Columbus, OH: Digital Media Specialist, Ohio State University

Job Opening Title:
Digital Media Specialist

Name of Employer:
The Ohio State University

Job Site Location :
Columbus, OH

Application Deadline:

Minimum Degree Requirement:

Years of experience required:

Salary Range:
$49,800 – $66,400

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Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Include instructions for how to apply.:
The Digital Media Specialist supports the ongoing preservation of the University Libraries’ digital media content. Reporting to the Digital Preservation Librarian, the Specialist works to advance the objectives of the University Libraries’ Digital Preservation Ethos. This position works collaboratively to plan, implement, and streamline preservation and access strategies and processes to strengthen and expand our stewardship commitment to a range of digital content. The Specialist has an initial focus on stewarding audiovisual and complex digital media materials, working in close collaboration with the Libraries’ Preservation and Digitization, Metadata Initiatives, Archival Technical Services and Distinctive Collections teams to ensure that digital media preservation and access needs are met. The Specialist demonstrates their ability to:

Collaborate to develop, implement, and manage robust digital file-format based preservation strategies.

Support strategic development of and lead implementation and optimization for digital preservation workflows.

Serve as an expert resource on file format specifications and sustainability.

Collaborate to develop and refine requirements for digitized and born-digital media within the University Libraries’ collections.

Spearhead the evaluation, implementation and use of specialized tools and techniques, which characterize, describe, and/or transform digital materials, to triage digital content in preparation for preservation.

Perform technology and standards monitoring for digital preservation related tools, systems, and practices.

Collaborate in forecasting long-term digital storage growth.

Coordinate the transfer of digital materials from a variety of current and legacy media, and implement mechanisms for ensuring the authenticity, preservation, and access of this material.

Support donors with the transfer of born-digital collections and materials.

Consistently demonstrates commitment to our values and promotes an organizational culture of Discovery, Connection, Equity, Integrity, and Stewardship ( as well as dedication to advance the work of the Information Technology Division. All other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts or Science or other relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Minimum four years of professional experience in digital libraries and/or archives, digital preservation, digital asset management and coordination, or equivalent.

Experience in process management, developing and deploying new process workflows, as well as process improvement in a complex and collaborative work environment 

Experience with using project management/workflow tools such as Airtable, Asana, Basecamp, Jira, Microsoft Project or Trello. 

Experience using digital libraries/archives digital asset management systems and technologies.

File format knowledge and experience with file characterization tools such as DROID, FITS and/or JHOVE.  

Familiarity with and/or experience in recovering content from at-risk digital media. 

Excellent interpersonal skills to collaborate and work effectively within and across organizational boundaries in a diverse organization and with a wide variety of users.  

Strong organizational and analytical skills with proven success in independently prioritizing work and managing competing deadlines.  

Desired Qualifications:

Demonstrated knowledge of archival processing techniques for born-digital materials. 

Familiarity with metadata, digitization, preservation, and accessibility standards for multimedia and creative formats. 

Competency creating and troubleshooting scripted workflows and batch processes using Python, R or similar scripting tools. 

Active participation in one or more groups or organizations related to digital preservation such as DLF, NDSA, SAA, or ALA. 

Experience with applying metadata standards and schema for descriptive, structural, and preservation metadata such as DACS, Dublin Core, EAD, MARC, METS, MODS, PREMIS, PBCore, PREMIS or VRA.

Awareness of information security best practices. 

Please submit cover letter and resume with the online application.

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