Digital Library Architect, Penn State University
The Division of Information Technology Services (ITS) at Pennsylvania
State University is seeking a Digital Library Architect to provide
vision for and direct the development of the technical architecture
for enterprise-level Content Stewardship services.
An outcome of joint strategic planning conducted by Information
Technology Services and the University Libraries (UL) in 2007/2008,
the Content Stewardship program will meet extant and emerging digital
content and asset management needs in areas such as digital library
collections, scholarly communications, electronic record archiving,
and e-science/e-research. Building on existing services and
infrastructure, this program will put in place a cohesive and
extensible suite of access, discovery, preservation, curation,
security, repository, archival, and storage services. Initial
applications for the Content Stewardship program include an electronic
records repository, policy- and object-based storage infrastructure,
and reassessment of the institutional ETD system.
Reporting to the ITS Senior Director of Digital Library Technologies,
this position will work closely with the University Libraries’
Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communications, Assistant Dean for
Technical Services, and the Head of the University Libraries’
Information Technology Department. The Digital Library Architect can
anticipate working across all functional areas of both ITS and the UL.
The University Libraries will shortly be seeking a Digital Collections
Curator to support the Content Stewardship program; this new position
will focus on digital collection and repository services management
and will work closely with the Digital Library Architect.
* Lead the design and development of the technical architecture for
digital library applications, middleware, systems, and services.
* Develop, publish, and maintain a roadmap for service and
* Collaborate on and contribute to strategic and tactical planning and
implementation in the content stewardship domain.
* With ITS and UL leadership, develop a Content Stewardship governance
model that is inclusive of stakeholder and user needs.
* Support existing content management policies, processes, and
workflows, and contribute to the development of new ones.
* Collaborate on the development and maintenance of service and
project portfolio management in the content stewardship domain.
* Work with existing digital library standing working groups and
committees on the development and realization of common strategies,
goals and work plans.
* Apply service management principles and processes in both the
development and operation of Content Stewardship services.
* Collaborate on the development and promotion of best practices for
content and data management.
* Track technology trends and standards evolution, and contribute to
developments in this field.
* Engage in national and consortial efforts in the digital library
domain, and seek mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations
with peer institutions and in the private sector.
Qualifications and Requirements:
1. Bachelor degree in computer science or equivalent. Five to seven
years experience in IT or research library domain.
2. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
3. Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
4. Demonstrated ability to lead complex and cross-organizational
projects and guide diverse constituents towards common goals.
5. Demonstrated expertise in existing and emergent content and
storage management standards and technologies.
6. Demonstrated success in and commitment to process improvement
and excellent customer service.
About Information Technology Services:
Information Technology Services (ITS) is critical to the success of
teaching, research, and business operations at Penn State. ITS
provides the infrastructure and large-scale information technology
tools that support students, faculty, and staff in their learning,
teaching, research, outreach, administration, and support activities.
ITS works in partnership with key areas of the University to jointly
develop strategies that will anticipate future information technology
needs to support Penn State's growth and evolution in the coming
years. For more information, please visit http://its.psu.edu/
About Penn State University Libraries:
The Penn State University Libraries currently rank 12th in North
America among private and public research universities, based on
Association for Research Libraries data. In 2006 Washington Monthly, a
political, inside-the-beltway publication, ranked Penn State 3rd in
the nation among public universities in preparing students to benefit
the nation. The Libraries hold membership in ARL, OCLC, CRL and the
Digital Library Federation. Collections exceed 5 million volumes,
including more than 68,000 current serial subscriptions. The
University Libraries are located at University Park and 23 other
campuses throughout Pennsylvania, with approximately 6,000 faculty and
42,000 students at University Park, and more than 82,000 students
system wide. For more information, please visit http://www.libraries.psu.edu/
To submit an application for this position, please go to http://www.psu.jobs
(job number 29484).
Senior Director, Digital Library Technologies
Information Technology Services
The Pennsylvania State University