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Digital Asset Librarian

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Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA, USA

How You Will Contribute

The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Digital Asset Librarian provides management and oversight of the Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) Julian, the museum’s primary a/v repository and an access point for more than 900,000 assets that document the art collections, as well as the rich exhibition and event history of the Museum. The successful candidate will recommend system enhancements, maintain developed syncs with other platforms, streamline DAMS workflows, and provide training for all levels of staff.  They will collaborate with Counsel on creating and maintaining institutional governance on image rights policies and stances. Working closely with the Assistant Director of Library and Digital Strategies, improve, enhance, and expand the distribution of and access to digital media and other assets for internal and external patrons.

Specifically, you will:

  • Collaborate with respective colleagues to develop, maintain, and document DAMS policies, goals, training materials and procedures for assets, rights and copyright specifications, and integrate assets across multiple institution-wide systems
  • Develop, coordinate, and perform a variety of database maintenance tasks, from monitoring user accounts and system performance, compiling and analyzing system usage statistics, to cataloging media assets, including automated and batch processing
  • Partner with key staff to ensure metadata, vocabularies and taxonomy completion and compliance and monitor for accuracy and consistency across the database
  • Assess departmental collections of digital assets not yet ingested into the DAMS to determine if they are in scope and meet the criteria for addition to the database
  • Encourage and maintain user adoption of the DAMS by providing training, support, and assistance with queries for a wide-range of internal and external patrons
  • Collaborate with Counsel and other respective colleagues to manage, maintain and document institutional governance on rights policies and stances including 3rd party platforms, such as Bridgeman, ArtStor and ARS
  • Help respond to image use queries and serve as backup for library@ account as needed
  • Supervise the Digital Asset Specialist, and as needed, mentor and train seasonal or temporary interns and volunteers
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Your background and experience include:

  • 3–4 years practical experience in a museum or library image archive, including:  database management, software administration, rights management, print and media technologies, metadata standards and practices, file formatting, and data migration.
  • Significant relevant experience in developing, managing, and stewarding digital collections in a museum, library, and/or archives environment. Knowledge of DAMS (specifically Orange Logic CORTEX) preferred.
  • Knowledge of metadata standards for cultural objects and images, such as CDWA and VRA Core, and a general understanding of other metadata schemas such as Dublin Core, XML, MODS, etc.
  • Knowledge and understanding of digital image file parameters, including bit depth, color profiles, resolution, compression, image size, and formats.
  • Familiarity with Sharepoint and LibGuides
  • Excellent technical and interpersonal skills, including the ability to foster a collegial work environment that encourages trust and innovation.
  • Excellent organizational and follow-through skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing procedures and documentation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others as part of a team as well as independently.
  • Solid computer skills and the ability to learn new software.
  • Solid analytic skills to improve processes.
  • Must possess the drive and focus necessary to improve and expand the distribution of and access to the museum’s permanent collection and exhibition assets through digital media.

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Employer: Philadelphia Museum of Art (@philamuseum)
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Posted Date: 20/06/2024
Expiry Date: 20/10/2024
Type: Full-Time
Categories: DAM Manager / User, Librarian / Information Professional / Archivist
Ref: DN-JB-1877
Added by: DAM News Administrator
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