In partnership with over 300 libraries, archives and museums (and growing), California Revealed helps public libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other heritage groups digitize, preserve, and provide online access to materials documenting the state’s history, art, and cultures. We also provide free access and preservation services for existing digital collections, including technical advice and guidance, for partner organizations with in-house digitization programs.
We gather best archival practices for digitization and digital preservation, establishes low-cost, practical standards, and then manages digitization, online access, and digital preservation activities on behalf of partner organizations. Free public access is provided for teaching, study, and enjoyment. In addition, records are shared with Calisphere, WorldCat, the Digital Public Library of America, and the Home Movie Registry. More information about partner services and opportunities is available here.
California Revealed is grant-funded by the California State Library. Project operations are located at the California State Library in Sacramento.
We have an open Digital Services Librarian/Print Preservation Manager position available with a contract that will run through August 2022, with the opportunity for renewal, dependent upon available funding. This is structured as an onsite position, with remote work possible, as needed. The team follows the California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Office Spaces when onsite.
This position is open until filled and begins immediately. First review of applications will begin June 1, 2021.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Print Preservation Manager will serve as a work leader primarily for coordinating the digitization of print collections on behalf of program partners, and will be responsible for transferring digitized archival materials to the CA-R LTO Digital Repository. The Print Preservation Manager will report to the Director.
The Digital Services Librarian/Print Preservation Manager will help support the following activities:
- Provides the expertise and technical knowledge required to manage workflow for digitization, preservation and long-term access of archival materials, with a focus on print collections, including newspapers, manuscripts, photographs, scrapbooks, ephemera, etc.
- Leads the strategic direction of the print preservation stream in collaboration with the Director.
- Oversees the care, maintenance, and security of all print holdings that are digitized through the California Revealed program.
- Serves as liaison between digitization vendors and partner archives.
- Corresponds with partners regarding selection, description, and preparation of physical materials for digitization and ingest into the California Revealed Digital Repository.
- Performs quality assurance and control of new digital preservation files and metadata records for ingest into the California Revealed Digital Repository.
- Standardizes metadata for ingest into a content management system according to cataloging authorities in the Dublin Core and MODS schema.
- Uploads, maps, and aggregates metadata.
- Arranges and prepares archival materials for digitization vendors. Coordinates workflow for the onsite camera technician as well as for offsite digitization vendors.
- Communicates with digitization vendors and partner archives.
- Writes LTO to store approved digital objects offline.
- Reviews digitization shipments to confirm invoices.
- Curates exhibits, themes, and coordinates metadata improvements to enhance discoverability of the California Revealed Collection.
- Contributes to development of the California Revealed Digital Repository and public access site, californiarevealed.org.
- Manages and evaluates work of Digital Services Librarians by providing mentorship and fostering an environment of inclusiveness and collaboration.
- Assists with development of digital preservation workshops, webinars, and other outreach projects.
- Assists with development of the Processing/Cataloging Assistance Grant program and other metadata projects.
- Represents California Revealed at professional conferences and meetings.
- Other duties as assigned.
Required Capabilities and Experience
- Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field.
- 2+ years of experience with cataloging, handling and preservation of archival materials, particularly for print materials, and coordinating digitization workflow activities.
- Working knowledge of library and archives preservation principles, including digitization and metadata standards for long-term preservation and access.
- Demonstrated understanding of archival arrangement and description. Knowledge of current and emerging library and information standards such as MARC, PBCore, Dublin Core, MODS, Encoded Archival Description, and various thesauri for cataloging.
- Familiarity with digital asset management systems and repositories.
- Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently, in an environment where consultation, flexibility and cooperation are essential.
- Ability to effectively troubleshoot technical problems, isolate causes and implement solutions. Patience for training and support.
- Strong analytical, documentation, and written/verbal communication skills.
- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
- Proficiency with MS Office applications in Microsoft and Mac environments, particularly Excel.
Preferred Capabilities and Experience
- Interest in California history.
- Experience with cataloging, handling and preservation of digital formats.
- Experience and facility with Adobe Photoshop (for quality control).
- Familiarity with Terminal commands to facilitate batch processing.
$45-50/hour, depending on skills and experience. 32-40 hrs/week. Annual independent contract (1099), with subsequent contracts dependent upon available funding. This position is open until filled and begins immediately.
Please send cover letter and resume to:
Pamela Vadakan, Director