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Digital Imaging Specialist, Library (7397U)
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 24, 2019
Title Digital Imaging Specialist, Library (7397U)
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Library

Digital Imaging Specialist, Library (7397U)

About Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 06/13/2019

Departmental Overview
The UC Berkeley Library provides scholarly information to all faculty and students in support of the University's research and instruction mission. Library IT (LIT) provides technical support for Library, including developing, purchasing and/or supporting all types of hardware platforms and software applications. LIT has primary responsibility for supporting and building UC Berkeley Library's Integrated Library System (ILS), The Library website(s) (Drupal) and digital projects. The library's digital projects are research vehicles that are used by library patrons ranging from UCB faculty, students, and staff, Stanford, other academic institutions' faculty and graduate students, and the general public.

The UC Berkeley Library is a leader in the investigation and implementation of advanced digital library services. Areas of current work include scalable digital library system architectures, developing efficient methods for creating digital library content, the long-term preservation of digital materials, and standards for digital objects, digitization, and archival collection descriptions. LIT supports digital library activities by providing managerial and technical analysis, writing programs to create digital content, writing, enhancing, and maintaining tools to publish, create, and manage digital objects, and training staff for projects that add content to our digital library.

This position is one of a team of digital imaging staff. They will be working on short and long term digital projects dealing with a range of physical media. This position uses a variety of imaging equipment -- for example, DSLR cameras, medium format camera, large format scanner, and microfilm scanner -- to produce high resolution images. They will be responsible for handling a variety of formats and media, including rare fragile items, negatives and oversized materials. This position is also responsible for performing quality control for images produced by others in the unit.

  • Works with a wide variety of image capture technologies, networks and computer hardware and software, applying the appropriate solution to non-standard problems.
  • Uses various types of equipment to create digital images, including, DSLR cameras, medium format camera, large format scanner, and microfilm scanner.
  • Uses a variety of software to process images, including Capture One, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Lightroom, SilverFast
  • Perform digital capture from a range of Library materials to very exacting standards, consistently and productively.
  • Handle rare or fragile originals skillfully to prevent damage.
  • Organize and inspect captured image files.
  • Process files to create master tiffs, derivative image files and readable PDFs.
  • Transfer files to Library servers for preservation and access
  • Deliver files and related technical metadata to next stage of workflow

Required Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of common campus-specific and/or other computer application programs.
  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, both verbally and in writing.
  • Solid ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Working skills to analyze information and synthesize large amounts of data with strong attention to detail.
  • Must be self motivated, work independently or as part of a team, able to learn quickly, meet deadlines and demonstrate problem solving skills.
  • Ability to function effectively in an environment of competing priorities, balancing important tasks, urgent tasks, and ongoing maintenance
  • Ability to monitor project work flow on multiple projects simultaneously from commencement to completion.
  • Understanding of image capture production methods and equipment and ability to use this information to troubleshoot systems.
  • High attention to detail and very good organizational skills
  • Excellent fine-motor coordination, e.g., to handle fragile paper-based originals
  • Familiarity with digital photography, file formats, capture resolution, and color management
  • Ability to do repetitive tasks keeping to exacting imaging standards
  • Ability to move from one project to another, keeping track of the workflows and requirements for each project
  • Knowledge of quality control processes

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of imaging technology.
  • Excellent photographic skills: camera and lighting setup, alignment, composing, focus, exposure, Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw
  • Experience working with rare archival materials
  • Knowledge of digital library projects
  • Experience in a higher education environment
  • Specialized related technical knowledge such as: creating and judging ICC color profiles; application of FADGI guidelines; applications of JPEG2000 format; bulk calibrated conversion of camera raw files
  • Specialized related photographic skills such as: specialized lighting techniques; positive conversion of scans from photographic negatives

Salary & Benefits
$21.70 - $33.09 per hour
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How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

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