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Librarian III, Digitization Supervisor/Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage Coordinator – Digitization Unit


Salary: Grade 110

Department/Location: Digitization Unit/Web Department/Central Branch

About Us:

The Enoch Pratt Free Library, located in Baltimore, Maryland, is one of the oldest public libraries in the United States. Established in 1882, the library now includes twenty one branches in Baltimore, plus the Central Library which also serves as the Resource Center for the State of Maryland. The Enoch Pratt Free Library has been a pioneer in the adoption of technology­­ to serve library customers since the early 1990s, with an evolving variety of citywide and statewide projects. The work site is the Central Library located in the Mount Vernon Historical District.

Benefits:

Four weeks paid vacation per year plus paid personal leave, sick leave, comp time and holidays. Also includes pension plan, medical, dental, and vision plans. Opportunities for training, conferences, and more.

Summary of Duties:

Under the supervision of the Web Manager, the Digitization Supervisor / Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage Coordinator is responsible for planning, directing, and implementing digitization projects for both the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center and the Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage Program, including the oversight of staff, policy, and workflow. Manages the continued growth and development of current projects and implements new projects as they arise, including identifying and evaluating potential digitization projects; selecting materials for digitization; resolving intellectual property and privacy issues; overseeing the scanning of materials and creation of descriptive metadata; and publishing of digital collections to the web using appropriate software and technologies. Researches, evaluates, and selects equipment, software, outsourcing options and procedures for digitization projects. Manages and maintains a digital collections repository, devising its operating procedures and workflows, ensuring adherence to standards and guidelines, ingesting digital files, facilitating the creation of standards-based metadata, and managing the long-term preservation of archival master files. Engages in outreach activities to market the MDCH Program and develop new collaborative partnerships with Maryland libraries or cultural heritage institutions to facilitate the digitization and online availability of historical documents, images, audio, and video; acts as a professional resource by consulting on various aspects of digitization projects. Keeps up-to-date with developments and emerging trends in digitization and develops realistic plans to incorporate new ideas and technologies into the Digitization Unit workflow. Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Digitization Unit, including the training and supervision of two full-time staff and occasional part-time interns/volunteers. Some travel required, must have own vehicle.

Basic Requirements:

Master's degree in Library and/or Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited college or university. Ability to manage and maintain a digital collections repository. Experience in the field of digitization, including knowledge of best practices for imaging, analog to digital media conversion, metadata standards, and preservation of digital objects. Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills; demonstrated creativity, initiative and self-direction; ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities; ability to work both independently and in cooperation with colleagues and project partners in a service-oriented, collaborative environment. One (1) year of supervisory experience directing and evaluating the work of others.

Desired:

Demonstrated strategic planning and project management skills and energy and vision to stimulate innovative approaches to this emerging area of technology. Demonstrated understanding of emerging standards in digital collection management systems, including the use of CONTENTdm digital collections management software and Content Management System software. A combination of the following: XML, HTML, Dublin Core, video-editing, digital photography, copyright law, cataloging methods and application, and OCR methods.

Testing for Drugs:

Those under final consideration for appointment will be required to pass a substance abuse test by the City.

Position of Trust:

Those under final consideration for appointment will be required to authorize the release of and successfully complete a criminal conviction check.

To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to hr16@prattlibrary.org with Librarian III-Digitization-Your Last Name clearly indicated in the subject line. Example: Librarian III-Digitization-Jones (Please pay close attention to the email address when applying as the email address is unique for each posting.)

Deadline:

Monday, April 22, 2013                            

(We reserve the right to withdraw this posting at any time due to an overwhelming response.)

EE/AA; ADA; EOE


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