Digital Imaging Technician

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Classification:Library Professional 1
Grade:Grade 78
Work type:Staff Part-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Rasmuson Library
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Library/Physical/Social Sciences

Position Summary:

Are you interested in history and doing meticulous work? Does the idea of precisely photographing every page of a rare book or all the details of a map excite you? Would you like your work to be seen by thousands? Do you have experience with image editing software, scanners, and cameras? Then you might be just the person we're looking for! We're looking for someone to serve as our Digital Imaging Technician in the photo lab of the UAF Rasmuson Library. We're seeking a conscious detail-oriented person to be the primary creator of digital content from physical items like rare books, maps and photographs. You'll have the opportunity to make history available, gain experience with content management, and help the library document our public events. You will be working primarily with our rare books and maps, a world class collection of materials about the polar north. Plus, there will be the occasional photo of sled dogs and beautiful glaciers. If you want to be involved with sharing history with people all over Alaska, but don't want to be in a public facing position, then this is the perfect place for you.


25Create reproductions of historical photographs and other materials for customers Create scans and prints of large format materials for customers Provide photography support for the library’s internal and outreach activities, including public and staff events, publications, and exhibitions programs. Provide scanning support for electronic theses and dissertations, or other library needs Other duties as assigned.Essential
75Create large volume of high-quality digital images and prints from archival and rare book and map collections, using a variety of scanning and editing equipment, hardware and software. Ingest objects into the Library’s digital asset management system in a timely and accurate manner, using consistent and accurate filename protocols. Judge and correct digital images for color balance, contrast, tonality, and density when compared to original objects, photographic prints, or transparencies. Monitor, calibrate, and adjust settings on hardware and software tools as needed. Maintain hardware and software; troubleshoots hardware and software; provides technical support. Process and prepare digital files for archiving, printing, and access. Track image production and workflow.Essential


Good written, oral and interpersonal communication
Demonstrated experience with digital photography and digital reformatting
Advanced skills with Macintosh OS
Advanced knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Capture One and other processing software applications to capture, manipulate, save, and print images
Demonstrated ability to manage simultaneous tasks: batch scanning, ingesting, documentation, and printing
Solid understanding of file-management systems and databases
Familiarity with a variety of photographic media and processes. Handle fragile items, rare books, maps and other sensitive materials with care and under established best practices
Able to meet deadlines and work within complex workflows and schedules
Ability to work accurately and independently, and in a team environment.
Have excellent organization skills and attention to details

Advanced knowledge of digital imaging software and hardware. Photography skills and traditional darkroom experience. Familiarity with handling fragile library, archival, and museum materials. Excellent attention to detail and problem-solving skills. Knowledge of Alaskan history. Knowledge of FADGI’s Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials and the AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation.


Experience working in a professional photography studio or digitization lab using professional level digitization equipment.


Some college coursework in digital photography or digital imaging

Preferred education or training:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, in communications/media, graphic design, graphic communication, illustration, art, computer graphics, computer science, or related field.

Applicant Instructions:

This is a part-time (40 hours bi-weekly), Grade 78, complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. Include the required application materials, a current resume, cover letter, and names and contact information (email and phone number) for a minimum of three (3) professional references. 

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the close date of October 25th by 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time. 

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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