Please excuse duplication and the compressed time frame.
NOTICE OF VACANCY
May 14, 2008
TITLE: Digital Projects Librarian
LOCATION: Digital Initiatives
Among the largest academic research libraries in North America, the University
of Washington Libraries has a collection of more than seven million cataloged
volumes, an equal number in microform format, more than 50,000 serial titles,
and several million items in other formats. Students and faculty recognize the
value provided by the Libraries and rank the Libraries as the most important
source of information for their work. The Libraries also receives the highest
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' staff,
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 grant
funded digitization projects such as The Olympic Peninsula Virtual Community
Museum. Digital Initiatives is currently partnering with Dr. Michael Biggins 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 of
groups and individuals, and the ability to communicate with colleagues regarding
the technical constraints, requirements, and resource needs associated with work
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 knowledge
and application of software.
* Installs, administers, and troubleshoots software. Initial focus will be DLXS
software, but others will be added as necessary. Creates and maintains work and
procedure documentation. Ability to understand and work with XML is essential.
* Works with Libraries staff and campus faculty in the development and
implementation of research projects involving the Libraries suite of software
tools; evaluates and recommends new software and tools, and fosters awareness of
evolving technologies and standards in digital scholarship research.
* Works with the Libraries Metadata Librarian in the selection and application
of metadata schemas.
* Provides training, instruction, support and documentation to libraries staff
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 campus.
* Contributes to the development of University Libraries policies, programs and
* 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 requested.
1. Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association
or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
2. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions 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 library
services to support teaching and research.
6. Working knowledge of at least one programming or scripting language and the
ability to quickly and independently learn others as required.
7. Ability to work creatively, collaboratively and effectively both as a team
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 and
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 and
BENEFITS: Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University
of Washington Retirement Plan (TIAA-CREF, The Vanguard Group, and/or Fidelity
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. No 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 work
telephone number, e-mail address, salary requirements, and the names, addresses
and telephone numbers of at least three references who are knowledgeable of the
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 http://www.lib.washington.edu.
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.