Digitization Technologist

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Created: November 1, 2012


Position Information
Requisition Number: 007088
Pay Grade/Pay Range: 56 Monthly (exempt) - Minimum - $ 26062.40 Midpoint - $ 37148.80
Classification Title: IT Technical Specialist I
Working Title: Digitization Technologist

Additional Details

Search Scope

FLSA Code: Exempt (Salaried)
Job Category: Information Systems/Technology Support
Organization: 219101 - UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Normal Work Schedule (i.e. Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:45pm): Monday - Friday 8 a.m. -4:45 p.m.
Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible)

Job Summary
Under general supervision, the IT Technical Specialist I performs a variety of standard and non-standard specialized or technical IT support services following established procedures. Some evaluation, originality or ingenuity is required.

Additional Department Summary
The Digitization Technologist will analyze technical problems and devise solutions, as well as seek out methods for new and better functionality. Research into improved methods of delivery and preservation support is expected.

The Digitization Technologist position requires an individual who is self-motivated, curious, and eager to learn and explore. The successful applicant will have a good base of understanding of a variety of technologies related to digitization and digital libraries, and will be capable of quickly processing and integrating new technical information and developments. This position requires strong analytical problem-solving capabilities and technical expertise. Command-line scripting capabilities are expected.

This Digitization Technologist will be involved in developing software support for digitization, preservation and delivery work flows. Additionally, this position will be responsible for capture, quality control, optimization, gathering of administrative, technical, structural, and descriptive metadata, and tracking, archiving and storage of resulting digital objects. This position will maintain appropriate hardware and software and perform other duties as needed. Supervision of up to two (2) students may be assigned.

This position requires extreme attention to variations in color and texture when viewing/producing digital formats and auditory attention to detail in listening to and/or producing audio recordings.

Required Minimum Qualifications
Associate's degree or higher and some experience in a relevant IT field (Student or Graduate Assistant, Intern, or student oriented experience will be considered), OR any equivalent combination of experience, training, education and/or certification from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been obtained.

To be considered, relevant student work experience must be detailed in the employment section on the application.

Knowledge of basic programming, networking, system, multimedia or instructional technology skills. May require specialized training or certification.

Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation.

Additional Required Department Minimum Qualifications
Associate's degree and at least two (2) years of training or experience in digitization software, hardware, and applications; OR a Bachelor's degree or higher and at least six (6) months of training or experience in digitization software, hardware, and applications.

Competence in basic computer skills which include use of Windows and/or Macintosh desktops, Office Productivity Suite, demonstrated use of Photoshop and Bridge or similar software programs and other digital conversion software. Fluency in Microsoft Excel.

- Evidence of self-motivation and eagerness to learn and explore.
- Evidence of understanding of a variety of technologies related to digitization and digital libraries.
- Evidence of capability to quickly processing and integrate new technical information and developments.
- Evidence of strong analytical problem-solving capabilities.
- Demonstrated technical expertise, including command-line scripting such as MS Basic, Perl and Python.
- Demonstrated research capabilities.
- Demonstrated knowledge in the creation and management of digital information.
- Excellent organizational skills: the ability to juggle multiple competing priorities and achieve goals, and to manage projects from design to completion.
- Interest in archival formats and archival and delivery standards. Sensitivity to the handling issues of fragile library materials.
- Adaptability.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work independently and effectively in a collaborative setting.
- Highly developed sense of visual acuity and color variation in digital products.
- Highly developed auditory skills for transcribing/producing digital audio records.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(List any specific knowledge, skills or abilities needed to effectively perform in the position.)

Preferred Qualifications
(Add any additional qualifications preferred by the department)
- Demonstrated expertise in the creation and management of digital information in a library, archive, or museum setting.
- Expertise in color calibration, color management systems, audio digitization and optimization.
- Knowledge of diacritics and encoding issues, particularly between MS Office product exports and UTF-8.
- Working knowledge of XML, HTML, and XSLT.
- Knowledge of metadata standards such as EAD and MODS.
- Experience in designing and interacting with databases (Access, SQL).
- Background in photography or digital imaging technologies OR background in analog/digital audio capture and editing

Department Required Skills Tests

Skills tests must be taken by the job close date. Contact the Human Resource Service Center at (205)348-7732 to schedule the tests or confirm test scores.
No Skills Tests Required

Department Required Background Checks: Standard plus Federal (convictions in federal court)

For cost information, visit http://hr.ua.edu/benefits/HRpolicymanual.html.

Job Open Date: 10-23-2012
Job Close Date: 11-06-2012

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