5209 Coordinator, Digital Lab – Library



TITLE 5209 Coordinator, Digital Lab – Library




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director of Resource Management and Discovery


The digitization lab of the Missouri State University Libraries leads and coordinates the digitization of content (including three-dimensional content) owned by the MSU Libraries, or loaned to it specifically for the purpose of digitization, preservation, and user access. This position leads and manages all facets of the digitization lab, including but not limited to budgets, personnel, equipment, software, processes, metadata, archiving, inter-organizational collaboration, promotion, and donor relations. Collaborate with other units and individuals at the MSU Libraries, at MSU, in the region, the state, and elsewhere to identify and solidify digitization initiatives and projects.


Education: A Master’s degree in Library Science, Computer Science, Media and Film, or a related field is required. An equivalent combination of years of experience and education may be considered for substitution of educational requirements.

Experience: A minimum of two years of experience with the digitization process and necessary equipment is required. A documented proficiency in relevant software and technology, including three-dimensional scanning, knowledge of metadata standards and cataloging principles, knowledge of various file types and file management best practices is required

Skills: Familiarity with cataloging, various computer applications, and establishing metadata descriptions required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. Experience in outreach activities and supervisory experience are preferred. Effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills as well as strong organizational and management skills are also required.


1. Oversees digitization Lab including operating and maintaining the digitization lab, ensuring it meets professional standards and safety protocols, as well as managing the equipment, software and other lab resources.

2. This position heads up the digital projects area, including leading the development and implementation of digitization workflows and processes as part of a comprehensive reformatting program that includes campus, community, state, and regional partnerships, vended services, as well as extensive in-house digitization.

3. Coordinate lab projects with the Library management team to establish priorities for the projects, with achievable deadlines for specific projects.

4. Confers and collaborates with others within the MSU Libraries, across the University, and throughout the region to identify materials suitable for a digitization project.

5. Coordinates with others to make informed decisions about when to outsource certain digitization projects, or facets of specific digitization projects.

6. Ensures the quality and accuracy of digitized content, adhering to best practices and standards by using specific methods to ensure that digitized content is acceptable, and useful to users of digitized content.

7. Coordinates and advises donors, potential donors, and intermediary individuals and organizations to identify collections suitable for digitization.

8. Identifies and pursues, when appropriate, external funding (grants, gifts, etc.) for digitization projects.

9. Collaborate with other units and individuals at the MSU Libraries, at MSU, in the region, the state, and elsewhere to identify and solidify digitization initiatives and projects.

10. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

11. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the supervisor.

12. Contributes to the overall success of the department by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Resource Management and Discovery.


The Coordinator, Digital Lab supervises other employees, including other full-time staff, graduate assistants, interns, student employees, non-student part-time employees, and others.