University of Otago Hocken Library

Image Technician

About our team/Mō te tīma

The Hocken is one of the foremost research libraries in New Zealand celebrating the histories, cultures and natural environments of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific.

Our collections - archives, publications, music and AV, ephemera, maps, photographs and art - contain both historical and contemporary material. Staff at the Hocken cater to the research needs of academics and students from the University of Otago, as well as researchers from other New Zealand and international universities and institutions, and independent professional and amateur researchers, all of whom value the diverse nature and depth of our collections.

Global interest in our collections is ever increasing, and in response, we are working to ensure greater access, and the delivery of broad client-focussed researcher services.

The role/Te mahi

Currently we have an opportunity for someone who shares our passion in digitisation, supporting research focused on Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific, and wish to contribute by providing technical knowledge and know how in specialised imaging services to enhance the delivery of our services and collections to all end users.

The Imaging Technician will use digital imaging technologies to digitise Library collections. This will create high standard digital facsimile images, in response to individual order requests, or for planned digitisation programmes. They will maintain a digital copying programme which meets the long-term preservation and access objectives of the Library including ingesting files to the Library’s Digital Preservation System. 

Key Tasks:
•    Digitise and copy collection items for individual orders and for planned collection digitisation projects.
•    Use digital imaging technologies (digital camera and AV digitisation systems and scanners) to make accurate digital facsimile copies of collection items for reproduction, publication and long-term preservation.
•    Accurately maintain order tracking and project management documentation.
•    Apply safe handling and care of collection items during copying process.
•    Assist the Senior Imaging Technician to meet prescribed milestones and best practices guidelines.
•    Assist the Senior Imaging Technician and Library staff in the assessment of collection items for digitisation and preparation for project selection.
•    Prepare digital image files and ingest digital objects into the Library’s Digital Preservation System including undertaking bulk uploads when appropriate.
•    Provide excellent customer-based service to internal and external clients.
•    Contribute to and support, as required, the Library’s low-resolution scanning and copying service to researchers.
•    Demonstrate competency with the values of the University in the course of carrying out duties and provision of services.

Your skills and experience/Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

The successful candidate will have:
•    Tertiary qualification or diploma in photography, design, graphics or related areas or recognised sector experience.
•    Knowledge and experience of IT structures such as file management, data management and software management skills.
•    Experience in conventional film and digital photography, photographic processes and studio lighting setups.
•    Demonstrated working knowledge of best practices, industry standards and services for digitising various media (text, image, audio and moving image).
•    Experience and proficiency using a range of imaging applications and audio-visual software.
•    Working knowledge of Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori.
•    An approachable, flexible and adaptable attitude.
•    A strong customer service ethic, with excellent communication skills, and professional presentation.
•    Excellent time management skills and ability to meet deadlines.
•    An ability to work with accuracy at all times.

Further details/Pūroko

This is a full-time (37.5 hours), permanent position, located in Dunedin.

If you are someone who shares our passion for Photography, Digitisation and New Zealand’s documentary and artistic heritage, we would warmly welcome your interest.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this position.

For confidential enquiries please contact Richard Munro, Senior Image technician – Digital Capture Unit


Job description

To submit your application (including CV and cover letter) please click here quoting reference number 2300791 

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