James Madison University (JMU) Libraries & Educational Technologies (L&ET)
seeks a dynamic, creative, and service-oriented colleague to provide
leadership, vision and oversight of JMU Libraries' digital collections.
Reporting to the Director of Collections, the Digital Collections Librarian
will work closely with colleagues across L&ET to ensure that JMU Libraries'
digital collections are fully integrated into the Libraries' collections and
services. This position will serve as a member of a team of librarians and
staff committed to effectively managing, accessing and preserving the
Libraries' expanding digital collections, including serving as point person
for outreach to faculty, staff and students in the implementation of a digital
James Madison University is a public, comprehensive university of
approximately 20,000 students located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley, two
hours southwest of Washington, D.C. The university has been ranked by U.S.
News and World Report as the top-rated public regional master's level
university for seventeen consecutive years and is consistently named one of
the nation's most wired universities. The Princeton Review Best Value Colleges
has named the university one of the nation's 50 best value institutions for
the past three years. The university places a strong emphasis on undergraduate
research and offers 34 master's and 8 doctoral degrees.
The JMU Libraries are part of the Libraries and Educational Technologies
division, which has the mission of enriching our communities by building
learning and information environments where people connect with ideas and with
each other to discover, create, and share knowledge.
Duties and Responsibilities: The Digital Collections Librarian manages JMU
Libraries' locally created digital materials, taking a lead role in the
creation, maintenance and stewardship of digital collections, including the
digitization of special collections. This position provides strategies for
effective management and preservation of library digital assets, informs
conversations on scholarly communications and advises students and faculty on
best practices for preserving scholarship and digital projects. The Digital
Collections Librarian also collaborates with other units in L&ET to plan and
implement systems related to digital collections, including repositories and
digital asset management systems.
The successful candidate will establish priorities, manage projects, create
workflows and identify digital collection development opportunities as
informed by emerging trends and best practices in digital collection creation
and management. Working within JMU Libraries' distributed digital collections
environment, this position facilitates communication and workflows between
staff across L&ET units working on digital projects and ensures internal and
external stakeholders remain informed and engaged. This position is also
responsible for investigating, planning and managing format conversions and
migrations; promoting digital collections; seeking grant funding for digital
initiatives and for modeling innovative and flexible solutions that meet the
needs of JMU's communities of scholars and researchers. Responsible for a unit
of 1 full-time employee and student assistants.
This position also organizes training and/or outreach to ensure that staff
acquire and maintain requisite skills and expertise, including training on
appropriate systems. The Digital Collections Librarian will work closely with
colleagues in Scholarly Content Systems, Special Collections, Metadata and
Cataloging and other areas to coordinate digital collections projects and to
ensure that the needs of each collection are successfully supported from
digitization or acquisition to discovery. L&ET boasts an established and well-
regarded liaison program. This position will work closely with liaison
librarians to foster use of digital collections within academic departments
and engage departmental faculty and staff with digital collection support
needs and educational opportunities. The position will be responsible for
promoting digital collections to the university community.
As part of the library faculty, the Digital Collections Librarian also
participates in library-wide activities, serves on L&ET and university
committees and represents the library and the university in a variety of
groups and forums.
Qualifications: ALA-accredited MLS or MIS and demonstrated commitment to
ongoing professional development. Experience managing digital projects.
Knowledge of emerging technology trends related to digital collections.
Familiarity with digital preservation practices. Able to be flexible in an
environment of rapid change. Familiarity with digital collections development
software. Understanding of the variety of metadata standards used in digital
collections (e.g., EAD, MODS, METS, VRA Core, Dublin Core); familiarity with
digital conversion technologies, digital object standards and workflows;
ability to collaborate with technical staff that are doing scripting,
programming and systems administration. Demonstrated ability to work
effectively, cooperatively and collaboratively with a variety of individuals
and groups across an organization to accomplish initiatives; demonstrated
ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and implement projects; excellent
written and oral communication skills, especially for the purpose of
describing technical issues, standards and procedures and comfort working in a
distributed digital collections environment.
Preferred: 2 or more years' experience with digital collections. Experience
with XML. Knowledge of one or more scripting and/or programming languages,
XSLT, HTML, XHTML, CSS and ADA guidelines. Familiarity with best practices
relating to audio visual materials. Supervisory experience. Experience working
with faculty and/or on an inter-institutional collaboration. Previous
experience providing grant support and/or grant writing. Previous experience
with digital repository systems.
JMU invites candidates from diverse backgrounds who will contribute
affirmatively and creatively to the university's multicultural environment.
Our goal is for our employees to reflect the rich mix of backgrounds, life
experiences, cultures, perspectives and world views that is found within our
Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits including 20 days
of vacation and a choice of TIAA/CREF or other retirement plans. Review of
applications will begin on May 25, 2013 and continue until the position is
filled. Candidates must apply online using JMU's JobLink system. Links to
JobLink and full position descriptions can be found on the JMU Libraries
employment information page at http:/www.lib.jmu.edu/employment.
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