Job Posting: 3D Expert! (okay, okay, “IT Specialist”), Smithsonian, Landover, MD

This is a two-year term position with a salary range of $43,057 to $68,465.


  • Provides technical recommendations in the configuration and management of 3D digitization software and equipment. The incumbent is responsible for updating, and evaluating activities related to these applications and identifying problems that may exist with the systems.
  • Uses a variety of specialized 3D scanning equipment and techniques ranging from photogrammetry to short and long-range laser scanning to document museum objects, environments and collections.
  • Uses a variety of software to process acquired 3D datasets. Deliverables may include preparation of 3D models for scientific inquiry, 3D printing, CNC machining web viewing or archiving.


Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:

  1. Knowledge of principles and methods for installation and maintenance of software and hardware, documenting physical configuration, the development of new hardware and software workflows and diagnosing and recovering failed systems. This includes installing and maintaining 3D digitization software and equipment.
  2. Knowledge of 3D scanning and photogrammetry equipment such as: Articulated laser arm, handheld 3D scanner, medium or long-range laser scanner (time of flight or phase shift), tripod mounted structured light or laser scanner, consumer 3D scanner (under $5000), consumer camera and digital SLR camera.
  3. Knowledge of software for the following applications: Point cloud processing, CAD modeling, 2D image processing for photogrammetry, CT data processing, digital sculpting, animation and photorealistic rendering (e.g. Geomagic, Polyworks, Faro Scene, Rhino, Autodesk PhotoReCap, Autodesk ReCap Pro, Mimics, ORS Visual, and Autodesk Entertainment Suite.)

Job Post: AV Archivist, Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art, Washington

This position is located in Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. The employee applies current archival principles, concepts, standards, best practices, and methodologies to identify and assess the Archives’ archival audiovisual recordings….

Must have knowledge of American art and cultural history, particularly contemporary art and artists that employed audiovisual technologies into their artwork or documented contemporary art events, happenings, exhibitions, and artists’ interviews.

Internship Posting: digitization intern for the Field Book Project

The Smithsonian Institution seeks a summer digitization intern for the
Field Book Project, a joint initiative by the Smithsonian National Museum
of Natural History (NMNH) and the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA).
Internships are 10-12 weeks and must take place between June 1 and August
31, 2012.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Field Book Project is seeking an intern to work
with the primary source field book collections in the Department of
Botany. The Field Book Project is a collaborative initiative between the
Smithsonian Institution Archives and National Museum of Natural History
and works to improve access to primary source field notes, expedition
journals, photographs, and other materials documenting field work for
scientific research and discovery. The field book collection spans more
than 150 years of scientific field work and contains manuscripts and other
materials that document information on specimen collections that may not
be available on the specimen labels or in published literature. Interns
will reproduce original works in digital format for a myriad of imaging

QUALIFICATIONS: The intern must be able to handle delicate manuscripts
carefully, should have a healthy respect for historic collections, and
should be interested in learning about best practices and techniques for
digital imaging in an archival repository. Attention to detail for quality
control purposes is a must. Any previous experience with digitization
and/or knowledge of digital image file formats, settings, embedded
metadata and naming conventions should be mentioned in the application.


TO APPLY:  Send a resume, two references, and a cover letter detailing how
the internship relates to your academic or career goals to Carolyn
Sheffield at<>.

DEADLINE:  February 25, 2012.

Upcoming Job Posting: EAD Coordinator at the Archives of American Art

Look for an official job announcement next week on USA Jobs for an Archivist:  EAD Coordinator.  The position should open on July 5 and close on July 19.  It is a temporary federal term appointment not to exceed 13 months.  It is at the GS 9/1 level for a salary of $51,630, with full federal benefits.  ALL applications must be completed via the automated steps outlined on the USA Jobs website.  Follow all instructions carefully.  Although there are no guarantees, the AAA will be seeking additional funding to extend the position.

Job Summary:  Works as a professional-level archivist on a grant project to coordinate further implementation of the EAD (Encoded Archival Description) format for electronic finding aids and legacy data conversion across 10 Smithsonian archival units participating in this project. This project follows an EAD Gap Analysis Study completed in 2011 and will address archival descriptive deficiencies identified for individual units. The goal of this project is to increase online access to the Smithsonian’s archival resources by implementing EAD consistently across participating units.

The position requires demonstrated professional-level knowledge of national standards and best practices for electronic archival description and cataloging, specifically the national EAD (Encoded Archival Description) and DACS (Describing Archives:  A Content Standard) archival descriptive format and standards.  The position reports to the Collections Processing Unit, Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C. which is the lead unit on the project, but will work closely with all participating Smithsonian archival units and the Smithsonian’s Libraries and Archives Support Branch of the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

(h/t Barbara D.Aikens)