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Digital Lab Manager

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Date: Sep 20, 2017

Location: Cincinnati, OH, US

The Digital Lab Manager is a (3-year renewable) position in the University of Cincinnati Libraries.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and diverse organization in a great university, great city, with high potential for interesting technical work. 


GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Directs the operations of the Digital Lab including managing and executing digitization projects and workflows and ensuring successful project completion. Operates and maintains digitization equipment and software, data quality control, creation and maintenance of workflows, digital conversion, and statistical reporting. Works in a highly collaborative Library environment to increase and enrich online access to the Libraries' collection of rare and unique materials.


RELATIONSHIP AND AUTHORITY: Reports to Head of Digital Collections & Repositories. Supervises student assistants. Collaborates with librarians, archivists, technologists, and vendors in digitization and digital preservation activities. 



  • Prioritizes and manages digitization projects and workflow, including physical flow of original materials, producing cost and/or time estimates, digitizing according to institutional specifications, and ensuring successful completion and delivery of digitized materials as specified, on time, and on budget.
  • Operates and maintains digitization equipment, workstations, and related software in the Digital Lab and distributed in the Libraries’ archival centers. Reviews, recommends, and implements upgrades and enhancements, in coordination with Library IT Services.
  • Trains and supervises student assistants to carry out digitization and digital workflow responsibilities.
  • Coordinates quality control of workflows and standards for in-house and out-sourced digitization projects. Works with digitization vendors, including communicating metadata specifications, quality control standards, and confirming that digital files received meet specifications.
  • Maintains documentation for equipment, workflows, and program digitization standards. Provides oral and written reports, including reporting of statistics on status and usage of digitized materials and collections.
  • Assists in coding and/or executing batch processes for processing and exporting digital content.
  • Participates in and supports digital preservation activities including assessment of digitization projects outcomes, developing best practices for long-term protection, retention, and access, and proposals for external funding.
  • Serves on groups related to digitization as well as other committees when appropriate or necessary.
  • Collaborates with colleagues in UC Libraries and other units on campus on digital projects including digital exhibits, transcription, and outreach.



  • Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • 2 years of recent experience, education or training in digital imaging, and operating and maintaining a range of capture and imaging technology, camera and scanner hardware.
  • 2 years of relevant project management experience, with demonstrated ability to manage projects (both in-house and out-sourced), plan and execute workflows, track progress and costs, and meet deadlines and objectives.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices and trends for digital copy photography, capture, color management, and profiling.
  • Working knowledge of best practices, formats, conversions, and standards for digital objects.
  • Familiarity with standards for care and handling of rare and fragile materials, including audio-visual.
  • Familiarity with metadata practices and standards such as Dublin Core, METS, MODS, PREMIS, VRA, EAD, and TEI.
  • Experience with software for digital image editing, OCR, and data management and processing.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills; ability to work under time constraints and to meet regularly recurring deadlines on multiple, concurrent projects.
  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and results-oriented approaches.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, particularly about technical processes to non-technical personnel.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and in a group across organization lines in a dynamic, evolving environment.



  • Graduate degree in a related field.
  • Experience working in a research library or other cultural heritage institution.
  • Familiarity with audio-visual content digitization technologies and processes.
  • Ability to write and execute scripts from the Linux command line.
  • Ability to write code in PHP, Python, or Ruby.
  • Experience with batch processing related to image conversion and manipulation.
  • Familiarity with applications to track workflow, time, cost, outcomes, and usage/analytics data.
  • Demonstrated successful experience supervising student workers.
  • Working knowledge of a digital repository platform, e.g. Hydra, Fedora Commons, DSpace.
  • Working knowledge of digital preservation and solutions, e.g. DPN, Academic Preservation Trust.



The University of Cincinnati Libraries system consists of 13 libraries with a total of over 4.4 million volumes, over 150,000 serial subscriptions, thousands of full-text articles online and over 1.3 million e-books. UC Libraries is a founding member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and an active partner in regional, national and international academic and research library communities including OhioLINK, ALA/ACRL, SLA, AHSL and IFLA. UC Libraries has an annual operating budget of $22 million and includes 110 FTE positions.  The Libraries’ rapidly expanding information technology infrastructure and digital-centric academic programs include: an open-source institutional repository using the Hydra/Fedora platform; a partnership with APTrust digital preservation consortium; the Innovative enterprise library system, Sierra; Serial Solution’s Summon discovery platform; Adobe’s CQ Web content management system, a robust Word Press blogs platform; a suite of STEM-centric support programs led by the informationist team; as well as library-lead Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship programs done in close collaboration with academic departments from humanities and social sciences. 

The mission of the University of Cincinnati Libraries is to empower discovery, stimulate learning and inspire the creation of knowledge by connecting students, faculty, researches and scholars to dynamic data, information, and resources. In May 2014, UC Libraries launched its Strategic Plan, which outlines bold ambitions organized under four pillars of: Digital Technologies & Innovation, People, Space and Data to Information to Knowledge. Activities and successes derived from the four pillars will enable UC Libraries to achieve its vision to become “the globally engaged, intellectual commons of the university – positioning UC Libraries as the hub of collaboration, digital innovation and scholarly endeavor on campus.” Through the work of the Strategic Plan, and with the realization of the mission and vision, UC Libraries supports the six key focus areas outlined in the university’s Third Century initiative and reflected in the UC2019 Academic Master Plan:

  1. Optimizing our enrollment strategy
  2. Building the resource base
  3. Investing in faculty
  4. Leveraging our research
  5. Re-imagining the student experience
  6. Excelling in e-Learning


The University of Cincinnati embraces diversity and inclusion as core values that empower individuals to transform their lives and achieve their highest potential. UC Libraries’ commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion is incorporated and embraced by the 11 tenets embedded in our Strategic Plan. 

Further information about the Libraries strategic plan may be found online at .


Resumes will be reviewed on September 21, 2017



The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.


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