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Digital Programs Librarian, Boston Athenaeum (Boston)

Reporting to the N.E.H. Chief Technical Services Librarian, the Digital Programs Librarian plays a critical role in preserving, providing access to and promoting the Boston Athenæum’s collections by overseeing all facets of image production, including the post-capture processing of digital surrogates; ingestion into the Athenaeum’s digital asset management system (DAM), CONTENTdm; and adding appropriate metadata. The position also maintains the integrity of the Athenaeum’s DAM; adheres to file naming protocols; and maintains the organization of the digital surrogate drives and files. Additionally, the position is responsible for fulfilling rights and reproduction requests for images for internal and external patrons. 


Work the Chief Technical Services Librarian, Curators, Library, and Conservation staff in identifying collection material for digitization 
Responsible for safely gathering materials selected for digitization; ensuring their security while in the imaging lab; and safely re-shelving items, after digitization in a timely fashion
Work with the Chief Technical Services Librarian to coordinate workflows, prioritizing projects, setting method of digitizations, determining timetables and accessing available metadata 
Consult with Conservation when necessary to assess the suitability of materials for digitization
Operate digital imaging equipment to produce high-resolution images, making post-capture decisions as to composition, cropping, color correction, and alignment in accordance with digitization best practices
Perform post-capture production of digital surrogates and ingest them into the Library’s digital asset management system CONTENTdm 
Ensure the integrity of CONTENTdm by maintaining the directory access searches 
Digitizes collection material to fulfill specialized internal, departmental projects (e.g. exhibitions, promotional material, social media, lectures, etc.)
Ingest digital surrogates and accompanying, quality metadata into external platforms such as the Internet Archive and Digital Commonwealth
Create documentation for new departmental procedures and keep existing documentation up-to-date
Fulfills requests for rights and reproduction of images of items from the Athenæum collections
Serve as a supervisor in the Special Collections Reading Room once a week
Work with the Athenaeum archivist in developing policies related to institutional electronic records
Train, supervise, and monitor Technical Services interns when necessary 
Keep up with current industry standards, best practices, and policies in digitization
Give tours of the Imaging Studio, as needed



Master of Library and Information Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent training and experience required
At least three years of professional experience in the production and management of digital surrogates of cultural heritage materials required
Knowledge of CONTENTdm digital asset management system required 
Demonstrated ability in operating and maintaining a range of capture and imaging technology, camera, scanner hardware, and lighting techniques required
Knowledge of digital image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Bridge required
Knowledge of metadata practices and standards such as Dublin Core required
Knowledge of current trends and best practices in digitization (e.g. FADGI, IIIF) required 
Experience handling rare and fragile art objects and paper-based materials, required 
Ability to carry out detailed procedures with accuracy under minimal supervision; to plan and prioritize job responsibilities and tasks required
Effective organizational and  communication skills, including the ability to present complex concepts and ideas clearly in written or oral form required
Capacity to work collegially with other staff members and to interact respectfully with patrons required
Commitment to fostering a workplace culture of diversity and inclusion required
Experience ingesting digital surrogates into external platforms such as Internet Archive and Digital Commonwealth preferred 
Coding capabilities preferred
Supervisory experience preferred
Knowledge of rights management and copyright issues related to digital surrogates preferred

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this job description describes you, then please apply for this role.

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$55,000.00 - $59,000.00  / year

Closing Date

How to Apply

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The Boston Athenæum is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply and are committed to hiring individuals who value a diverse and inclusive work environment. The Boston Athenæum is also committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Nora Conley HR Generalist at 617-720-7630


2023-08-23 |  Quick link to this job