Davison Art Center Imaging Project Specialists

Two Davison Art Center Imaging Project Specialists will prepare images and metadata in connection with rapid digital photography of works of art on paper for a fixed term of five weeks from June 19 through July 20, 2017, working 33 hours per week. This temporary position reports to the DAC Manager of Museum Information Services, who directs the imaging project. All work will take place at the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut, using equipment provided by the DAC.

Responsibilities will include processing images following standard workflows with great attention to detail, checking metadata against standards, embedding metadata into images, confirming image/metadata quality, and preparing images for DAC Collection Search and DAC Open Access Images, working in a precise and efficient manner.

Required qualifications include B.A./B.S., ability to work with extreme attention to procedural detail and image/metadata quality, ability to work collegially in a small team with ambitious production goals, familiarity with standards-based metadata work, and experience with color-managed image processing. Preferred qualifications include Master’s degree or coursework in museum or library studies, or information or imaging science, or equivalent experience.

Qualified emerging professionals are encouraged to apply, and the DAC is especially interested in hearing from applicants who recently have graduated from, or are enrolled in, graduate programs in museum studies or related fields. This collection digitization work is funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). For full description, please see  https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/5761 .

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About Rob Lancefield

Rob Lancefield leads digital work at the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (Connecticut, US), where he initiated and led the policy development and technical implementation of DAC Open Access Images in 2012. His interests include digital collections strategy, digitization project design, content sharing for aggregated access, helping people lead their museums to offer open content, and nonprofit governance. A former president of the Museum Computer Network (MCN), the professional organization for people who do digital work in museums, Rob now serves on the MCN Finance and Program Committees. He currently chairs the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Council of Affiliates, a council of leadership representatives from 27 national organizations in the museum field, and represents MCN on that council. Rob also is a co-founding member of the ImageMuse discussion group, which has grown to connect more than 500 digital imaging professionals in museums and other cultural heritage institutions. Rob has spoken on open content, collection digitization, getting projects done, providing images online, repatriating sound from archives to heritage communities, and other topics at MCN, Museums & the Web, AAM, Society for Ethnomusicology, and other conferences. His PhD dissertation examined how experiences of the musical voice and body lent false credence to beliefs about racial difference, and he curated the traveling exhibition "Performing Images, Embodying Race" on related visual culture. Rob also produced the 2011 reissue of 1980s recordings by Talking Drums (http://talkingdrums.us), an ensemble of Ghanaian and American musicians including himself, for re-release by the American Composers Forum on innova Recordings. http://www.linkedin.com/in/roblancefield