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We're hiring! Digital Services Librarian/Print Digitization and Preservation Manager

In partnership with over 350 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 the best archival practices for digitization and digital preservation, establish low-cost, practical standards, then manage 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. Program operations are located at the California State Library in Sacramento. 

We have an open Digital Services Librarian/Print Digitization and Preservation Manager position available with a contract that will run through June 30, 2023, 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 Guidelines when onsite. 

This position is open until filled and begins immediately. The first review of applications will begin July 22, 2022. Hiring is contingent on Fiscal Year 2022-2023 budget approval. 

 

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 Digitization and Preservation Manager will help support the following activities:

  • Leads the strategic direction of the print preservation stream in collaboration with the Director. 
  • Provides the expertise and technical knowledge required to manage the workflow for digitization, preservation and long-term access of archival print collections submitted by partner organizations.   
  • Oversees collections care and security of all print materials that are digitized through the California Revealed program.  
  • Tracks project workflow via digital asset management software.   
  • Corresponds with and advises partners regarding assessment, conservation, selection, description, and preparation of physical materials for digitization and ingest into the California Revealed Digital Repository. 
  • Standardizes metadata for ingest into the California Revealed Digital Repository in compliance with program-specific metadata guidelines according to the Dublin Core metadata schema. 
  • Uploads, maps, and aggregates metadata. 
  • Performs quality assurance and control of digital files and metadata records for ingest into the California Revealed Digital Repository. 
  • Arranges, prepares, and ships archival materials to digitization vendors. Coordinates workflow for the onsite camera technician as well as for offsite digitization vendors. 
  • Serves as liaison between digitization vendors and partners. 
  • Writes LTO to store approved digital objects offline. 
  • Reviews digitization shipments to confirm invoices. 
  • Contributes to development and documentation of the California Revealed Digital Repository and public access site, californiarevealed.org. 
  • Curates exhibits, themes, and coordinates metadata improvements to enhance discoverability of the California Revealed collections. 
  • Participates on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Evaluation Committee and helps to implement goals of the California Revealed EDI Evaluation.  
  • Trains and supervises Digital Services Librarians and Interns by providing mentorship and fostering an environment of inclusiveness and collaboration. 
  • Assists with interviewing and hiring of team positions. 
  • Assists with development of the Processing/Cataloging Assistance Grant program and other metadata projects. 
  • Participates on the Outreach Committee. Reaches out to new partners, regularly posts to California Revealed's social media, contributes to seasonal newsletter, and assists with the development of digital preservation workshops, webinars, and other outreach projects. 
  • Participates on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Evaluation Committee and helps to implement goals of the California Revealed EDI Evaluation. 
  • 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 Acrobat, Photoshop and Bridge (for quality control). 
  • Familiarity with Terminal commands to facilitate batch processing. 

 

Compensation 

$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.  

 

Application 

Must be submitted by Friday, July 22,  2022 for initial review. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled.  

 

Please send a cover letter and resume to: 

Pamela Vadakan, Director 
pvadakan@californiarevealed.org 
916.653.5074