NOTICE OF VACANCY
May 14, 2008
TITLE: Digital Projects Librarian
LOCATION: University of Washington Libraries, Digital Initiatives
Among the largest academic research libraries in North America, the
of Washington Libraries has a collection of more than seven million
volumes, an equal number in microform format, more than 50,000 serial
and several million items in other formats. Students and faculty recognize
value provided by the Libraries and rank the Libraries as the most important
source of information for their work. The Libraries also receives the
satisfaction rating of any academic service on the surveys of graduating
seniors conducted by the Office of Educational Assessment.
THE DIGITAL INITIATIVES UNIT:
The Libraries Digital Initiatives unit is responsible for researching the
implications of new technologies for the Libraries. The staff of Digital
Initiatives fosters experimentation and collaboration among Libraries'
with UW faculty and staff, and with strategic external partners. Digital
Initiatives has worked with others in the Libraries to create policies and
procedures for the selection and digitization of materials, and manages the
Libraries Digital Collections site. In addition, this unit manages large
funded digitization projects such as The Olympic Peninsula Virtual Community
Museum. Digital Initiatives is currently partnering with Dr. Michael
on the William C. Brumfield Russian Architecture Collection.
Under the direction of the Head, Digital Initiatives, the Digital Projects
Librarian serves as the resource person for researching, recommending,
implementing and supporting existing and emerging applications and metadata
schema for digital projects; also consults with librarians and faculty
regarding the development of digital projects. The incumbent is expected to
have experience working collaboratively and constructively with a wide range
groups and individuals, and the ability to communicate with colleagues
regarding the technical constraints, requirements, and resource needs
associated with work projects.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
* Assists in the design, creation and maintenance of World Wide Web
applications. Performs programming, database design and data migration.
Participates in Digital Initiatives projects that require specialized
and application of software.
* Installs, administers, and troubleshoots software. Initial focus will be
software, but others will be added as necessary. Creates and maintains work
procedure documentation. Ability to understand and work with XML is
* Works with Libraries staff and campus faculty in the development and
implementation of research projects involving the Libraries suite of
tools; evaluates and recommends new software and tools, and fosters
of evolving technologies and standards in digital scholarship research.
* Works with the Libraries Metadata Librarian in the selection and
of metadata schemas.
* Provides training, instruction, support and documentation to libraries
and non-technical on-campus and off-campus personnel involved with projects.
* Participates in the development of overall technology planning for Digital
Initiatives and Libraries Information Technology Services.
* Provides support to the Libraries regarding technology and metadata issues
related to digital preservation both in the Libraries and elsewhere on
* Contributes to the development of University Libraries policies, programs
* Participates in University Libraries committees, particularly the Metadata
Implementation Group, task forces, and program planning as appropriate.
* Assumes other responsibilities as assigned; performs other tasks as
1. Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library
Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies
2. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the
a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
3. Direct experience applying XML and/or XSL in a work environment.
4. Demonstrated knowledge of digital library technologies and standards.
5. Demonstrated understanding of current trends and issues in digital
services to support teaching and research.
6. Working knowledge of at least one programming or scripting language and
ability to quickly and independently learn others as required.
7. Ability to work creatively, collaboratively and effectively both as a
member and independently.
8. Ability to interact effectively with a broad range of staff within the
Library, the University and in collaborative initiatives with other
9. Strong interpersonal skills as well as excellent oral and written
1. Demonstrated potential for leadership in university and national programs
2. Experience with Information Technology in a higher education or library
3. Ability to forge working agreements on complex assignments across units.
4. Experience completing projects within established deadlines and budgets.
SALARY: $45,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications
BENEFITS: Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the
of Washington Retirement Plan (TIAA-CREF, The Vanguard Group, and/or
Investments) on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 24
working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year.
state or local income tax.
Charles E. Chamberlin
Senior Associate Dean
University of Washington Libraries
482 Allen Library
Seattle, Washington 98195-2900
Applicants should submit a letter of application, full resume including a
telephone number, e-mail address, salary requirements, and the names,
and telephone numbers of at least three references who are knowledgeable of
applicant's qualifications for this position.
To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00
p.m., Friday, July 11, 2008.
University of Washington Libraries Home Page is
The Digital Initiatives Home Page is http://digital.lib.washington.edu/.
The University of Washington, an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Employer, is building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages
applications from female and minority candidates.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the
University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment
authorization of each new employee.