Position Summary: Responsible for the day-to-day management of The Morton Arboretum’s digital resources across the organization. Responsible for the production and organization of a growing collection of digital resources serving visitors, staff, and the education and scientific communities and will assist in the organization and curation of the Arboretum’s archives. Contribute to the advancement of the Library’s identity as the center of knowledge within the Arboretum.
Establish and maintain best practices in digital asset management. Ensure by following best practices and recognized standards to oversee quality control and preservation of digital assets. Develop efficient workflows for digitization of a variety of media.
Implement, develop, and maintain a collections management system to support digitization of resources for research, design and preservation purposes.
Assist with requests for access to and/or use of images from outside users including rights management and copyright compliance.
Assist the Library Collections Manager to prioritize archives projects, process archives collections, and create finding aids/online access.
Post new content on the library’s pages of the Arboretum’s website and intranet related to digital assets.
Respond to Library collections and reference inquiries that come from Library staff, Arboretum patrons, and the general public.
Assist with the provision and responding to interlibrary loan requests from internal and external sources.
Direct Library volunteers on special projects.
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library Science required. 1+ years demonstrated knowledge of digital asset management required. Knowledge of best practices and standards for digital reformatting and preservation of born digital collections, organization, storage, and retrieval of digital collections required. Demonstrated knowledge of archives principles and practices in both digital and analog formats. Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging metadata and cataloging standards and relevant controlled vocabularies, including DACS, EAD, LC authorities, MARC 21, and Dublin Core. Knowledge of archival standards and best practices for archival arrangement and description. Experience acquiring, processing, and preserving archival materials. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and experience with Gmail and other Google applications beneficial.
Success Factors: Excellent organizational and communications skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with diverse library users, staff and patrons. Public service orientation requiring interest, tact, patience and engagement. Ability to multi-task and prioritize. Ability to work flexibly and creatively in a changing environment. Ability to work independently and collegially with teams and individuals across the organization. Ability to apply current digital benchmarks and best practices, and identify digital information trends and planning for the future. Interest and knowledge of trees, horticulture, or natural history.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity: limited lifting and carrying (up to 20 lbs.), climbing a step ladder.
Work Environment: Work is primarily performed indoors in an office setting.
Equipment: General office equipment, digital camera, scanner, step ladder.
Schedule: Work schedule will include a regular Saturday rotation and occasional evenings.
The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer – disability/veteran.
About The Morton Arboretum
When Joy Morton established The Morton Arboretum in 1922, he envisioned a “great outdoor museum” of trees. Today, our living collections inspire visitors to appreciate, learn about, plant, and protect trees. The Arboretum champions the world's trees through plant collections, science and conservation, education, and outreach.
The Morton Arboretum's 1,700 acres hold more than 222,000 live plants representing nearly 4,300 taxa from around the world. Situated on the rolling Valparaiso moraine and bisected by the East Branch of the DuPage River, the Arboretum is planned and planted to nurture and display trees and shrubs in environments conducive to their growth.
The Arboretum conducts leading scientific research on tree health and tree improvement, collects and displays trees for study and enjoyment on the grounds, offers educational programming for adults and children, and presents nature-related activities year-round for people of all ages and interests.