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Digital Collections Curator
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks a Digital Collections
Curator to play a key role in the further development of our electronic
content stewardship and publishing programs. These programs will be
developed through a strategic and dynamic partnership between the Penn
State Libraries and Information Technology Services (ITS). The Digital
Collections Curator will lead the Librariesí efforts to develop and plan
user focused services that enable the effective creation, sharing,
discovery, and use of digital content in support of research, teaching
and learning. The Digital Collections Curator collaborates extensively
with colleagues throughout the Libraries and ITS to achieve his or her
objectives. The Curator will report to the Assistant Dean for
Scholarly Communications who also oversees Digitization and
Preservation, Scholarly Communications Services, and the Office of
Digital Scholarly Publishing. This is a tenure track appointment.
Responsibilities will include:
* Lead development of an inclusive, user-focused agenda for digital
scholarly content stewardship.
* Investigate, recommend, and develop plans for user-focused and
repository- based services to effectively manage the sustainable
creation, collection and distribution of high-value digital scholarly
* Manage a broad set of existing digital collections and repository
content, including: reformatted materials (images, books, newspapers,
manuscripts, etc), publication related content (journals, conference
proceedings, monographs, hybrid formats, post & pre-prints, working
papers, etc), as well as the potential and emerging needs for data
collections in a wide array of disciplines.
* Research and develop in-depth knowledge of new and emerging
technologies, relevant national standards, and best practices, in order
to assess and promote their integration into local operations as
* Serve on standing working groups and committees related to web
functionality and digital content creation and management.
* Communicate effectively with internal stakeholders in the areas
of collections & public services, technical services, information
technologies, and scholarly communications.
* Promote and report on Penn Stateís activities through conference
and workshop presentations, written publications.
* Represent Penn State in relevant professional contexts and engage
with national and consortial peers to identify and/or carry out mutually
* Masterís degree in library and/or information science, or
advanced degree in relevant academic field.
* Should have 3 years work related to the creation, management, and
provision of electronic data resources in a higher education environment.
* Should demonstrate strong organizational and/or process
* Should demonstrate familiarity with developing trends in higher
education information management, including, but not limited to:
Cyberinfrastructure development, data curation and preservation,
electronic publishing, digital scholarship and non-traditional scholarly
* Ability to lead and work collaboratively in an evolving and
* Commitment to user focused design, development, and service
* Communication skills that will support work with both technology
experts and novices.
* Facility with common standards and practices in contemporary
digital library management. Experience with XSLT, Perl or other
scripting languages, and/or experience with major repository platforms
As an outcome of joint strategic planning, the Penn State Libraries and
Information Technology Services (ITS) are collaborating in the
development of this Content Stewardship program to 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 data access, management, and preservation services that will
support the creation and distribution of digital scholarship.
Additionally, the Penn State Press and the Libraries jointly operate the
Office of Digital Scholarly Publishing to explore and incubate
publishing services that support the Penn State community.
Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the CIC (Big 10)
academic consortium. The Penn State University Libraries currently rank
8th in North America among private and public research universities,
based on Association for Research Libraries Investment Index. The
Libraries hold membership in ARL, OCLC, CRL and the Digital Library
Federation. Collections exceed 6.5 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. The University Park campus is set in the State College
metropolitan area, a university town located in the heart of central
Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding
recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools.
The campus is within a half-day drive to Washington, DC, Baltimore,
Philadelphia, New York City and Pittsburgh. For more information, please
visit http://www.libraries.psu.edu and http://www.cbicc.org/
Send a letter of application, resume, and the names and contact
information of three references to Search Committee, The Pennsylvania
State University, Box DCC-PSUA, 511 Paterno Library, University Park, PA
16802, via email to [log in to unmask], or fax to 814-863-5592.
Review of applications will begin March 2, 2009 and continue until the
position is filled.
Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and
the diversity of its workforce.
Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communications and
Co-Director, Office of Digital Scholarly Publishing
Penn State University Libraries
University Park, PA 16802