*Digital Collections Librarian
James Madison University
Libraries & Educational Technologies*
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. 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 repository system.
*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, reports to the Director of Collections.
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 university community.
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.
Links to JobLink and the full position description can be found on the JMU
Libraries employment information page at: http://www.lib.jmu.edu/employment/