Preservation - Student Digitization Assistant

The University of Chicago Library

Preservation Department

Title: Preservation - Student Digitization Assistant

Department: Preservation Department, Digitization Unit

Division: Collection Services

Student positions at the University of Chicago Library are available only to University of Chicago students.

General Summary

The University of Chicago Library is engaged in an ongoing program to digitize and provide access to materials from the Library’s collections. This program forms part of a broader digital library initiative at the Library in support of research and instruction at the University. The Preservation – Student Digitization Assistant will work closely with the Digitization Manager on the digitization of materials using a variety of scanners, quality control and production of derivative files and preparing items for scanning. The amount of time spent on each of the responsibilities listed below depends on the amount and type of material selected for digitization.


  • Scan a variety of original materials following set standards; perform set-up functions, scan pages, and save files in standard formats for storage and display
  • Perform quality inspection of scanned images for overall image quality and adherence to specifications; rescan problem images as necessary
  • Record the required metadata for managing files
  • Create derivative files for delivery using software, such as Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Prepare and pack items for conversion by vendors.

There will be other assignments made from time to time as needed


  • Must be a Graduate Student
  • Familiarity with Windows 10 in a PC network environment
  • Adobe Acrobat Adobe Creative Suite
  • Ability to work independently within a team framework
  • Ability to understand technical concepts
  • Ability to move loaded book trucks and lift 50 pounds
  • Must have good communication skills
  • Good organizational skills and high level attention to detail
  • Sensitivity to handling issues of rare and fragile library materials

To Apply

Graduate students interested in working for the library can apply online via our Library Student Employment Application.

Please contact Christina Miranda-Izguerra, Digitization Manager at once you have completed the employment application.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with disability.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process may contact Human Resources at with their request.