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Imaging Technician, Harvard Library, Cambridge, MA

Business Title: Part Time/Temporary Imaging Technician


The Imaging Technician I produces high-quality digital images of library materials and collections. Creates images using digital cameras, film scanners, and document scanners. Applies digital image processing techniques to adjust tone, color, scale, and to otherwise reformat digital images. Performs quality control tasks. Handles irreplaceable documents, objects, and rare books. Undertakes special projects as directed.


This is a 90 day appointment. Hours are flexible, between 21-35 per week. 

TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. 

  • Operates multi shot, scanning, and SLR digital cameras.
  • Operates film scanner.
  • Operates roller and sheet fed document scanners.
  • Uses studio lighting equipment.
  • Handles library materials (including irreplaceable art objects and rare books) according to established guidelines.
  • Uses image processing software to adjust digital images to match the color and tonality of originals.
  • Performs quality control reviews.
  • Records work steps and production statistics.
  • Organizes and cleans studio workspaces.



  • H.S. Diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum of 1 year of professional experience in photography, digital imaging, or other graphic arts field.
  • Solid understanding of photographic principles.
  • Ability to accurately evaluate color and contrast.
  • Comfort and facility working with computers and software applications.
  • Experience using Adobe Photoshop and other image capture and processing software to edit and organize image files.
  • Ability to adhere to strict handling requirements for rare and delicate materials.
  • Ability to maintain acute attention to detail while performing repetitive tasks.
  • Ability to initiate and adapt to change, to analyze and solve problems, and to be flexible and work collaboratively.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be organized, disciplined, and highly productive.



  • Bachelor's degree in photography or a related field, desirable.
  • Coursework in art history, architectural history, or studio art desirable.
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel, Word, and Access, desirable.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Setting up camera and lighting equipment and positioning original material involves lifting (up to 40 pounds), reaching, bending, and carrying.  Assignments involve sitting or standing for extended periods and can require working from a ladder.  Handling of delicate materials and equipment requires physical dexterity. High volume projects require repetitive actions be performed.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: The majority of the work associated with this position is performed in a photography studio. Work is performed in service operation with an expectation of high productivity and strict attention to detail.


EEO Statement: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to

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