Digital Imaging Specialist and Lab Manager at Boston University

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Jul 26, 2022, 1:33:01 PM7/26/22
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DIGITAL IMAGING SPECIALIST AND LAB MANAGER, Boston University Libraries - 22500564590615

Boston University Libraries seeks a Digital Imaging Specialist and Lab Manager, who will play a key role in increasing the digital presence and research viability of Boston University’s archival and special collections through the production and management of digital archival images. Reporting to the Head of Digital Ventures, this position is responsible for the implementation of imaging workflows, which include making consistent, informed, technical decisions regarding lighting set up, quality control, and file management.


The Digital Imaging Specialist works with specialized image capture systems designed for the digitization of cultural heritage material and ensures the continuity of collections imaging by aligning practice with standards and practices for archival image production. In addition to managing imaging projects, this position will be responsible for managing the Digital Ventures digitization lab, which includes hiring, training, and supervising student employees, as well as the monitoring and management of digitization equipment.


The Boston University Libraries value and support the work of BU librarians, archivists, and information and subject specialists to seek and share knowledge, practices, and perspectives that advance library services to the university community. Library staff regularly participate in regional and national professional organizations and leadership forums through innovative projects, collaborations, presentations, publications, and service assignments in relevant associations. Embedded in numerous vibrant library and information specialist networks, the Boston University Libraries are active members within the Boston Library Consortium, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Coalition for Networked Information, and library staff at BU serve as engaged thought-leaders on a wide breadth of library management and service areas across diverse communities


Boston University, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the globe. Chartered in 1869, the University is home to more than 33,000 students from more than 130 countries, 375,000 living alumni, 10,000 faculty and staff, and 17 schools and colleges.


Through the Libraries, BU also is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Northeast Research Libraries Consortium (NERL), HathiTrust, the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), the Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST), the OCLC Research Library Partnership, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and the Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship (HELIOS).



·         Configuration and optimal use of digitization cameras (e.g., PhaseOne medium format; DSLR), while considering best practices for image capture, object handling, and project goals.

·         Photographing rare or unique items held in Boston University Libraries collections, including fragile volumes, documents, three dimensional objects, oversize items, photographic media.

·         Alignment with archival standards and practices (e.g., FADGI) for the production of digital images through use of targets, lighting, and software applications.

·         Performing file management and quality control.

·         Supervising and training student workers engaged in digitization.

·         Troubleshooting and maintaining digitization hardware and software, including cameras and scanners.

·         Consulting with Head of Digital Ventures and campus stakeholders to identify and complete digitization projects.

Required Skills:


·         Bachelor’s degree in commercial photography or related field.

·         Minimum of 1 year of experience relevant to digital imaging.

·         Familiarity with operating and maintaining a range of capture and imaging technology, camera and scanner hardware.

·         Familiarity with digital image editing software, data management, and processing, such as Capture One, Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Bridge.

·         Demonstrated ability of working well both independently and collaboratively to inspire a shared vision with colleagues and students in a rapidly changing and diverse campus environment.

·         Working knowledge of best practices and trends in digital photography, capture, color management, formats, conversions, and standards for digital objects.

·         Familiarity with batch processing related to image conversion and manipulation.


A resume and cover letter are required to be considered.


Preferred Qualifications

·         MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution.

·         Experience working in a museum, library, or archive

·         Management experience, especially supervising students in a higher education setting.

·         Familiarity with standards for care and handling of rare and fragile materials.

·         Project management experience, with demonstrated ability to manage projects, plan and execute workflows, track progress and meet deadlines and objectives.

·         Knowledge of metadata practices and standards such as Dublin Core, METS, MODS, PREMIS, VRA, EAD, and TEI.


All Applications must be made through the link below:


Digital Imaging Specialist and Lab Manager






Please note all newly hired staff and faculty, will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and BoosterRequirement within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption (instructions). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit theBack2BU site.

 We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender

identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


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