Digital Imaging Specialist

Athens, OH
Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Ohio University employees enjoy a liberal benefits package including 21 days annual vacation, generous insurance, and Ohio state employee or alternative retirement. The Libraries are committed to pro


Ohio University Libraries


Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Photography or related field  

  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in digital imaging, 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 Adobe Photoshop and Bridge.  

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

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


Preferred Qualifications 

  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution 

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

  • Experience working in museums, libraries, or archives. 

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

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


The Environment 
Ohio University is a comprehensive, state-assisted institution that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University (high-research activity) institution. Ohio University is in Athens, Ohio, a culturally rich, sustainability-focused community situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the southeast corner of Ohio, seventy-five miles from Columbus, the state capital. Athens is within a four-hour drive or less of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis. With nearly 24,000 students on the Athens campus and 10,000 students on five regional campuses, the University offers a diverse, dynamic, and collegial atmosphere to students, faculty, and staff. 


Ohio University Libraries takes pride in providing outstanding service to all its clientele. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, and is a founding member of OhioLINK. The Libraries facilities include the Vernon R. Alden Library, the Music and Dance Library, and the Southeast Ohio Regional Depository. 


Preservation and Digital Initiatives supports the Ohio University Libraries’ collections with preventative conservation, collections storage, and a preservation focused approached to digitization and reformatting. The Digital Initiatives unit works closely with the Mahn Center for Archives and Special collections, the Fred and Kazuko Harris Fine Arts Library, the Center for International Collections, and the Music and Dance Library in order to identify unique and special collections for digitization and reformatting. Digital Initiatives believes in the transformative potential of digitization, through high quality image capture and enhanced description. The unit seeks to raise the profile of and increase access to the Libraries’ collections, but more importantly Digital Initiatives looks for partnerships to develop digital collections into powerful tools for instruction and research. For more information of our digital collections, please follow this link:    


Salary & Benefits 

Salary is commensurate with experience and education.  Ohio University employees enjoy a liberal benefits package including 21 days annual vacation, generous insurance, and Ohio state employee or alternative retirement.  The Libraries are committed to professional development in order to bring best practices and innovative services to the Ohio University Libraries. 


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  For full consideration, apply by December 16, 2018.  Please apply online at 


A complete application consists of a CV or resume, a cover letter addressing the applicant’s interest and qualifications for the position requirements and preferences, and a list of three professional references, including contact information and a concise explanation of the professional relationship of the reference to the applicant. 


Ohio University is committed to the diversity of faculty, staff and students.  Applicants who will enrich the diversity of our campus are especially encouraged to apply. 




The Ohio University Libraries seeks applicants for the Digital Imaging Specialist and Lab Manager position.  In collaboration with the Digital Initiatives Coordinator and reporting to the Head of Preservation and Digital Initiatives, the Digital Imaging Specialist and Lab Manager plays a key role in increasing the digital presence and research viability of OHIO Libraries archival and special collections. The incumbent is responsible for implementation of the PhaseOne imaging workflow making consistent, informed, technical decisions regarding lighting set up, quality control, and file management.  


This position works with a highly specialized camera designed for the digitization of cultural heritage material and ensures the continuity of collections imaging by maintaining FADGI standards for image production. In addition to managing imaging projects the Digital imaging Specialist will manage the scanning operations of OHIO Libraries Digital Initiatives. This includes participating in hiring, training, and supervising student employees as well as troubleshooting and maintenance of scanning equipment. The incumbent will work closely with the Digital Initiatives Coordinator and the Digital Projects team to determine best methods for capture, and manage timelines for successful project completion. 



  • Determining proper specs and configuration of PhaseOne medium format and 35mm DSLR cameras taking into account best practices for image capture, object handling, and project goals. 

  • Photographing rare or unique items owned by Ohio University Libraries, including fragile volumes, documents, three dimensional objects, oversize items, photographic media. 

  • Ensuring FADGI compliance for digital images through use of targets, lighting, and software applications. 

  • Performing file management and quality control 

  • Supervises and trains student workers engaged in digitization. 

  • Troubleshoots and maintains digitization hardware and software, including cameras and scanners. 

  • Manages a separate but complementary workflow of collections photography for library promotion and marketing. 

  • Work closely with Digital Initiatives Coordinator within the Digital Initiatives unit to design and implement digital project goals and specifications.  

  • Actively engages in and contributes to the profession. 


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