Lambda Archives of San Diego (LASD) holds a wealth of historical and contemporary images documenting the LGBTQ+ community in San Diego. Funded by a California State Library grant, LASD will be able to provide online access to these images through our digitization project, “Preserving California’s LGBTQ+ History.” To meet the goals of this project, LASD is currently seeking an experienced PROJECT MANAGER. See job details and application instructions below. Apply by September 15, 2020.
- Term: 10 months
- Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
- Position Availability: Immediately
Lambda Archives of San Diego (LASD) is seeking an energetic, service-oriented and
collaborative professional to serve as a Project Manager for the digitization of the photography
collection. The ideal candidate will work on providing online access for Lambda Archives’
images. Specifically, this Project Manager will oversee a project that would allow Lambda
Archives to thoroughly assess all of the image collections, ensure that all images have been
digitized, quality control checked and standardized metadata created across all collections.
This position is made possible through the California State Library’s grant funded project, “Preserving California’s LGBTQ+ History.”
The LASD holds a wealth of historical and current images documenting the LGBTQ
community in San Diego. Presently, approximately 12,000 images from photographs, negatives
and slides are digitized to varying levels of quality. Several important collections, including the
Denise Lise collection, Christine Kehoe collection and West Coast Productions among others,
remain to be digitized; and the collection of one of the official Pride photographers, Vanessa
Dubois needs to be curated and described.
Reporting to the Archivist, and located at the San Diego State University’s Library, the
Project Manager will work to create online access for photographs, slides and negatives. The
project manager will oversee the evaluation of all the collections and review the archives to
discover collections that may have been overlooked. The project manager will oversee the
digitization of any remaining collections to archival standards. Since most of the digitization work has been performed by volunteers to varying standards, the project manager will work with student assistants, hired for this project, to assess the images for quality, perform light editing (color correction, contrast correction, dust removal, for instance), and edit for duplication. The project manager and students will work with San Diego State University (SDSU) staff to review existing metadata and to create new MODS metadata. The project manager will be responsible for uploading the images into the SDSU Library’s Islandora online library and maintaining the LASD collections in the online library.
● Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel,
Google Sheets and other productivity software.
● Demonstrated experience with digitization projects.
● Experience supervising or managing employees.
● Ability to build and sustain effective interpersonal relationships with Archive staff, faculty
and students, off campus faculty and administrators, campus administrators, etc.
● Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and
independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
● Evidence of analytical, organizational, communication, project, and time management
skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and
projects on time and within budget and in accordance with task/project parameters.
● Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability
to work effectively with a diverse faculty and student population.
● Capacity to thrive in an ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a community archive
and research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
● Demonstrated knowledge of current national archival and descriptive standards and best
practices, particularly MODS and/or Dublin Core.
● Knowledge of conservation and preservation needs of archival collections, particularly as
applicable to digital reformatting.
● Background in LGBTQ+, Sexuality, or Gender Studies
Applications and nominations for the position are welcome and must be sent to Nicole Verdes at email@example.com by September 15, 2020. Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include:
● 1) letter of application describing qualifications and experience;
● 2) current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and
● 3) on a separate document list the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3
professional references including a current or previous supervisor.