Digital Asset Manager at The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection: Employment Opportunity

Title:                           Digital Asset Manager

Department:               Collection Management

Reports to:                  Chief Registrar

General Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief Registrar, the Digital Asset Manager is charged with developing the infrastructure of the museum’s digital asset platform, and leading efforts in migrating and organizing exiting media, chiefly images, to meet the Menil Collection’s strategic digital initiatives and future implementation of a Digital Asset Management System (DAMS).

Specific Duties

  1. Work closely with the Menil Archives, and Curatorial, Communications, Publishing, External Affairs and Conservation Departments, to consolidate the museum-wide image and media usage and storage and establish consistent standards, policies, and procedures regarding the same.
  2. Create and enforce naming taxonomies and metadata scheme, tagging files with relevant and accurate metadata, enforcing asset file standards, and ensure application documentation is up-to-date.
  3. Distribute assets to internal users and external partners.
  4. Enforce digitization and photography standards.
  5. Lead training and education for staff.
  6. With the recent implementation of The Museum System (TMS) and Share Point software, and in the early stages of redeveloping the institution’s website, act as a vital hub within the museum’s larger digital and technological goals.
  7. Facilitate the integration of digital media assets into the TMS database from all museum departments, and work closely with IT staff and staff in departments across the institution to improve access to digital assets for daily use, special projects, and initiatives.
  8. Collaborate with and advise TMS administrator on configuration and customization of the TMS server application and other software for image handling and metadata application.
  9. Provide quality control for all metadata to assure accuracy and consistency across the institution. This includes the developing and managing of metadata tools, controlled vocabularies and other metadata standardization solutions.
  10. Assist in bringing existing assets up to appropriate standards, including reorganization of file directories and metadata cleanup projects.
  11. Provide functional support to individual staff DAM software users with technical support from the TMS administrator.
  12. Work closely with TMS administrator to improve and expand the distribution of and access to still image, video, and other digital assets for museum staff and external clients.

Qualifications

  1. BA or BS in Library Science, Museum Studies, Computer Science, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  2. 3-4 years practical experience in a museum, archives, or library image archive, including: database management, software administration, digital rights management, metadata standards and practices, file formatting, and data migration.
  3. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to collaborate with staff at all levels across the institution, and with outside organizations and vendors.
  4. Experience with TMS, digital asset management systems, and print and media technologies.
  5. A thorough understanding of intellectual property law, including “fair use” and similar copyright issues.
  6. Ability to work collaboratively with others as part of a team as well as independently.
  7. Must possess the drive and focus necessary to improve and expand the distribution of and access to the museum’s permanent collection and exhibition assets through digital media.
  8. Team player with the ability to organize information at a high level, multi-task in a fast-paced environment, and creatively solve problems.

Salary and benefits competitive and commensurate with experience.  Please send resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to:  Director of Human Resources, The Menil Collection, 1511 Branard Street, Houston, Texas 77006.  Application materials may also be emailed to:  smmaloch@menil.org.

 

 

 

Job Posting: Research Librarian for Music and Performing Arts, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

The University of Virginia Library is seeking a dynamic and highly-skilled professional to be the Research Librarian for Music and Performing Arts. The successful candidate will serve as a liaison to the McIntire Department of Music and the Department of Drama, including the Dance Minor program, providing in-depth research and teaching support for faculty and students as well as general support for the performing arts across the curriculum. As a member of the Arts & Humanities team in the Library’s Academic Engagement unit, the Librarian for Music and Performing Arts will collaborate with a cohort of subject and technology experts to advance and promote existing services to enhance scholarship in all phases of the research lifecycle, and to identify emerging needs and envision new services in response. The University of Virginia Library embraces innovation and risk-taking, encourages diversity, and looks for staff who are excited by the prospect of working at a forward-looking library during times of great change.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a liaison to the McIntire Department of Music and the Department of Drama, cultivating strong partnerships and seeking opportunities for enhanced collaboration.
  • Provide front-line support and consultation across all research services, as well as expert services and support for music and arts-related research throughout the University.
  • Work with technology and methodology experts on the Academic Engagement team to promote the Library’s existing and emerging digital initiatives.
  • Educate and inform faculty and graduate students about scholarly communication and intellectual property issues, and advocate for sustainable models of scholarly communication.
  • In collaboration with Academic Engagement’s Teaching and Learning team, develop and deliver effective instructional services via classroom-based sessions, online guides and tutorials, or other learning activities.
  • Engage with faculty to integrate information literacy and digital literacy concepts and skills into the curriculum.
  • Contribute to the development of collections in all formats, by scoping and communicating collection needs to the Collections, Access and Discovery team.
  • Partner with Special Collections to promote the use of the Library’s rare and unique music- and arts-related materials.
  • Participate in national conversations relating to library support of both traditional and emerging scholarship, through professional presentations, articles, and other means.

Qualifications, Required:

  • A master’s degree in library or information science, or an advanced degree in music and appropriate experience in an academic library.
  • Experience working in an academic library.
  • Willingness to embrace the challenges of a constantly changing environment, and commitment to continual professional growth and development.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development and enthusiasm for the possibilities offered by academic librarianship as a profession.
  • Familiarity with the tools and methods of digital scholarship.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative, team-based organization.

Qualifications Preferred:

  • Professional experience working in a music or performing arts library.
  • Understanding of established and emerging technologies for musical instruction, research, composition, and performance.
  • Familiarity with scholarly communication and intellectual property issues.
  • Broad knowledge of traditional and new models of collection development and management in music.
  • Understanding of metadata and its importance in support of music scholarship.
  • Working knowledge of foreign languages (German and/or French preferred).

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Willingness to embrace the challenges of a constantly changing environment, and commitment to continual professional growth and development.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development and enthusiasm for the possibilities offered by academic librarianship as a profession.
  • Familiarity with the tools and methods of digital scholarship.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative, team-based organization.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Understanding of established and emerging technologies for musical instruction, research, composition, and performance.
  • Familiarity with scholarly communication and intellectual property issues.
  • Broad knowledge of traditional and new models of collection development and management in music.
  • Understanding of metadata and its importance in support of music scholarship.
  • Working knowledge of foreign languages (German and/or French preferred).

Full post: jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=79487