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Digital Imaging Specialist (7397U) #22777

Digital Imaging Specialist (7397U) #22777

Job ID: 22777

Location: Main Campus-Berkeley

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Department: Library Administration</li>


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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 2/17/17


Departmental Overview

The UC Berkeley Library provides scholarly information to all faculty and students in the support of the University's research and instruction mission.  The Library Applications & Publishing Group (LAP) provides technical support for Library, including developing, purchasing and/or supporting all types of hardware platforms and software applications.  LAP has primary responsibility for supporting and building UC Berkeley Library’s Integrated Library System (ILS), Digital Library, and web presence.    

The UC Berkeley Library is a leader in the investigation and implementation of advanced digital library services.  Areas of current work include scalable digital library system architectures, developing efficient methods for creating digital library content, the long-term preservation of digital materials, and standards for digital objects, digitization, and archival collection descriptions. The Web Publishing Group (WPG) supports digital library activities by providing managerial and technical analysis, writing programs to create digital content, writing, enhancing, and maintaining tools to publish, create, and manage digital objects, and training staff for projects that add content to our digital library.



This position will be both the student work coordinator and producer of digital images. They will be working on short and long term digital projects dealing with a range of media. They will be responsible for the inception, implementation, and completion of digital projects, which includes the creation of master images and derivatives. 

• Use various types of equipment to make digital images, including flatbed scanners, document feed scanner, microfilm scanner, and digital (DLSR) camera.
• Use various types software for imaging processing
• Perform digital image capture from a range of Library materials to very exacting standards, consistently and productively
• Serve as work leader for student employees: assign work, monitor handling of originals and oversee quality of work Handle rare and or fragile originals skillfully to prevent damage
• Organize and inspect captured image files
• Handle rare or fragile originals skillfully to prevent damage
• Process files to create master tiffs and PDFs
• Transfer files to Library servers for preservation and access
• Deliver files and related technical metadata to next stage of workflow
• Communicate and coordinate with other team members and clients
• Coordinate and track work including delivery, scanning, processing, and producing final product
• Oversee Alt Media scanning to meet legal obligations


Required Qualifications

• Working knowledge of common campus-specific and other computer application programs. 
• Solid communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, both verbally and in writing. 
• Ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns. 
• Working skills to analyze information and synthesize large amounts of data with strong attention to detail. 
• Must be self motivated, work independently or as part of a team, able to learn quickly, meet deadlines and demonstrate problem solving skills.
• Ability to function effectively in an environment of competing priorities, balancing important tasks, urgent tasks, and ongoing maintenance
• Ability to monitor project work flow on multiple projects simultaneously from commencement to completion.
• Understanding of image capture production methods and equipment and ability to use this information to troubleshoot systems. 
• Attention to detail and very good organizational skills
• Excellent fine-motor coordination, e.g., to handle fragile paper-based originals
• Photographic skills: camera and lighting setup, alignment, composing, focus, exposure, Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw
• Flatbed scanning skills: file formats, capture resolution, color management


Preferred Qualifications

• Knowledge of digital library projects
• Experience in a higher education environment 
• Knowledge of computer, audio and video technology.
• Experience working with rare archival materials 
• Specialized related technical knowledge such as: creating and judging ICC color profiles; application of FADGI guidelines; applications of JPEG2000 format; bulk calibrated conversion of camera raw files
• Specialized related photographic skills such as: specialized lighting techniques; positive conversion of scans from photographic negatives
• Ability to assess Library needs for image capture technology products and design services to meet those needs.
• Experience managing workflows for others


Salary & Benefits

The annual salary range for this position is $44,200 – $70,000.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:


How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Application materials can be submitted at


Other Information

This is a 2-year contract position.


Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities.  Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities.    The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.


Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

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