Haverford College is seeking a Digital Scholarship Librarian.
The Digital Scholarship Librarian serves as a member of the Digital Research
and Resources affinity group. Creatively engages in support of faculty and
students involved in digital scholarships.
Participates in the development of digital projects and collections by
providing a full range of reference, instruction, and collection
development/management, and metadata services for all areas of digital
scholarship. Provides for the development, long term stewardship and access
to the Library’s local digital collections by working collaboratively with
faculty, subject specialists, students, and college staff to identify,
evaluate and accession materials of significant cultural, academic or
historical value. Supports and serves as a resource to colleagues in
developing digital projects. Contributes to and supports the digital and
online presence of the Library through the investigation, implementation and
enhancement of tools that assist with research, instruction and scholarship.
Participates in Web-development team. Actively participates in and
contributes to the Tri-College Technology Advisory Group. Reports to
Coordinator for Digital Scholarship and Services.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides strong reference services and support of faculty and students
in the area of digital scholarship.
Consults with faculty on digital projects to support their teaching and
Develops digital collections through projects focused on digitizing,
preserving and providing online access to audio, video, image, data and
text-based content related to teaching, faculty scholarship and the cultural
heritage of the college.
Determines and implements technical best practices for digitizing,
describing, providing access to, and archiving audio, video, image and
text-based collections including conversion methods, data dictionaries,
rules for description, file format and quality standards and storage
methods; performs digitization process and supervises others in this work
Coordinates with subject specialist librarians, IT staff, academic
departments and college offices to identify and evaluate potential
collections: define needs; determine workflows for submission, approval, and
administration; develop metadata schemas; delineate copyright and access
Supports the integration of metadata across a variety of library and
archive applications following standards and the rules for description of
Develops, implements and tests tools that support resource discovery,
resource management and resource utilization.
Provides leadership for the development and integration of technologies
to enhance the library’s research and instruction services
Evaluates feasibility of proposed projects and initiatives within the
local environment; ensures that assessment plans are developed as part of
any new initiatives.
Engages in assessment of user behavior and needs related to digital
Provides technical expertise for development of the library web site and
contributes to the creation of content and development of tools to improve
the usability of the website.
Participates in ongoing digital repository work of the College and the
Advises on library policy issues raised by digital resources such as
copyright policy, intellectual freedom issues, fair use, e-privacy concerns
or censorship of Internet content.
Works closely with other technology support areas in the College to
identify and collaborate on complementary efforts to support and assist
faculty and students.
Participates in development of Tri-College technology projects and
Remains current with advances in information technology’s impact on
libraries and digital scholarship. Actively contributes to the profession.
Familiarity with academic and scholarly research practices.
Demonstrates initiative in developing projects.
One of the following: M.S., M.L.S., or M.A.
Demonstrated knowledge of emerging trends in digital scholarship.
Proficiency in an academic discipline.
Demonstrated experience in project management and facilitation of teamwork.
Demonstrated proficiency in Web-page development and in the use of
Web-authoring tools and experience in managing complex Web sites.
Demonstrated experience with digital asset management (DAM) systems
(i.e. CONTENTdm, EmbARK Collection Manager, DSpace, and/or alternative),
programming and other relevant skills.
Working knowledge of most common library metadata formats
Demonstrates knowledge of key issues related to information access and
Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in information storage, search
and retrieval and emerging technologies.
Knowledge of current and emerging technologies in digital and Web-based
At least 2 year’s experience in academic or library services.
Demonstrated experience in project management.
Strong analytical skills; strong understanding of research methods.
Experience with library technology, reference, instruction, and outreach
Background in, knowledge of, and a record of achievement with digital
scholarship and services.
Self-directed and collaborative. Goal-oriented.
Experience with system administration and web servers. Experience
developing and troubleshooting applications using scripting, programming and
Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Web-related markup languages,
features, and protocols including HTML, CSS, PHP etc.
Dual advanced degrees –M.A. and M.L.S.; M.L.S. and M.A., or Ph.D.
The Position and the College:
Located on a wooded suburban campus less than ten miles from the center of
Philadelphia, Haverford College is a highly selective liberal arts
institution of approximately 1,175 students and 120 faculty. The Quaker
foundation and traditions of the college encourage a respect for the
individual and an openness of exchange that make it attractive to
intellectually ambitious and socially conscious students. The library staff
of 25 offers a supportive environment for self-motivated, team-oriented,
creative, committed librarians seeking intellectual and professional growth
through involvement in the work of faculty and students. Local Haverford
library and information technology resources are substantially augmented by
consortial relations with Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges.
This position affords an excellent opportunity to pursue a career at an
outstanding college and in a collaborative, consortially-oriented work
environment. The college seeks candidates who take an expansive approach to
the work of libraries, to the possibilities afforded by information
technologies for achieving the college’s goals for student and faculty work,
and to the integration of their work with that of other units within the
library and among the Tri-College libraries.
Please tell us how you meet these qualifications in your letter of
application, and send the letter, your résumé, and the names of three
references to Laurie Allen, Magill Library, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster
Avenue, Haverford, Pennsylvania 19041-1392 ([log in to unmask]). Review of
applications will begin on September 19, 2011, and will continue until the
position is filled. Please direct questions to Laurie Allen
([log in to unmask]). Please visit the library’s website at