Assistant Director, Visual Resources Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Summary of Unit Job Duties:

Under the general supervision of the Associate Director of Visual Resources Center, provide professional, relevant, and effective outreach and support for scholarship to faculty, students, and other members of the University community. Work closely with faculty and students to integrate digital images and relevant technologies into the research and pedagogical activities of the Art History Department and Humanities Division. Collaborate effectively with the Associate Director to develop and implement policies and workflows and to assist in all aspects of the daily operation and development of the Visual Resources Center. Catalog, develop, maintain, and administer digital collections. Oversee the work of part-time student and other temporary employees.

Detail of Unit Job Duties:

Metadata Creation and Maintenance. With a user-oriented perspective, create authority-based, original, image catalog records in relational database. Implement and maintain metadata and content standards in image catalog and image archive. Perform quality-control for all records in multiple image databases. In collaboration with Associate Director, develop appropriate metadata display templates. Research and acquire material to fill image orders and develop the VRC’s collections to support current curricular needs and research interests. Assist in training and supervising part-time student cataloging staff.

Digital Collection Management. In collaboration with Associate Director, maintain digital archive and digital collections in the LUNA database. Assist with digital collection management workflows for scanners and digital copy stand photography to ensure efficient processes and timely delivery of images to faculty and students. Participate in ongoing dialogue with patrons to maintain high usability standards for all VRC collections. Maintain, troubleshoot, and perform quality-control, including color fidelity testing, for digital files, delivery systems, and imaging technology. Keep accurate administrative records. Assist in training and supervising part-time student scanning staff.

Instruction and Outreach. Serve as a primary point of contact for patrons of the Visual Resources Center. Develop and deliver specialized training for digital media and related technology to faculty, students, and staff, in groups and individually, including student employee training sessions, classroom instruction sessions, online tutorials, and reference guides. Promote awareness of Visual Resources Center services, digitization equipment, projects, and resources via social media outlets and Center website.

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