Job Summary/Basic Function
Ringling College of Art and Design seeks an enthusiastic and creative Digital Collections Assistant (Library Technician III) for the Brizdle Schoenberg Special Collections Center at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library. The newly created Center has a collection of rare books and facsimiles with an emphasis in art, design, and architecture; a diverse survey of artists’ books; and a teaching collection of digital images. The Digital Collections Assistant will work closely with the Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian to support the digital initiatives and daily activities of the Center.
The Digital Collections Assistant will participate in project planning, software evaluation, and digital preservation initiatives; develop a workflow for a wide range of digital projects; improve accessibility to the digital image collection including metadata creation; scan or photograph artists’ books for a visual discovery system; help create and preserve new digital assets, and contribute to online exhibitions and web-based bibliographies. The Assistant will also play a valuable role in the day-to-day activities of the public reading room, providing research and reference services and serving as the Special Collections Center supervisor in the absence of the Librarian.
The successful candidate will have experience or formal training in the development of digital collections; some experience working in an archives, special collections department, or museum; some knowledge of digital preservation; and some experience with content management systems and digital repositories. The ideal candidate will have a strong customer service orientation, a willingness to work in a team atmosphere, and excellent organizational skills. Knowledge or interest in visual resources and artists’ books a plus.
- Bachelor’s degree in design, studio, art history, media arts, or related discipline
- Expertise using both MAC and PC platforms
- Expertise using photo editing and photo management software
- Familiarity with scanning and photographic equipment
- Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team
- Ability to plan, implement, and assess work responsibilities
- Excellent interpersonal, analytical, communication, and organizational skills
- Ability to carefully handle rare, fragile, and mixed format archival materials
- Master’s degree in Library or Information Science or coursework or experience working in an archives, special collections department, or museum
- Experience or formal training in the development of digital collections
- Knowledge of digital preservation
- Experience with content management systems and digital repositories
- Knowledge of bibliographic conventions, and experience searching online catalogs
Special Instructions to Applicants: Open until filled. For full consideration apply by January 8, 2016.