In 2008, the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Walters Art Museum embarked on an initiative to digitize its collection of medieval illuminated manuscripts and make all of the images and associated descriptive information freely available online under a Creative Commons license. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the project has resulted in the digitization of more than 200 manuscripts and is entering its fifth year.
The Walters seeks a Digitization Specialist to join the project team on the next stage of its activities—the digitization of 113 Flemish manuscripts, including 80 books of hours. This is a two-year, temporary, grant-funded position ending on December 31, 2014. The incumbent reports to the Project Director.
- Capturing high-resolution digital images of illuminated manuscripts using existing digitization equipment, exhibiting competent handling skills for fragile materials and strong knowledge of digital imaging theory and practice
- Performing color correction, quality control, and processing of images
- Conducting data transfers using established protocols and overseeing delivery of images and metadata to digital repositories
- Entering metadata into a purpose-built cataloging tool and ensuring its integrity throughout a complex workflow
- Bachelor’s degree and at least two years demonstrated experience in handling works of art; preference will be given to applicants with manuscript handling experience. Familiarity with digital photographic principles and practice, basic database function, and fundamental library cataloging theory is desired. The incumbent must be detail-oriented, meticulous, and committed to a high standard of work. Library cataloging experience, editing/proofreading ability, and/or Master of Library Science degree a plus.
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