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Research Associate, Albert Johannsen Project (#4744)

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Posting Detail Information

Position # 00004744
Position Title Research Associate
Working Position Title Research Associate, Albert Johannsen Project (#4744)
Posting Type SPS
FTE 1.00
Representation Non-Union
Primary Function

This three-year term position serves as the Project Director for the Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Collections Grant, “The Albert Johannsen Project: Digitizing the House of Beadle and Adams and their Nickel and Dime Novels.” Reporting to the Digital Collections and Metadata Librarian at Northern Illinois University Libraries, the Project Director will be responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of the grant project.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

The goal of this CLIR grant is to digitize the dime novels of Beadle & Adams, the first and most important publisher of the format. A total of 5,400 volumes will be digitized and made freely available to read and download via the website Nickels and Dimes. In addition, the project will incorporate metadata from Albert Johannsen’s The House of Beadle and Adams and their Nickel and Dime Novels (1950), one of the most significant works of dime novel scholarship and bibliography of the 20th century. This will include relationships between stories, editions, and authors, which will be published as open linked data on

The Project Director will have primary responsibility for digitizing the Johannsen collection, as well as coordinating metadata entry in with Villanova University. They will assist in interviewing, hiring, supervising, and training three (3) undergraduate imaging specialists; participate in scanner maintenance, calibration, and testing; perform rigorous quality control on digital images produced by undergraduate imaging specialists; process and prepare dime novels for digitization; prepare files for publishing to the Nickels and Dimes website; resolve or advise on complex imaging problems, including those that may require special handling of fragile materials; track the progress of digitization and provide regular time and cost estimates; and prepare annual reports on the project’s progress for the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

The successful candidate will be required to possess:

• A bachelor’s degree, preferably in library and information science, photography, digital media, digital humanities, or a related field
• Two or more years experience planning, coordinating, and/or directing the activities of a group or team of employees
• Ability to manage a variety of simultaneous projects within tight deadlines, including excellent organizational and time management skills
• A subjective eye for detail, as well as the ability to make aesthetic decisions as they relate to digital images
• Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a dynamic team
• Ability to supervise undergraduate students
• Excellent organizational and leadership skills
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Education and Experience Preferred

• A master’s degree in library and information science, photography, digital media, digital humanities, or a related field
• Two or more years of digital imaging experience, which should involve solving complex imaging problems
• Experience managing objective and subjective quality control assessments and performing color correction and image manipulation with software such as Photoshop
• Experience working with digital repository and content management platforms (e.g. Islandora)
• Understanding of the physical structure of books, and proper handling of rare and fragile materials
• Experience developing policies, procedures, and best practices
• Knowledge of best practices for digitization
• Prior grant management experience

Working Hours NA
Hiring rate/range $44,000.00 per annum, plus excellent benefits
Posting Date 04/04/2017
Closing Date
Priority Review Date 04/25/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
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In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Is Background Check Required Yes
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Applicant Documents

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