Digitization Services Manager
New York Public Library
Long Island City
The Digital Imaging Unit of NYPL Labs is seeking a visionary, inventive
manager to help The New York Public Library to share its vast collections with
the world through digitization. The Manager will oversee the preservation-
grade photography and reformatting of The New York Public Library's rare and
unique holdings (including illuminated manuscripts, prints, rare books,
literary and historical archives, historical maps, one of the world's largest
photography collections, Broadway set and costume designs, and diverse
documents charting the changing landscape of New York City). The Digitization
Services Manager will also serve as a primary architect of a range of new
digitization streams with the goal of dramatically increasing the volume,
speed, and range of NYPL's imaging activities (e.g. rapid book scanning, high-
speed microfilm digitization, and experiments with new approaches). A key
member of the NYPL Labs leadership team, this is a perfect opportunity for an
enthusiastic, problem-solving individual interested in the full digital
library lifecycle, from digitization to the creation of online access
platforms and user-engagement tools (see http://labs.nypl.org/ for some
_**About the Department**_:
The Digital Imaging Unit is part of the New York Public Library Labs (NYPL
Labs). Based dually at the Library's landmark central branch on 42nd Street,
and at its cutting-edge services center in Long Island City, NYPL Labs is an
interdisciplinary team working to reformat and reposition the Library's
knowledge for the Internet age. Labs combines core digital library capacities
(digitization, metadata, permissions/reproductions etc.) with an award-winning
tech/design and outreach team focused on deepening engagement with digital
collections and data, and fostering new forms of research and creativity.
Under the general direction of the Deputy Director, NYPL Labs:
Digital Imaging Unit (DIU) team (7 FTE), including performance management,
training and scheduling.
procedures, and policies of the department and revise as necessary to improve
efficiency and/or workflow.
implements best technical practices for producing and archiving digital
Assists with the
selection of new equipment and follows trends in digital reformatting.
goals for the unit, ensuring that the staff development needs are met and the
infrastructure is in place to support the unit.
preparation, quality control, and documentation.
Liaises with the
Library's curators, librarians, exhibitions staff, metadata staff, repository
development team, and others on a wide variety of projects.
Oversee in the
receiving and returning of materials to and from collection units.
preparation of digital files for archiving, printing and access purposes.
Oversees the timely
delivery of public order photography requests.
capture issues and advises on solutions.
Handles and assigns
duties as required.
Bachelors degree and
substantial relevant experience in a research library or
or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
demonstrated experience with production work, production scheduling and
attainable goal setting.
demonstrated experience training, supervising and evaluating staff and
experience in workflow planning and management, production
of statistics, and
an understanding of bibliographic records.
demonstrated working knowledge of information technologies associated
books, documents and visual materials including experience with Adobe
knowledge of practices and procedures for copy photography,
understanding of cameras, lighting and lenses, and demonstrated experience
changing lenses and handling medium format camera and lighting hardware.
understanding of bibliographic control issues within a large research library
Knowledge of library
preservation issues and successfully demonstrated experience handling rare and
fragile materials preferred.
experience in a production environment.
Awareness of leading
trends in digitization, and an eagerness to expand the scope of digitization
possibilities at NYPL
Professional photography studio located at NYPL Library Services Center in
Long Island City, Queens; travel for meetings at various Manhattan research
center locations as required.
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