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Digitization Specialist, Library (7397U) 9009 – University of California Berkeley – Berkeley, CA

Company: University of California Berkeley

Address: Berkeley, CA

  • Full Time

University of California Berkeley

Digitization Specialist, Library (7397U) 9009 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles , our Principles of Community , and our Strategic Plan .

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 8/2/2020

Departmental Overview

Library IT (LIT), a department within the Library supports the Library’s mission by providing technical support for Library including developing, purchasing, and/or supporting all types of hardware platforms and software applications. Library IT has primary responsibility for supporting and building UC Berkeley Library’s Integrated Library System (ILS), library website(s) (Drupal), and digital applications and projects. The digital projects are research vehicles that are used by library patrons ranging from UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff, other institutions’ faculty and graduate students, and the general public. The UC Berkeley Library is a leader in the development and implementation of advanced digital library applications and services. Areas of current work include scalable digital library system architectures; efficient methods for creating digital library content; long-term preservation of digital materials; and standards for digital objects, digitization, and archival collection descriptions. Library IT supports digital library activities by providing managerial and technical analysis; writing programs to automate library services, provide services around including creating digital content; writing, enhancing, and maintaining tools to publish, create, process, and manage digital objects and other related library software tools and applications; and training staff for projects that add content to our digital library.


The Digitization Specialist works with a variety of digitization equipment and supports digitization activities for audio/video and print materials in Library Imaging Services and Library Media Center. The library’s digital and streaming projects are instruction and research vehicles that are used by library patrons ranging from UCB faculty, students, and staff, other academic institutions’ faculty and graduate students, and the general public.

The Library Media Center’s digitization program delivers thousands of streaming video titles annually to directly support campus instruction. This position uses advanced concepts to provide digital image capture services and digitization for the complex and significant imaging projects and services conducted by the Library and is responsible for providing images of very exacting quality, suitable for archival retention, publication, and scholarly study. The position will be responsible for digital production processes and quality assurance during the digital conversion process, and digital content management within traditional file systems as well as content management systems and digital access platforms. Properly handles fragile and rare materials during digitization, using archival preservation standards and scanning techniques; corrects for color and manipulates digital objects as required for access and preservation. Monitors and supervises the work of student employees and provides guidance and training to students. Assists with documentation of project procedures and workflows.

This position works as part of the Library Imaging Services Team and participates in improving workflows and suggesting improvements. This position also performs basic video digitization work for the Media Resources Center (MRC), including extracting videos and encoding files according to defined specifications, as well as performing quality control, file transfer, and basic metadata entry.

Required Qualifications

Knowledge of and experience with digital objects, imaging and video/audio software.

Understanding of image capture production methods, equipment, and ability to use this information to troubleshoot systems.

Familiarity with digital photography, file formats, capture resolution, and color management

Understanding of metadata and standardization of descriptive data

Experience extracting and/or encoding video and using MakeMKV and/or Handbrake

Professional experience transferring large quantities of files using FTP/SFTP with extensive, broad range familiarity with feature films and documentaries.

Demonstrated ability to display a calm demeanor while under pressure to complete projects by stated deadline.

Ability to move from one project to another, keeping track of the workflows and requirements for each project

Bachelor’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with rare archival materials and fine motor coordination, e.g., to handle fragile paper-based originals.

Ability to do repetitive tasks keeping to exacting imaging standards.

Knowledge of quality control processes

Familiarity with and knowledge of photographic skills: camera and lighting setup, alignment, composing, focus, exposure, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw

Familiarity and experience with instruction and training staff and public. Including creation of documentation and in-house training.

Salary & Benefits

$24.14 to $28.73 per hour. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

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