Job Requisition Number: 23170. UC Berkeley has a collection of unique and historic sound recordings which document Native American culture from the early 20th Century. Under a three year grant from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, these recordings are being digitized using a new optical scanning technology developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and referred to as IRENE. As a digital imaging specialist, the successful applicant will operate the scanning apparatus and oversee the day-to-day workflow of the project and work on other digital imaging projects as time warrants. This will include the handling of delicate historic materials, data collection and entry, data analysis, documentation, and supervision of student helpers. The applicantÃs work is supported by the on-site technical team and LBNL and museum professionals.
The successful applicant will work in the UC Berkeley Library Applications and Publishing Group (LAP). 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 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 LibraryÃs 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.
This position will manage day-to-day operations of the optical scanner, the data analysis process, and handling of materials. They will interact with collections curators from the anthropology museum, linguists, library professionals, and the technical development and support team for the optical scanner.
The workflow, processes, and technology used in this project are well developed and have been in use for two years. The successful applicant will be trained and expected to develop proficiency on all operational aspects of the project. These include: Project Analysis and Coordination Ã¯ Applies professional concepts to perform analysis of data and systems pertaining to moderately complex projects, policies and/or processes and functions. Ã¯ Gathers and assembles analytical and factual data on assigned problems and issues to prepare reports and/or analyses summarizing information on the assigned issues and commenting on other significance for internal department constituents. Ã¯ Provides a variety of analytical duties in support of a function, program and/or organizational unit. Ã¯ Participates in administrative policy and program planning and development. Ã¯ Coordinates work of student employees Ã¯ Works with other staff to be sure work is flowing correctly
Image Capture Ã¯ Uses innovative equipment and software to make high resolution digital images Ã¯ Process digital images into audio files using custom software. Ã¯ Perform digital capture from museum materials to very exacting standards, consistently and productively. Ã¯ Handle rare or fragile originals skillfully to prevent damage. Ã¯ Organize and inspect captured image files. Ã¯ Process files to create audio files Ã¯ Perform quality assurance on audio files and edit as needed Ã¯ Transfer files to Library servers for preservation and access Ã¯ Deliver files and related technical metadata to next stage of workflow Ã¯ Conduct routine equipment maintenance Ã¯ Update documentation as needed Ã¯ Schedule and coordinate deliveries and pickups of historical artifacts from museumÃ¯ Working knowledge of common campus-specific and other computer application programs. Ã¯ Solid communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, both verbally and in writing. Ã¯ Solid ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes. Ã¯ Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality. Ã¯ Ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns. Ã¯ Working skills to analyze information and synthesize large amounts of data with strong attention to detail. Ã¯ Must be self-motivated, work independently or as part of a team, able to learn quickly, meet deadlines and demonstrate problem solving skills. Ã¯ Ability to function effectively in an environment of competing priorities, balancing important tasks, urgent tasks, and ongoing maintenance Ã¯ Understanding of image capture production methods and equipment and ability to use this information to troubleshoot systems. Ã¯ Attention to detail and very good organizational skills Ã¯ Excellent fine-motor coordination, e.g., to handle fragile paper-based originals Ã¯ Ability to learn new software tools. Ã¯ Ability to update and maintain userÃs manual and other documentation Ã¯ Ability to educate and train new student employees, creating training documentation as needed
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