The University of Georgia is seeking candidates for the position of Head of the Arrangement and Description Unit for the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. This position is responsible to the Director of the Russell Library for a growing collection of over 18,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival material and makes a significant contribution to meeting Russell Library’s goals and standards. The Head of Arrangement and Description’s duties are divided as follows: 50% collection management, 15% Georgia Disability History Alliance collaboration and collection curation,15% donor relations, acquiring collections, and records management with organizations, 10% supervising Arrangement and Description Unit staff, 5% collaborating with Russell’s Oral History and Media Unit and Access and Outreach Unit, as well as other Libraries’ departments, and 5% participating on committees and in Russell planning, decision-making, and implementation of departmental goals and standards. Additionally, this position participates in reading room and reference service to patrons and works closely with the Head of the Access and Outreach Unit and the Head of the Oral History and Media Unit on special and ongoing projects. This position is a member of the University of Georgia Libraries’ non-tenure track faculty.
The Visual Resources department is responsible for researching, acquiring, cataloging and licensing images for the Newseum, as well as managing collections of photographs from photojournalists and photographers to become part of the Newseum’s permanent collection. The images in the Newseum collection relate to current news, the history of the news around the world and the First Amendment. They are used in exhibitions and other Newseum projects, and also serve as tools for public outreach and as a resource for the journalism community, scholars and the public.
The Visual Resources Coordinator contributes to exhibit content development and supports Newseum exhibitions, broadcast productions, education digital modules and marketing efforts. Under the supervision of the Director of Photography and Visual Resources, the Visual Resources Coordinator will:
- Conduct photo research, and acquire and license images from stock agencies, libraries, museums and online sites.
- Assume responsibility for cataloging images into a digital asset management system. This includes the input of technical, photographic and descriptive metadata; linking image files to existing database entries; and maintaining accurate records of source and credit information.
- Assist in management of digital assets throughout exhibit and production work flows, and develop efficient processes to share visual materials during image presentations.
- Assist in coordination of scanning, resizing, quality check, proofing and delivery of images exhibited in and for the promotion of the Newseum.
- Manage the Ted Polumbaum image collection. This includes fulfillment of photo research requests, preparation of research copies of requested materials, generation of licenses and coordination of research and license payment.
- Assume responsibility for digital file processing and archiving as well as labeling, housing and filing of photographic prints and digital media.
- Organize research documents for future use and maintain library system records for referencing and retrieving materials as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree or MLS/MLIS and/or equivalent experience.
- Two years’ work experience or educational training in library or archives, museum photographic department or archive, or photo research environment.
- Experience with photo research techniques and sources, in both analog and digital formats.
- Experience in working with digital asset management systems or photographic databases.
- Experience in classifying and cataloging images, and keywording using controlled languages.
- Strong computer skills, including experience with both PC and Macintosh platforms; image editing, organization and display programs (Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat, Bridge and Photo Mechanic); and organizational spreadsheet tools such as Excel.
- Strong knowledge of digital imaging work flow, production tools and software.
- Knowledge of standards and practices for preservation and management of archival collections, including digital archives.
- Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks. Ability to work on multiple tasks and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Strong organizational skills, self-motivation and attention to detail.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with visual resources staff, Newseum personnel, fabricators and other vendors.
- Familiarity with a variety of photographic media and processes.
- Desired qualification: work experience or educational training as a photographer.
Please send resumé and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 29, 2017
The Newseum and Newseum Institute are Equal Opportunity Employers.
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