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 as directed. Coordinates delivery and return of source materials with project managers and patrons. Creates and edits structural metadata; uploads and retrieves image files from the digital repository. Performs quality control tasks. Works with supervisor and other Imaging Services staff to schedule 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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Operates medium format, SLR, and scanning back 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 with project managers and patrons and maintains accurate records of library materials delivered to and picked up from studios.
Calibrates and maintains studio equipment as directed.
Performs quality control reviews.
Prepares edits, and reviews structural metadata for collections of digital objects.
Uploads and retrieves image files from the digital repository Service.
Troubleshoots depositing errors.
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.
Please note: This is a term appointment with an end date of 6/30/19.
At 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 encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply 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.
A global leader, the Harvard Library is a pre-eminent research library that acquires, disseminates, and preserves knowledge. Harvard's Library holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding inventories of digital resources. It is the work of the Harvard Library to provide the University's faculty, students, and researchers—now and in the future—with comprehensive access over time to all of these materials.
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Salary Grade: 053
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
H.S. Diploma or equivalent.
2 years of professional experience in photography, digital imaging, or other graphic arts field.
1 year of experience making digital reproductions in a visual resources collection or library, museum, or archives environment.
Proven understanding of photographic principles, with digital and film cameras, and with continuous and flash based studio lighting equipment.
Proven experience with and facility for working with computers and software applications.
Proven experience with Macintosh and Windows operating systems.
Proven experience using Adobe Photoshop and other software to perform color and tonal matching and image optimization.
Bachelor's degree in photography or a related field desirable.
Coursework in art history, architectural history, or studio art desirable.
Experience using Microsoft Excel, Word, and Access, desirable.
Experience with basic UNIX-based commands and XML, 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.
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.
Ability to accurately evaluate color and contrast.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 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.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: 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.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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