I don’t normally post job openings, but this one looked cool. The Smithsonian Institution is looking for someone that researches, negotiates, obtains, and documents licenses from copyright holders to use images of NPG collection objects in exhibitions, programs, and publications, as well as public awareness and fund raising efforts. S/he also reviews internal and external requests for permission to reproduce NPG collection object images. S/he contributes significantly to the creation, management and distribution of the NPG’s digital image resources. As the NPG transitions toward an open access policy with regard to its collections, the Image Rights Specialist will help to implement this enhanced access and service to the public.

Duties include:
  • Researches copyright restrictions and coordinates rights documentation and permissions clearance for museum collections; locates rights holders and negotiates usage and licensing agreements; provides guidance to staff regarding restrictions and copyright.
  • Monitors evolving opinions and policies regarding copyright; liaises with SI offices regarding the Institution’s right’s policies; assists in developing a code of best practices for the museum.
  • Coordinates the museum’s “fee and free” image dissemination policy; distributes images to a wide variety of requestors via digital hosting and transfer protocols.
  • Prepares and uploads high-resolution images to the Digital Asset Management System (DAMS); ensures appropriate metadata is embedded and established naming conventions are applied; digitizes legacy files as needed.
Experience or advance degree (e.g., a JD) required.
Applications due by February 22, 2016.
More info here.
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