflows, and building capacity within the Society’s Digital Services and IT teams. This position is part of a triumvirate that will provide leadership during this transition and help shape our digital strategy for the future. When ultimately realized, the Society’s digital strategy will enable the Society to connect communities across the state and nation to museum programs, ensure broad accessibility and preservation of the Society’s rich collections, and facilitate discovery of freely available digital content for national and international audiences.

This position will utilize a variety of digital imaging equipment and software to create high quality digital surrogates. This position will scan collection materials including, but not limited to, manuscripts, personal papers, maps, photographs, artifacts, and microfilm using flatbed scanners (large-format, standard, and negative), 3D scanners, DSLR cameras, overhead cameras, sheet feed scanners, and microfilm scanners.

The Digitization Specialist will make consistent use of established digitization standards, metadata standards, and technical guidelines for creating the highest quality digital assets for public use. The Digitization Specialist will be responsible for preparing imaged materials for long term access and preservation.