Digitization Specialist

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Digitization Specialist

Digitization Specialist

6 Month Term Position
Produces digital surrogates of books, manuscripts, photographs and other still image formats from Library and other University holdings. Creates images and surrogates according to deadlines and at specified levels of quality to meet Libraries' goals for preserving collections and providing online resources. This position has a 6 month term of employment.Position Summary

  • Oversees management of individual digitization projects within the DPC, including: assessing materials to be digitized for condition; providing estimates for project timelines; contributing to decisions about project implementation; collaborating with supervisor around the production schedule and project needs; monitoring, and providing direction for students and other staff assisting with projects.
  • Creates digital resources from a variety of source materials and media, following tiered guidelines full spectrum imaging, file sizes, and storage of digital objects; adheres to established file movement strategies to enable creation of metadata, access, and long-term archiving.
  • Identifies potential conservation issues and consults with the Head of Conservation Services or members of that department regarding special handling requirements, intervention, and repairs; uses proper handling techniques to minimize damage during imaging.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.

Required: BA/BS or higher (or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience).

Required: One year experience using professional level digitization equipment in a production environment; a demonstrable understanding of still image capture in a cultural heritage environment such as closed loop calibration, monitor profiling, capture device calibration and profiling and printer profiling; common still image formats and compression schemes (tif, pyramid tif, jpeg, jpeg2000, PDF); and their appropriateness for different purposes; knowledge of color profile conversion; experience operating, cleaning and maintaining professional still image digitization equipment.

Must be detail-oriented and possess excellent organizational and project-management skills; have strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, and an ability to work independently and effectively in a collaborative setting; able to work independently and as a member of a team, responding to changes in project goals or requirements; working knowledge of MS Office applications; demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer services.

Preferred: Demonstrated expertise in the creation and management of digital information in a library, archive, or museum setting; experience with Phase One, Zeutschel, Fujitsu, Hasselblad, Epson and Nikon capture devices; advance Photoshop scripting, Xrite color calibration technology, mass digitization in a cultural heritage environment.
Working Conditions
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds and unpack, shelve and shift large quantities of library materials;
  • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible;
  • Frequent bending, crouching, stooping;
  • Normal office environment

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits
Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 15 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.
Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. We believe that when we understand, celebrate, and tap into our uniqueness to creatively solve problems and address shared goals, our possibilities are limitless. Duke University Libraries value diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and background and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at: http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.
An electronic resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references should be submitted at https://hr.duke.edu/careers/apply - refer to Requisition # 401535507. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employercommitted to providing employment opportunity without regard to anindividual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, genderidentity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robustexchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity ofour perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achievethis exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feelsecure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals arerespected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our communityhave a responsibility to uphold these values.
Essential Physical Job Functions:Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System mayinclude essential job functions that require specific physical and/ormental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests forreasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.





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Posted: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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