Clayton, MO: Digital Imaging Specialist, Washington University in St. Louis

Job Opening Title: Digital Imaging Specialist – University Libraries

Employer Name: Washington University in St. Louis

Job Location: Clayton, Missouri

Application Deadline:

Salary Range: $49,000.00 – $83,800.00 / Annually

Link to job posting:—University-Libraries_JR62270

Years of experience required: 3

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Scheduled Hours

Position Summary
Reporting to the Digitization Manager, the Digital Imaging Specialist supports the Digitization Unit’s library-wide digitization efforts by producing high-quality digital images of library and special collection materials, which are often unique, fragile primary source materials. The Digital Imaging Specialist is responsible for the digitization process from image capture to post-capture image processing and metadata entry, all while ensuring a high degree of quality control. This position also supports all aspects of student assistant work, including hiring, training, scheduling, and supervision.

Job Description
Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Supports the Digitization Unit’s daily workflows by planning, tracking, prioritizing, and quality controlling multiple projects and tasks in order to meet the goals of the Digitization Unit and other deadlines as they arise.
Determines optimal standards and methods for digitization of materials, including equipment and workflow selection.
Hires, supervises, and trains Student Assistants in digitization procedures, quality control, and metadata creation.
Maintains, configures, and calibrates the equipment, hardware, and software used in the Digitization Unit; troubleshoots and problem-solves to achieve the highest quality and efficiency.
Establishes and follows digital production workflows and guidelines, and maintains shared documentation for project- and program-based work.
Ensures consistent use of quality control guidelines and established digitization standards, including file formats, image resolution, file naming conventions, metadata standards, and more.
Assists in creation and updating of policies, procedures, guidelines, and best practices for digital production, quality control, and project management by providing critical analysis and evaluation of the Digitization Unit’s current practices
Works collaboratively with team members to identify and implement digital capture methods, digital image processing procedures, and digital workflows.
Works closely with the Digitization Manager and with various departments and collecting units, both within the libraries and across the University, to identify and prioritize digitization needs.
Reports on the digitization program’s activities at departmental and library-wide meetings.
Participates in library-wide and university-wide activities, committees, special projects and programs, as assigned.
Maintains knowledge of developments in digitization standards and digital library practices. Represents the library in university, state, and national forums and meetings, in person and online. Performs other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions

May be exposed to dust and mold; must be able to travel to on and off campus locations.
Must be able to lift 40 lbs.
Occasional travel.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent organization skills and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects.
Master of Library Science.
Familiarity with digital preservation methodologies and concepts related to image files;
Knowledge of digital photography technical standards, including resolution, tonality, bit depth, color space, and recommended file formats for preservation and access images.
Knowledge of digital library software/platforms such as Omeka or ARTstor Shared Shelf.
Familiarity with advanced image processing and color management software such as Capture One and basICColor.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree and three years of experience working in a digitization facility, or with substantial imaging responsibilities within libraries, museums, or other cultural heritage organizations; bachelor’s degree and five years of experience working in a digitization facility, or with substantial imaging responsibilities within libraries, museums, or other cultural heritage organizations; or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
Proficient in the setup and maintenance of digital imaging equipment, including digital cameras, flatbed and overhead scanners, photo stands, and lighting environments.
Proficient with image processing workflows and software, especially Adobe Creative Suite.
Familiar with Windows and Mac operating systems.


Salary Range
$49,000.00 – $83,800.00 / Annually

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one’s qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.

Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at to view a summary of benefits.

EEO/AA Statement
Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.

Diversity Statement
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

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