Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Visual Resources Curator: Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Visual Resources Curator
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Job Description

The Visual Resources Curator is responsible for the direction and management of the Libraries’ Visual Resources Center (VRC). The Curator directs the production and management of a growing collection of over 34,000digital images serving faculty, students, administration, and outside researchers. In addition to its digital collection, the Curator oversees the maintenance and housing of 160,000 architecture, art and design color slides. The Curator also maintains additional collections containing over 150,000 clippings, prints, negatives, transparencies and art reproductions. The VRC serves as the nerve center for the Libraries’ digitization initiatives, which address not only teaching and scholarship needs, but also document delivery and preservation. It is also an important public service point and provides scanning workstations and guidance for the Pratt community.


•Develops a collection of digital images for instruction, research, and preservation purposes and maintains historical slide collection.

•Selects, acquires, and maintains image collections and oversees cataloging.

• Builds infrastructure to support electronic imaging and establishes and maintains best practices in digital imaging and visual resources technologies.

•Manages lending operation of the Visual Resources Center.

•Handles requests for access to and/or use of images from outside users including rights management and copyright compliance.

•Assists with budget planning and cost forecasting

•Ensures that best practices and recognized standards are applied in metadata creation.

•Oversees image quality control, including color management, and the long-term storage and preservation of digital assets according to best practices.

•Handles licensing agreements pertaining to digital images and associated databases and software.

•Participates in other library related projects and institute-wide committees as necessary.

Starting salary $50,000/year plus excellent benefits.

Required Skills
Familiarity with ARTstor, OAI, PowerPoint, XML, Filemaker Pro, and relational database design and management. Knowledge of MySQL and PHP desired. Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging metadata and cataloging standards including VRA Core 4, Dublin Core, MARC21, AACR2 and relevant controlled vocabularies required. Should also be familiar with the proper handling of archival materials, photographic media and fragile special collections.

Required Experience
ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent graduate degree. Demonstrable training in digital assets management preferred. Knowledge of art and the use of digital images in an academic context highly desirable.

Two years demonstrated experience in digital project management required. Experience supervising staff in digital projects preferred. Experience managing a visual resources center including supervision of student workers desirable.
Pratt Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and recognizes and values the benefits of a diverse workforce.

All applications must be received by October 29, 2010. Please include a cover letter along with your resume.