Digital Asset Coordinator at Wesleyan University (Connecticut, USA)

Please note that although the following position will work primarily with still image (2D and 3D) digital assets, candidates with relevant skills and experience working with moving images are invited to apply.

Job Posting Number S00901
Position Title Digital Asset Coordinator
Department Systems Discovery-1263
Job Category Staff Posting
Position Type Full-Time
Position Details
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
Minimum Qualifications
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.
Working knowledge of best practices in digitization and experience using and supporting digital imaging equipment, including digital cameras and flatbed scanners.
Experience in color calibration of monitors, building color profiles, objective and subjective quality control assessments, and performing color correction and image manipulation using standard digital-imaging software.
Self-directed with a proven ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively.
Demonstrated ability to learn new software, technologies, and technical standards.
Strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact collegially with individuals of different backgrounds.
Preferred Qualifications
Demonstrated ability to manage projects, plan and execute workflows, track progress, and meet deadlines and objectives.
Experience digitizing 2- and 3-D objects to digital preservation standards for cultural heritage institutions.
Experience handling fragile or rare material.
Note:  Applicants who meet the required qualifications but not the preferred qualifications are encouraged to apply and communicate the ways in which their relevant experience makes them good candidates for the position.  
Management Competencies Not Applicable
Competencies Action oriented, Creativity and innovation, Decision quality/ judgment, Flexible/receptive to change, Functional/technical skills, Integrity and trust, Organizational skills, Personal accountability, Planning/priority setting, Problem solving, Results-oriented, Teamwork/collaboration, Project management, Respects diversity, Commitment to sustainability
Special Instructions to Applicants
Application close date is August 29, 2021
Additional Information
Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.

Wesleyan requires all employees to be vaccinated against Covid 19 unless they meet the criteria for a medical or religious exemption. New employees must be vaccinated prior to their start date. If an employee needs an exemption for medical or religious reasons, they must submit a request to Wesleyan and be approved before their start date.  

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