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Job Summary

The Bentley Historical Library seeks to hire a .5 FTE Digitization Technician as part of its deliberate growth in the area of curation, specifically audiovisual digitization of archival collections. 

The Bentley holds large numbers of legacy audio and moving image materials, including audio reels, audiocassettes, phonograph records, film reels, and U­Matic, Betacam, and VHS cassettes. Given the difficulty of providing access to these materials and the preservation risks associated with the original physical formats, the Library has initiated a systematic digitization program to preserve this content. In addition, the Library digitizes materials on ­demand in response to requests from researchers, donors, university units, and library staff.      

The digitization technician will report to the Lead Archivist for Audiovisual Curation and work closely with other Bentley Curation archivists to prepare materials for digitization, ship and receive items from vendors, perform in-­house digitization, conduct quality assurance, create descriptive metadata, and ensure that original media are returned to their proper locations. The technician will also assist with content inventorying and the creation of reports and statistics on the library's digitization. 


  • Assist in the creation of inventories of materials and assessing their physical conditions. 
  • Prepare shipments (both regularly ­scheduled and on­ demand) for digitization vendors, including steps to check out materials from stacks, verify or create archival description and metadata, assign unique identifiers, rehouse materials, create entries in the project tracking database, generate manifests, and pack shipping crates.  
  • Receive, check­-in, and reshelve materials shipped back from vendors.  
  • Complete automated and manual quality assurance, post-processing functions (such as audio normalization) and additional description of digital surrogates as needed. 
  • Perform in-­house digitization under the supervision of archivists. 
  • Track shipments and project status in a local database and spreadsheets. 
  • Assist in the development and revision of workflows, guidelines and other documentation related to digitization. 
  • Maintain an orderly and functioning workstation. 
  • Keep statistics for production work or projects and write reports.  
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and work experience. 
  • Ability to follow complex procedures, work independently, and collaborate with others in a dynamic and team-oriented environment.
  • Strong organizational, time management, and problem resolution skills, ability to meet deadlines and produce measurable deliverables, and demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail. 
  • Knowledge of the Windows operating system, email and Microsoft Office applications (including word processing and spreadsheets), and data entry.  
  • Demonstrated experience with file management tasks (navigating within directory trees, moving files, renaming files, creating directories, etc.). 
  • Good oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to move 40 pounds.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous work experience with the vended production, preservation, and/or digitization of sound recordings, and/or moving images. 
  • Experience using database applications (such as FileMaker Pro) and audio editing software (such as Audacity). 
  • Experience working with standardized metadata and cataloging rules. 
  • Experience working with quality control software or tools such as Mediaconch, MDQC and/or ffmpeg.
  • Experience working in a research library setting, particularly using library cataloging systems and finding aids.  
  • Demonstrated ability to create, organize, and maintain process documentation.

Additional Information

The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities, see for more information.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.