The University of Chicago Library invites applicants for
the Digital Collections Librarian.
Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Digital Services, the
Digital Collections Librarian leads the Library's collection-building
activities for locally-created digital materials. Establishes priorities,
manages projects, coordinates cross-departmental workflows, participates in
identifying digital collection development opportunities, and ensures that our
locally-digitized collections are integrated into the overall collections and
services. Working with the Library's decentralized digital production
environment, the Librarian facilitates communication between staff across the
Library working on digital projects and ensures stakeholders remain informed
and engaged. Represents activities and needs in the Library's strategic
planning and ensures that issues are reflected in broader organizational
policies and procedures. Responsible for understanding emerging trends in
digital collection creation and management and for modeling innovative
solutions that meet the needs of users in an academic research environment.
Represents the Library at professional conferences and meetings, and maintains
professional networks and collaborative relationships with other libraries.
About the Digital Services Division:
The Digital Services Division provides leadership and services in support of
emerging e-research activities across the University of Chicago campus and is
responsible for the creation and ongoing maintenance of the Library's
repository of digital collections, research data, and archival material.
The Division works with faculty and colleagues from other institutions on
collaborative projects such as the faculty-driven Speculum Romanae
Magnificentiae digital collection of Renaissance printed images or the Chicago
Collections Consortium that is building a portal to collections about Chicago
from area museums, libraries, and cultural institutions.
Required: A graduate library degree from an accredited library school,
commitment to ongoing professional development, minimum of 3 years experience
working with digital collections in a library. Familiarity with digital
library development software. Knowledge of metadata standards used in digital
collections building (e.g., MODS, METS, VRA Core, Dublin Core, etc.);
familiarity with digital conversion technologies, standards, and workflows;
knowledge of HTML, CSS, and ADA guidelines and ability to work with technical
staff who are doing scripting, programming, and systems administration.
Ability to work on a Unix/Linux platform. Demonstrated ability to work
effectively, cooperatively, and collaboratively with a variety of individuals
and groups to build consensus and accomplish initiatives within a variety of
deadlines; demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and implement
projects; experience working effectively with staff across the organization to
achieve multiple strategic objectives; excellent conceptual, analytic, and
organizational skills; excellent written and oral communication skills;
comfort working in a decentralized production environment.
Preferred: Previous experience with usability studies and assessment
activities. Experience in an academic research library. Experience working
with faculty or on an inter-institutional collaboration. Knowledge of one or
more scripting and/or programming languages, XML, or XSLT. Previous experience
providing grant support and/or grant writing.
Apply here: [https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind
Please submit all application materials by January 7,
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity
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