HEAD OF DIGITAL COLLECTIONS
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities -- University Libraries
The University of Minnesota Libraries seek a Head of Digital
Collections eager to provide innovative and expert leadership. We
seek an individual who knows best practices in digital content
production and management, is an excellent project manager and
communicator, and is skilled at building partnerships. This
individual will have extraordinary opportunities to innovate and
collaborate on digital projects with the Libraries' Archives and
Special Collections, which is home to internationally renowned
collections, and other Libraries and campus entities. Digital
collection production plays an essential role in the Libraries
aspiration to build and reveal collections of distinction.
The Digital Collections unit (DCU) fosters the creation of and access
to research and scholarly material in digital form from within the
collections of the Libraries and across the University of Minnesota.
The DCU, in collaboration with subject specialists and archivists,
provides expertise and services to departments, labs, and centers of
the University, supporting the creation, collection, archiving, and
dissemination of digital content. The DCU supports in-house and
externally contracted digitization services (including fee-based
services). The DCU works with Technical Services to develop
comprehensive metadata standards for digital assets and shares these
with the campus through documentation, training, and collaborative
project planning. The DCU monitors and participates in national and
international initiatives to ensure that local practice is compatible
with emerging standards in the larger digital collections
community. The work of the DCU complements and is closely
coordinated with the Libraries' Digital Conservancy initiative, which
develops sustained institutional capacity for access and preservation
of born-digital information assets.
Digital Collections is a unit within the Information Technology (IT)
division of the University Libraries and reports to the division's
Digital Library Development Lab, a department that provides
programming and architectural support for digital library
initiatives. Other departments in the IT division include one for
management of Libraries enterprise systems, and another responsible
for desktop and server infrastructure and basic technology skills development.
As a member of the Digital Library Federation, a recipient of IMLS
funds, and a participant in the Minnesota Digital Library Coalition,
the University of Minnesota Libraries builds tools and collections
that serve as statewide, national, and international models and
interact effectively with other digital collections of interest to
the University community.
The Head of Digital Collections reports to the Director of the
Digital Library Development Lab in the Libraries' Information
Technology division, and serves on the Information Technology
Council. The Head convenes with the leadership of the Libraries'
Archives and Special Collections, and Technical Services departments,
and the Collections Council, as appropriate.
Planning and Development -- the Head develops digital projects for
the Libraries and seeks external funding sources to continue the
innovative work of the unit; works closely as a unit within the
Digital Library Development Lab to develop appropriate systems and
tools for collection access, management, and preservation; and works
with the other IT managers, as appropriate.
Campus Partnership & Services -- the Head fosters collaboration and
exchange with departments, labs, and centers across the University in
identifying, transforming, storing, and sharing digital works;
identifies assets in need of DCU services, develops relationships
with those responsible for managing such assets, shares expertise in
electronic archiving and metadata with the campus, and builds strong
Collaboration -- the Head collaborates with other library units to
ensure that the full range of library expertise and resources are
applied to distributed efforts to build and manage digital collections.
Research & Sharing -- the Head participates in larger digital library
community, works to share that knowledge through various forms of
professional contribution, and seeks opportunities for statewide,
national, and international partnerships.
Operations Management -- the Head manages the operations budget of
the DCU, and recruits and supervises its staff.
Required: Bachelor's degree; at least three years of growing
responsibility and accomplishment in digitization or digital
collection production and development; familiarity with best
practices for digitization, for metadata development and capture, and
for archival storage of digital objects; demonstrated understanding
of emerging standards in digitization and digital library systems;
demonstrated involvement in the profession; ability to work in a
complex organization, build and nurture a cross functional team, and
collaborate with wide variety of partners; supervisory experience;
excellent written and verbal communication skills. Preferred: An
ALA-accredited masters degree in Library or Information Science, or
other relevant advanced degree; Knowledge of and success with
external funding sources; ability to liaison well with faculty;
experience partnering with diverse coalitions, experience in
academic, research library, or cultural heritage environments;
experience with the creation and capture of a wide variety of digital
formats; knowledge of the design and development of digital library
architecture and tools; financial management experience; evidence of
planning and project management skill.
SALARY AND BENEFITS:
The University Libraries offer a competitive salary commensurate with
skills and experience. Excellent benefits. This is a full-time,
12-month, annually renewable Academic Professional position in the
Information Technology Supervisor classification.
Position is available immediately. Position will remain open until
filled. Send letter of application, resume, and names and contact
information of three current professional references to: Libraries
Human Resources, 499 Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, 309
19th Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55455. Please identify the application
The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.