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Imaging Technician II, Harvard University (Cambridge)

Harvard University

Imaging Technician II
Harvard Library

Job Summary

The Imaging Technician II produces high-quality digital images of library materials and collections. Creates images using digital cameras, film scanners, and document scanners. Chooses and adjusts studio lighting for desired effect. Applies digital image processing techniques to adjust tone, color, scale, cropping and to otherwise reformat digital images for a wide range of research, teaching, access, and preservation uses. Performs maintenance and calibration procedures on studio equipment. Arranges delivery and return of source materials with repository staff and patrons. Performs quality control tasks to assure work is complete and meets established standards. Works with other Imaging staff to schedule shared equipment usage. Handles irreplaceable objects including rare books, photographic materials, maps, and manuscripts. Executes and contributes to the development of complex imaging workflows. Undertakes special projects as directed.

Position Description

  • Operates 35mm and medium format digital cameras.
  • Operates film scanners.
  • Operates roller and sheet fed document scanners.
  • Uses studio lighting equipment and accessories to achieve desired effect.
  • Uses image processing software to adjust digital images to match the color and tonality of originals, and to adapt them for a variety of specialized uses.
  • Schedules delivery and return of source materials and maintains accurate records of library materials delivered to and picked up from the studio.
  • Performs calibration and maintenance tasks.
  • Performs quality control reviews.
  • Records work steps and production statistics.
  • Handles library materials (including irreplaceable art objects, rare books, historical photographs, and other image collections) according to established guidelines.

Basic Qualifications

  • H.S. Diploma or equivalent.
  • 2 years of professional experience in photography, digital imaging, or other graphic arts field.
  • Understanding of photographic principles, with digital cameras and with studio lighting equipment and accessories.
  • Ability to accurately evaluate color and contrast.
  • Experience with and facility for working with computers and software applications.
  • Experience with Macintosh and Windows operating systems.
  • Experience using Adobe Photoshop and other software to perform color and tonal matching and image optimization.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Applications.

Additional Qualifications and Skills


  • Bachelor's degree in photography or a related field, desirable.
  • Experience making digital reproductions in a visual resources collection or library, museum, or archives environment.
  • Coursework in art history, architectural history, or studio art desirable.
  • Ability to adhere to strict handling requirements for rare and delicate materials.
  • Ability to maintain acute attention to detail while performing repetitive tasks.
  • Ability to work accurately and independently.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and antiracism.
  • Ability to initiate and adapt to change, to analyze and solve problems, and to be flexible and work collaboratively.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be organized, disciplined, and highly productive.

Physical Requirements


  • Setting up camera and lighting equipment and positioning original material involves lifting (up to 40 pounds), reaching, bending, and carrying.
  • Assignments involve sitting or standing for extended periods and can require working from a ladder.
  • Handling of delicate materials and equipment requires physical dexterity. High volume projects require repetitive actions be performed.
  • Interacting with collections that may contain dust, mold, or other contaminants.

Working Conditions

  • The majority of the work associated with this position is performed in a photography studio.
  • Work is performed in service operation with an expectation of high productivity and strict attention to detail.
  • This position will work onsite 9AM-5PM M-F with occasional option to complete some tasks and training remotely. Requests for flexibility will be considered consistent with Harvard University flexwork policies.
  • Work location is responsive and subject to change based on business needs.

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Across the Harvard Library, our work is enriched by our diverse campus community. Our unique and wide-ranging abilities, experiences, and perspectives are integral to achieving Harvard University's mission of excellence in research, teaching, and learning for our patrons, our collections, and our workplace. We believe that an inclusive environment that cultivates and promotes understanding, respect, and collaboration across our diverse workforce enables our success.

We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to be a part of our community of over 700 staff members. Our work with faculty, students and researchers to explore answers to intellectual questions, enduring and new, and to seek solutions to the world's most consequential problems, requires that we not only reflect, but also champion our diverse society.

Harvard Library inspires collaboration, reflection, experimentation, and discovery connecting users to related disciplines and to University-wide teaching resources. The Library engages users through curated discovery, digital collections, reimagined physical space, and specialized research support. Today, Harvard Library's holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding access to digital resources. Harvard Library provides the University's faculty, students, and researchers-now and in the future-with exceptional experiences and comprehensive access to these materials.

Learn more about our contributions to the academic enterprise by visiting us at and about the Harvard University community at

The Harvard Library is a proud member of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance.

Job Function

USA - MA - Cambridge

Imaging Services

Time Status

55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

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Criminal, Employment, Identity

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Work Format

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$54,445.00 - $85,043.00  / year

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2023-08-30 |  Quick link to this job