Digital Asset Manager - Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a world-class research and educational institution precisely because the dedicated people who bring their exceptional talent and expertise to work everyday make it not just a wonderful place to work, but truly a magnificent treasure for members and visitors.
The Huntington is committed to broadening access and deepening engagement with our unparalleled collections. Digital technologies are a critical tool for opening up the vibrancy and enduring relevance of wide-ranging library, archival, and visual materials. To that end, we are embarking on an exciting and transformational initiative to scale up and professionalize our digitization and digital asset practices in a holistic and strategic manner. We are forming a new Digital Team, a partnership between the Library and Technology and Information Services, that includes resources in conservation, cataloging and metadata, imaging, project management, and digital asset management. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a dynamic team and exciting new initiative at an early stage.
Under the supervision of the VP of IT, The Digital Asset Manager will be the primary project manager for the implementation of an institution-wide Digital Asset Management (DAM) system at The Huntington, ensuring that our digital asset management system can serve the needs of a diverse set of constituents and also power our digital ambitions. This position will be responsible for overall institution-wide digital asset governance and will consult with and develop interoperable solutions for constituents across the institution, including from our world-class library, art collections, botanical collections, and operational divisions.
Following implementation, the DAM Manager will become the primary administrator for the institutional DAM system and will project manage integration projects to leverage the DAM system to full potential. The successful candidate will have experience with database administration, metadata schemas, data governance policies, rights and reproduction, and project management and possess a passion for the arts and humanities.
Work with all divisions to determine appropriate metadata schemas and policies governing digital asset governance and ensure interoperability across the institution
Participate in requirements development for and vendor selection of Digital Asset Management system
Plan implementation of the Digital Asset Management system across the institution
Project manage configuration of Digital Asset Management system according to our requirements and facilitate relationship with selected vendor and/or consulting partners
Work closely with the Digital Library Team to migrate legacy digital assets and metadata from Filemaker and shared files, establish and implement new policies and procedures for scaling up our digitization, metadata creation, and digital asset workflows within the Library, and then extend those principles across the organization
Oversee ingests and related automations, and the lifecycle of all digital assets
Collaborate with IT staff to troubleshoot automations, integrations, and network issues
Scope and facilitate development of integrations between the Digital Asset Management system and other institutional systems, including Sierra library catalog, Aeon library request system, Drupal website, TMS collection management system, and others
Design and implement efficient ways of sharing data with third party and aggregator websites, including those The Huntington partners with or is a member of such as Archive.org, the Online Archive of California, the Biodiversity Heritage Library, the Digital Scriptorium, and more
Be the institutional DAM expert resource
Administer user accounts and design and maintain security permissions
Regularly train staff on DAM use and monitor the system for adoption and adherence to policy
Develop and implement workflows to increase staff efficiency and respond to staff requests
Continually develop and adapt interface, workflows, and integrations to adapt to user needs and best practices
Other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Collaborative and collegial attitude and experience working with a variety of stakeholders
High level of familiarity with metadata schema and standards, IIIF and LOD
Excellent knowledge of and aptitude for computers and software, including scripting and command line management.
Interest in developing technical and project management skills
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
MLIS or other relevant degree preferred
Working knowledge of APIs and API development
Knowledge of post-processing workflows and automations
Minimum 3 years’ digital asset management experience
Minimum 3 years’ SQL or similar database administration experience
Experience working with XML and JSON
Experience managing a variety of file formats, image and video specifications, and embedded metadata
Experience with cross-walking metadata standards, schemas, or taxonomies
Experience working with complex objects and/or digital libraries
Experience project managing large scale, company- or institution-wide projects and/or software integrations
Experience with TMS, Sierra, Aeon, CONTENTdm and/or other museum or library products
Archive, library, or museum experience
How to Apply
Cover letter and resume required along with online application
You can uploadone document during the first step of the application process and will have the opportunity to upload additional documents during the third step of the online application (the “My Experience” page).
At The Huntington, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to support and promote the appreciation of the humanities, the arts, and botanical science. The Huntington is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, disability, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.