Job Posting: Digitization Technician, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, include your salary requirements, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The Digital Conversion Unit (DCU) provides digital conversion and preservation of books, maps, posters and other flat media, as well as audio and moving image digitization, for the University of Michigan Library. The Digitization Technician will be responsible for managing the workflow for the digitization of rare and unique audio and moving image recordings with an outside vendor.  The Digitization Technician will create and maintain database records, prepare and ship materials, receive and inspect materials on return from the vendor.  The Digitization Technician will be responsible for the care and handling of rare and fragile objects and artifacts and work closely with the Preservation and Conservation department to understand the best means for digital capture.  Candidates should have excellent attention to detail, problem solving and communication skills and be comfortable working in a production environment while following best practices for material handling and preservation quality.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library’s mission.


  • Manage production workflow for digitization of rare and unique audio and moving image recordings and books with an outside vendor.
  • Create records in the library’s management system for each recording and book.
  • Prepare materials for vended digitization including identifying potential problems with condition or digitization and developing special instructions for the vendor.
  • Resolve basic problems with handling, treatment and digitization needs directly with the vendor and library staff.  Work with supervisor to resolve more complex problems.
  • Receive shipments and review the quality and completeness of digitized files. Prepare and delivers digital files for storage.
  • Work with collection managers to inventory, identify, and prioritize collections for digitization, evaluates condition and potential digitization problems, including cataloging and metadata issues.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of policies, procedures, and documentation guides for materials. Research and recommend procedures, equipment, and best practices.
  • May train, supervise, or coordinate the work of other unit staff, student assistants, interns, volunteers, or staff from other units as needed either on a project basis or permanent staff. Occasionally may organize and present workshops for unit staff, library staff, or external audiences.

Required Qualifications*

  • High school graduate with one to two years of library or project management experience or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Strong organizational, time management, and problem-resolution skills; ability to meet deadlines consistently in a production environment.
  • Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and in a group environment as part of a well-functioning and diverse team.
  • Demonstrated ability with word processing, spreadsheets and database inputting.
  • General knowledge of digitization concepts and techniques, particularly relating to digital libraries and archives.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent amount of experience and education.
  • Experience with the production, preservation, and/or digitization of audio and moving image materials.
  • Experience in a research library setting, especially experience using library cataloging systems.
  • Demonstrated understanding for applying and integrating new software and hardware; advanced database management skills.

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