Newark, NJ: Book Scan Operator (term), Picturae

Job Title: Book Scan Operator

Area of Expertise: art handling, digitization, rare book handling, paper conservation

Reports To: Workfloor manager


You will be working behind the scenes at a large museum in NYC/Newark over a 12 – 16 month period (Free shuttle service provided from central Manhattan to remote location approximately 25 min away). Your team’s goal is to digitize books and objects in the museum’s collection. As an operator, you will make sure all items are carefully placed on the digitization set for digitization, perform regular quality checks and ensure targets are met.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

You are responsible for placing the books from the museum collection on the digitization apparatus, ensuring that digital images can be captured in the best way possible. These tasks will be done in an efficient manner maintaining a steady pace. Work will include performing regular quality testing, consulting with the project manager and/ or the client’s conservators in case of production issues.

The team consists of you, several other operators/photographers, object handlers, and a work floor manager. We are working according to the rapid capture principle. You and your team will be responsible for keeping the throughput rate of the project at a consistently high pace while paying continuous attention to the quality of the images.

Background information:

Regular quality assurance testing of digital imaging system is conducted using objective testing tools (e.g. Image Science Associates Golden Thread Targets), methodologies and test plans. The workflow shall include regular test imaging of specified test targets to be measured against standards.

During the production phase, work may enter the remediation phase wherein sub-par quality digital imaging shall be addressed through trouble-shooting, analysis and ultimately re-shooting until minimum quality levels are met. The foreman is responsible for coordinating these activities.


This is an ideal entry level position for a newly graduated student with a background in library science, conservation or with a strong object handling background. However before starting, you will be required to undergo relevant training provided by the museum:

· Training for object handling and movement;

· Computer security training and comply with SD 931;

· Safety training for work facility, such as learning evacuation routes and exits and emergency contacts as needed.

Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Other Qualifications

· Experience working with book or paper collections, especially a library or museum background

• Some book or paper conservation experience ideal; Photographic experience in museum environment a plus

· Attentive to detail, have high degree of manual dexterity

· Must be a conscientious individual who takes pride in own work, with the ability to work efficiently at a high pace

· Collaborative attitude

· Must be self-motivated, able to schedule/pace the workload, work well under pressure, meet deadlines and communicate timely with project management when issues arise

· Representative nature, able to work in secured museum environment

· Pragmatic and practical attitude, digitization or photography experience is a pro

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to stand, to walk, to use hands to finger, handle, or feel, and to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms and to climb or balance. The employee is occasionally required to sit, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Requires the physical strength necessary to lift and/or move heavy objects (able to lift and carry 50 lbs., e.g., work of art; able to move, maneuver, and manipulate 250 lbs., e.g., crate)

Please send resume and cover letter to a.fortevitali(at)

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