Digital Projects Lab Manager (Librarian)

Denton, TX
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Salary: Minimum $48,000
Created: July 8, 2022


The Digital Projects Unit supports the University of North Texas Libraries with guidance and digital services including imaging, archival storage of electronic files, metadata development, and other activities as needed. Within the Unit, four full-time Digital Projects Lab staff members manage a large number of concurrent projects and employ 25 part-time student assistants to prepare content for the UNT Libraries' Digital Collections—including The Portal to Texas History and the UNT Digital Library. 

The Digital Projects Lab Manager is responsible for the general operation of the Digital Projects Lab and works to complete internally- and externally- funded digitization projects in a cost-effective manner with high-quality output. The librarian will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to plan, coordinate, and execute digitization and other digital projects as part of the mission of the UNT Libraries. The librarian will also work closely with other teams and units within the Digital Libraries Division to improve online tools and processes needed by the Lab. The librarian exercises broad independent judgment and authority under the direction of the Digital Projects Unit Head. The librarian serves on library committees and work groups as assigned. Excellent citizenship is expected from the community of scholars at UNT and includes appropriate stewardship of resources; participation in governance; cooperation and collaboration toward department, college, and university goals; and the ability to compromise and work to benefit these units and their constituents.

Specific Position Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the overall activities of the Digital Projects Lab including digitization and quality control activities, training, and digital projects development.

  • Evaluates operations of the Digital Projects Lab and works collaboratively with other staff to make best use of technology, including prioritization of projects. 

  • Works with digitization software and hardware vendors to ensure that hardware and software are performing optimally. 

  • Works with the Libraries’ Technology and Computer Operations Department to plan and execute workstation and computer upgrades. 

  • Provides training for students, staff, and librarians related to digital imaging workflows and digital project management.  

  • Coordinates with Digital Projects staff and others in the Libraries to manage and complete digitization projects for internal and external partners. 

  • Ensures that digitization project outputs consistently meet standards set by the department. 

  • Fosters positive relations with faculty, students, and staff and promotes the University’s and Libraries’ commitment to diversity. 

  • Remains active professionally and contributes to scholarship in the field.

Salary and Librarian Ranking

Salary and librarian ranking are commensurate with experience and professional contributions. Minimum salary for this position is $48,000.00. Librarian rank will be determined by the Library Personnel Affairs Committee through review of the selected candidate's education, experience, scholarly and professional involvement, and service. Complete information about Librarian rank can be found at librarians/.

Required Qualifications

  • Education: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information sciences, or a terminal degree in any field. 

  • Demonstrated ability to manage digital projects from start to completion. 

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. 

  • Demonstrated ability to adjust priorities, manage time wisely, and make quick, effective decisions in a fast-paced environment. 

  • Familiarity with image editing software such as Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom, or Capture One. 

  • Demonstrated ability to identify quality issues with digitized and born-digital image files. 

  • Demonstrated aptitude for thinking creatively and producing training materials, workshops, conference presentations, and publications. 

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to establish positive and productive collaborations with Libraries’ departments and divisions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1 year of supervisory experience, preferably in an academic environment.

  • Knowledge of national standards and best practices for digitization and metadata. 

  • Knowledge of current issues in digital libraries. 

  • Experience with batch processing related to image conversion and manipulation. 

  • Experience executing command-line scripts.

We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop these preferred skills. We strongly encourage those who are passionate about fostering diverse, inclusive, and equitable libraries to apply. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals.

About UNT and the UNT Libraries

The University of North Texas is a student-centered public research university located in Denton, Texas—a college town situated in the northern part of the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex. A Carnegie-ranked Tier One public research university with over 42,000 students, UNT is one of the nation’s most diverse universities. UNT has been designated as both a Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution and stands committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in its pursuit of academic excellence.

A wide range of student- and faculty-centered services are the cornerstone of the Libraries' integral role in the University of North Texas community. As the most-used service on campus and an essential component of education and research at the University of North Texas, the Libraries offer access to an abundant collection of more than 6 million items (print and digital) along with expert personnel to assist patrons in achieving their academic and scholarly goals. We provide innovative and inclusive programs and support to enhance the intermingling of teaching, learning, and research at UNT.

In the UNT Libraries, we define diversity in the broadest terms because we recognize that the best solutions come from a diverse mix of perspectives and backgrounds. We value the qualities, both visible and invisible, that our colleagues bring to their work every day and understand that our differences are our greatest strength.

We recognize our responsibility to foster an open, welcoming environment where students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds can collaboratively learn, work, and serve. We are dedicated to creating a climate that values and actively promotes an equitable and inclusive environment that removes barriers to full participation.

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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