The Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, is seeking an experienced and collaborative individual to join our Collections division as Head of Imaging (HOI). The HOI, reporting to the Associate Librarian for Collection Description and Imaging, will be responsible for the leadership, management, and vision of the evolution of imaging services at the Folger, working towards increasing output capacity and turnaround time.
The HOI will:
- assume primary responsibility for digital imaging and the imaging studio, including maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment;
- lead, supervise, and mentor the Imaging team in producing digital images of special collections materials
- and develop, optimize, and document digitization workflows while safeguarding fragile and rare collection objects throughout the process.
Additionally, the HOI will operate digital imaging equipment, including direct-capture camera, scanning, and printing devices, and work with digital asset management software and databases. The HOI may also be asked to take studio, architectural, portrait, editorial, or publicity photographs on behalf of the Folger. This position works Monday-Friday, 8:45am-4:45pm, with Saturday duty in the Reading Room on a rotational basis. Occasional evening hours and travel are required, as is the willingness to participate in Folger activities outside of regular business hours.
Candidates for this position are required to have a bachelor’s degree; a Master’s in Library Science, Art, or equivalent is preferred. Candidates should also have a minimum of 7 years’ experience in managing a digital photography and imaging team in the cultural heritage sector.
This position requires experience with:
- post-production, color management, and profiling software applications
- handling special collections materials or artwork; database management
- leading high-performing teams through change.
Knowledge of FADGI’s Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials and The AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation is required.
A successful candidate will also have knowledge of:
- current technology and standards for digital imaging;
- preservation issues;
- descriptive, administrative, and technical metadata formats;
- and intellectual property rights and open access policy trends.
Supervisory experience is required, as is the ability to work creatively in a rapidly changing, complex environment. Experience with budgets and project management is preferred. Thorough background checks are required of the selected individual.
Interested candidates, please submit a cover letter and resume on our website. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. No phone calls please. The Folger is an Equal Opportunity Employer.