Manager III - Manager of Visual Resources CollectionsIntegrated Library Technology Services (Visual Resources Collections Unit)
Sterling Memorial Library
Schedule: 37.5 Hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00)
The University and the Library
The University Library, which is a highly valued partner in teaching and research at the University, has more than 12.5 million volumes housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and 22 school and departmental libraries.
It employs a dynamic and innovative staff of nearly 600 FTE who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees and are involved in other areas of staff development. A full spectrum of library resources, from rare books and manuscripts to a rapidly expanding network of electronic resources, constitutes one of Yale's distinctive strengths. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's Web site at: http://www.library.yale.edu
The Visual Resources Collections Unit (VRC) The Visual Resources Collections unit (VRC), focuses on service support and collection building for teaching and learning with digital images in the visual arts. It is in the process of transforming from a traditional slide and photograph collection to a digital image service center.
Currently, the VRC adds to and maintains significant arts-related content in the Library’s cross-collection database, the Image Commons, with a rapidly growing collection currently consisting of over 87,000 images. The VRC is scheduled to move in the summer of 2008 into the new Arts Library facility in the renovated and expanded Art& Architecture building. At that time, the archival transfer of the historic 500,000-item slide and photograph collection to the Library Shelving Facility in Hamden will have been completed, as the History of Art department and others move closer to their goals of integrating digital resources and tools in classroom teaching and independent learning. This transition period requires the highest degree of collaboration on, and where appropriate integration of, service development and delivery among colleagues and partners in the Arts Library, the Library’s Integrated Library and Technology Services (ILTS), the University’s Information Technology Services (ITS) divisions, and other campus course support providers.
The Library seeks a dynamic, innovative leader demonstrating experience with and a strong commitment to client-based support services to manage the Visual Resources Collections (VRC). The position reports to the Manager of the Web, Workstation, and Digital Consulting Services unit of ILTS. The successful candidate will assume the day-to-day responsibilities for the supervision and administration of the Visual Resources unit and its staff of 2 FTE, students, and as funding permits, one or more project-based term positions. The VRC manager will also be a key participant in building, sustaining, and adapting the infrastructure to support an image commons for Yale. In doing so, the VRC Manager will be expected to spend significant time with individual faculty constituents, the Usability Librarian, and colleagues in the Instructional Technology Group (ITG) to understand fully and respond to existing and desired service support. The VRC Manager will also work closely with the Project Director for the Integrated Digital Image Resource (IDIR) initiative to ensure the most efficient and effective integration of near- and longer-term service goals and objectives, including participation in two major transitional projects to digitize a significant portion of, and to archive the entirety of, the existing slide and photograph collections.
Service development duties include the management of and the direct provision of all aspects of support for the creation and access to the Library’s current and future digital collections relating to the visual arts, including faculty personal collections, working in close collaboration with other units in the Library and across campus.
Oversight and provision of one-on-one guidance, consultation and assistance to faculty in the selection and use of image management tools and collections.
In close collaboration with Library and ITS partners, continually working to understand and respond to the diverse and evolving needs of faculty and students to create, access and use digital images, including participating in ongoing assessment and evaluation of existing services.
Partnering with colleagues in the Library, the Library’s ILTS division, ITG, and Media Services units to investigate, select, or develop digital content services and tools.
Consulting on content/metadata projects and managing those projects as-needed.
In close collaboration with Library and ITS partners, developing user and staff training programs and documentation for tools supported by the Library (currently included are the Image Commons database, Portfolio, Luna Insight, Powerpoint/Keynote, and the ARTstor Off Line Viewer).
Planning for and managing the growth of the institutional digital image collections for the arts, including oversight of, and where necessary, the performance of, processing activities, as well as content acquisition and development (locally created and vendor purchased).
In collaboration with Media Services partners, managing and improving current production of digital images for teaching, including routine processing of new image requests and a rapid turn-around digitization service for limited last-minute teaching preparation.
In close partnership with Arts Library public services staff, may provide collections-based guidance to the Yale community serving both introductory and advanced art information needs.
In close partnership with Library and ITS colleagues, ensuring the most efficient content integration to and from institutional and personal collections.
Administrative duties include: Staff hiring, supervision, evaluation and training. Oversight and maintenance of service level agreements. Budget planning and oversight. Workflow management, quality control, and process improvement. Statistical reporting and analysis. Overseeing, and as needed serving as, the department expert user. Serving as the VRC liaison and representative in Library and other functions and activities (including membership on committees, task forces, etc.)
Required: Bachelor’s degree. Four years of relevant, service-oriented experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Two or more years of experience supervising technology support staff.
Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal skills and written and oral communication. Proven ability to work as a member of a highly collaborative, cross-divisional team and to contribute to its leadership and creativity. Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability to a rapidly-changing technical and operational environment. Demonstrated ability to maintain positive working relationships with faculty, students, and colleagues. Knowledge of and experience with database management software, desktop applications, web authoring, and image creation, manipulation, and display software.
Strongly preferred: B.A. or advanced degree in art history or related fields. Experience with or knowledge of image collections and services in libraries, visual resource centers or museums. Experience with or knowledge of visual resources metadata practices and standards.
Experience with or knowledge of Extensis Portfolio and Luna Insight software. Digital teaching support experience. Project planning skills and leadership.
Salary and Benefits
Rank and competitive salary will be based upon the successful candidate's qualifications and experience (min: 56,100). Full benefits package including pro-rated 22 vacation days; 18 holiday, recess and personal days; comprehensive health care; TIAA/CREF or Yale retirement plan; and relocation assistance. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at http://www.yale.edu/hronline/stars/application/.
Please be sure to include Source Code 891BR.
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