Job Opportunity: Information Resource Technical Specialist, University of Michigan – College of Literature, Science, & Arts – History of Art department

Job Summary

The candidate selected for this position will perform complex technical and bibliographic functions and serve as metadata coordinator. Responsibilities will include; coordinating the acquisitions and metadata of images, and overseeing technical processing of image cataloging. This position will oversee the standardization of cataloging data to professional standards and best practices (VRA Core, Cataloging Cultural Objects).

Quality Assurance of Online Catalog This position will monitor the image uploading process and work closely with the library in the maintenance of the catalog. Routine maintenance includes record corrections, deleting repeated images, finding better images to substitute old ones and monitoring the general quality of the catalog. This position has the task of making sure the catalog is as useful and as accurate as possible.

Cataloging and Collection Development This position will create records for images in a Collective Access database and is responsible for the upkeep of the software and communicating with LSA IT. Must have the ability to recognize historical importance and search terms for access to records and demonstrate visual literacy skills.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Who We Are

The Visual Resources Collections (VRC) unit of the Department of the History of Art supports faculty, students, and staff with their visual resource needs. VRC staff acquire images of visual culture, provide descriptive information specific to the study of art history and other disciplines, and assist in instruction for digitizing, describing, finding, and using images to aid in the study of visual culture. Digital images created by the VRC can be found online in the University of Michigan Digital MLibrary Image Collections.

The Visual Resources Collections contain nearly 500,000 images of art. The collection’s roots are more than 100 years old and developed as a teaching collection to support faculty and students. As the University of Michigan’s History of Art evolved and became a center for scholarship, so did the VRC collection become an international resource.


Image Cataloging• Complete original cataloging of all new acquisitions for the digital collection• Oversee and contribute to the standardization of cataloging data to profession standards and best practices (VRA Core, CCO)• Conduct research using relevant art historical resources• Coordinate with MLibrary staff on cataloging database access and maintenance Project Management:Digitization Workflow: Cataloging• Responsible for setting cataloging priorities for digitization workflow to ensure images are completed by due date• Coordinate catalog updates with MLibrary staff• Develop metadata policies, procedures, and workflows in coordination with VRC colleagues Reference/User Outreach• Create instruction guides on image search tips, image resources at UM, presentation tips and general visual literacy• Provide informal, one-on-one instruction sessions to faculty and other users of collection• Communicate with faculty about instruction sessions and other educational resources• Create instructional materials (handouts, screen-capture videos, lists of links to digital image resources)

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information science or similar area of study
  • 2 or more years of experience in research and instruction
  • Experience with text encoding and digital conversion

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Advanced cataloging training
  • Experience in relational databases
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and use new computer programs quickly and effectively
  • Knowledge of Finding Aids created in the EAD format is desired
  • Advanced knowledge of metadata and visual cataloging (VRA Core) and a background in art history.

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