The University of Texas Libraries seeks a collaborative, detail-oriented, and highly motivated individual to support UT Libraries in its mission to evolve and sustain digital collections for teaching, learning, and research.
The Head of Digitization leads digitization planning and operations as an integral part of the Preservation and Digital Stewardship unit. The role supervises the team responsible for digitizing collection materials in a variety of formats, using a range of capture technologies and techniques.
The Head of Digitization will collaborate with colleagues across the University of Texas Libraries to identify, plan, and implement projects and initiatives requiring digitization of UT Libraries collection materials for purposes of access and long-term preservation.
Collaborate with stakeholders to develop, plan, and implement projects for digitization of UT Libraries collection materials.
Lead planning, operations, and project management for the Digitization unit.
Maintain digitization specifications and digital production workflows and guidelines.
Oversee tracking and documentation of progress on digitization projects. Compile production data and statistics.
Triage, prioritize, and assign project tasks across the unit, making best use of technology and staffing resources.
Engage in continuous improvement by assessing effectiveness and efficiency of digitization procedures, workflows, and tools. Recommend and implement process improvements.
Work with external digitization vendors for outsourcing, as needed.
Select content from UTL collections for digitization
Supervise a team of 4 FTE performing digitization operations.
Engage in professional development and provide education and outreach opportunities regarding digitization.
Other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in library science or equivalent, with four or more years of relevant experience. A degree in a relevant field or a combination of education plus experience in a field with transferable skills may be substituted as appropriate.
In-depth knowledge of digitization methods, standards, and technology and an understanding of emerging trends.
Experience creating digital assets using a variety of digitization equipment and capture software.
Experience with development and management of digitization workflows.
Experience providing effective leadership that values diverse voices and perspectives
Excellent organization skills and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments/projects.
Strong problem-solving skills and ability to find creative solutions.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills with ability to work successfully in a collaborative environment with a broad range of people from diverse backgrounds.
High level of initiative and self-motivation, and strong decision-making skills.
Strong commitment to diversity, accessibility, equity, and inclusion in the workplace or community.
Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Experience training and supervising staff.
Experience providing effective leadership in an academic library or similar setting.
Experience reformatting audio and audiovisual materials.
Experience managing outsourced projects.
Experience seeking, planning, and carrying out grant-funded digitization projects.
Experience working effectively and collaboratively with peers, donors, collectors, and scholars.
Experience working with Digital Asset Management software to store and manage digitized content.
Research indicates that applicants with marginalized identities are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all of the qualifications. We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop these preferred skills.
The University of Texas Libraries welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our collections and services, as well as in our recruiting, hiring, and retention practices.
If you’d like the chance to be part of the Libraries, we offer employment opportunities as staff, professional librarians, graduate research assistants, and student workers.
Benefits of working as a full-time staff member at the Libraries:
The University of Texas at Austin offers a competitive benefits package that includes insurance coverage and retirement benefits in addition to other programs and services. Read more about Prospective Employee Benefits.
The Libraries aims to create a work life balance for employees, offering telecommuting and flexible schedules when possible.
The university offers an average of 14 paid holidays annually, as well as vacation and sick time accruals monthly.
After one year of service, employees are able to take advantage of the Staff Tuition Assistance Program, ...which covers the cost of one undergraduate or graduate course per semester.
Staff IDs provide free access to all CapMetro services.
The university provides various resources and discounts to employees.