Blacksburg, VA: Project Digitization Specialist (term), Virginia Tech

Job Opening Title: Project Digitization Specialist

Institution/Organization Name: Virginia Tech

Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Blacksburg, VA

Application Deadline: Review begins February 10, 2017

Link to job posting:

Years of experience required: Experience working in a library or archives setting.

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The University Libraries at Virginia Tech seeks a service-oriented, innovative, technically savvy, and self-motivated Project Digitization Specialist to support the “Women of Design: Revealing Women’s Hidden Contributions to the Built Environment” digitization project. Over the course of two years, the “Women of Design” project will select, digitize, describe, and provide virtual access to approximately 800 cubic feet of material from Virginia Tech’s Special Collections that illuminate the contributions of women to architecture and design in the United States and across the world from 1929 to 2010. The Project Digitization Specialist will be a full-time, faculty-level position for a two-year period, reporting to a grant funded Project Manager.

This two-year grant project is supported by the “Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives” program, a national competition administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for digitizing collections of rare and unique content in cultural heritage institutions. The program is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and follows the model of CLIR’s “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” program.

Major Responsibilities:
The Project Digitization Specialist will have primary responsibility for scanning items selected for digitization and creating associated metadata for those digital items. In addition, they will assist with completing background historical research on items for potential digitization, identify items for potential copyright or privacy concerns, and review scanned items and metadata for quality control. They will also collaborate with other staff in the University Libraries to ensure that technical standards and professional practices are followed, monitor production numbers, and work with participants to meet project deadlines.

Applications must be submitted online at The application package needs to include a C.V., a cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience with the responsibilities associated with the position and the required and preferred qualifications, and names of three (3) references and their contact information. Review of applications will begin February 10, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


About Meredith Lowe

Outreach Specialist in Continuing Education Services at UW-Madison SLIS. Erstwhile archivist.
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