The Digital Specialist works under the direction of the VRC's Curator to support a wide range of technical and consultative services related to the production, integration, dissemination and preservation of the VRC's analog and digital image collections and unit initiatives. The Digital Specialist has primary responsibility for completeness and accuracy of all digital imaging processes: scanning, photographing, image correction, manipulation and storage in support of instruction, research and publication. The Digital Specialist is responsible for the execution of design, implementation, and ongoing production support of the department of Art History's online image databases and end-user delivery systems. The Digital Specialist advises on the assessment of workflows and web delivery effectiveness for the Visual Resource Center. The position provides ongoing analysis, documentation, and feedback and will inform on improvements in software management for digitization, capture, quality control, derivative creation, metadata extraction, metadata transformation, uploads, and web access workflows. The Digitization Specialist identifies opportunities for improvements, researches alternatives, writes or modifies existing software, and then tests and implements workflow improvements. The Digital Specialist acts as the departments web administrator providing design, development and maintenance of the Art History and VRC websites. The Digital Specialist provides instruction to faculty in technical aspects related to digital instruction. This position provides routine maintenance of hardware, software and is responsible for maintaining cross-platform network systems as appropriate. The Digital Specialist performs other duties related to the operation of the VRC as specified by the Curator.
The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, analytical, and capable of providing excellent customer service. The position requires that the candidate possess a wide understanding of a variety of technologies related to digitization, digital libraries, and digital asset management, and be able to effectively communicate and resolve a broad range of technical issues. The ideal candidate should be comfortable working independently and in a collaborative setting. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to balance multiple priorities while achieving long-term goals is essential to the position. Minimum Requirements 1. 3-5 years of related experience working with digital images and/or digital collections in an academic setting, museum or library setting, publishing, or corporate environment.
2. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain databases and other related software to support image collections, content management systems, and asset distribution.
3. Demonstrated ability to manage most, or all, aspects of web operations.
4. Demonstrated ability to work with image editing software to produce high quality color-correct images for print and electronic publication.
5. Fluency in all facets of Adobe Creative Suite products, MS Office products, FileMaker Pro, WordPress, and all aspects of digital file parameters.
7. Understanding of metadata, metadata schemas and embedded metadata.
8. Excellent interpersonal skills required to work with a diverse community of students, staff and faculty including strong verbal, written and listening skills.
9. Exceptional attention to detail and commitment to accuracy while managing multiple priorities.
10. Ability to work independently and collaboratively while maintaining a genial workplace. Preferred Qualifications 1. Background in visual arts; BFA or BA or equivalent subject area expertise in art, art history, architectural history, or library and information science.
3. Experience working with Extensis Portfolio and ARTstor.
4. Working knowledge of VRA Core 4.0; CCO, controlled vocabularies such as LCSH, AAT, ULAN and TGN.
5. Experience with digital research methodologies in support of Arts and Humanities faculty.
6. Familiarity with the Semantic Web, RDF, OWL and the movement towards an LOD model.
7. A strong desire to create innovative intersections of technology, visual resources and digital humanities.
8. Problem solving and analytical skills to work with a complex image collection.
9. Experience with graphic design. Additional Information In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.
UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.
- UC Riverside was included in the (August 2018) edition of The Princeton Review's "The Best 382 Colleges."
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University (August 2017) Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UC Riverside among the top 151 institutions. This survey bills itself as "the most trustworthy precursor of global rankings of the world's top 500 universities."
- In 2016, UCR was recognized for graduation rate success by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) for achieving near parity across racial-ethnic, socio-economic, and gender boundaries.
- UCR ranks among the Top 15 Public Research Universities in the nation, as identified by the 2017 Washington Monthly.
- In 2017, two separate reports from the Education Trust celebrated UCR as a national leader for African American and Latino student success. UCR was one of just three schools to be named top-performing institutions in both reports and the only California campus recognized among 18 top-performing colleges and universities in the nation for high black student graduation rates.
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