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Davison Art Center Imaging Project Specialist

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

For these two Imaging Project Specialist positions, the DAC is especially interested in hearing from applicants who recently have graduated from, or are enrolled in, graduate programs in museum studies or related fields. If you are an emerging professional in such a field, please be encouraged to apply if you have solid experience in either image processing or metadata preparation, and some (but possibly less) experience in the other of those areas. A complementary pair of specialists may be hired, with each more deeply prepared in one of those areas. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Position Information

Position Information

Job Posting Number T00289
Position Title Davison Art Center Imaging Project Specialist
Department Davison Art Center-1052
Job Category Temporary Posting
Position Details

Two Davison Art Center Imaging Project Specialists will prepare images and metadata in connection with rapid digital photography of original prints for a fixed term of five weeks, working 33 hours per week. These temporary positions report to the DAC Manager of Museum Information Services, who is Project Director. All work will take place at the Davison Art Center. The term of work will be June 19 through July 20, 2017, with 33 hours per week (Monday–Thursday, 9:00–6:00; 45-minute unpaid lunch break each day; no work on Fridays or on July 3–4). This collection digitization project is funded by a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Hourly Rate of Pay: $29.00. No benefits.

Responsibilities include:

Work in a precise, efficient, and collegial manner as part of a small team of project employees, collaborating closely with a fellow Imaging Project Specialist, the Imaging Project Photographer, two undergraduate Imaging Project Assistants, and the Project Director.

Process images (rotate, crop, etc.) following standard DAC workflows with great consistency and attention to detail.

Confirm the quality of images and associated metadata, checking certain metadata against published standards and following procedures for handling any discrepancies.

Embed metadata into images, add images and metadata to the DAC’s collection management system, and perform other related procedures with images and metadata.

Execute standard workflows to prepare images for DAC Collection Search and DAC Open Access Images online.

If and as may be requested as the project proceeds, flexibly shift to performing other project functions.

Minimum Qualifications

B.A./B.S., ideally in a related arts, humanities, or technical field. Ability to work with extreme attention to procedural detail and to the quality of images and metadata. Ability to work collegially in a small team with ambitious production goals. Familiarity with standards-based metadata work and willingness to learn and apply such standards in locally directed ways. Experience with color-managed image processing in Adobe Bridge, Photoshop, and/or other software. Ability to work efficiently in Mac OS X.

Competencies:
Functional/technical skills
Meticulous attention to detail
Interpersonal skills/savvy
Teamwork/collaboration
Integrity and trust
Organizational skills
Time management

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree or coursework in museum or library studies, or in information or imaging science, or related experience. History of work with digital images of original prints, embedded image metadata, and/or rapid-capture workflows. Experience using a museum collection information system, ideally Gallery Systems EmbARK. Familiarity with museum cataloging authorities such as the Union List of Artist Names. A history of involvement with a technically engaged professional community in the cultural heritage sector would be a plus.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For these two Imaging Project Specialist positions, the DAC is especially interested in hearing from applicants who recently have graduated from, or are enrolled in, graduate programs in museum studies or related fields. If you are an emerging professional in such a field, please be encouraged to apply if you have solid experience in either image processing or metadata preparation, and some (but possibly less) experience in the other of those areas. A complementary pair of specialists may be hired, with each more deeply prepared in one of those areas. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Work Sample

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).