DIGITAL INITIATIVES LIBRARIAN
Western Carolina University
The Digital Initiatives Librarian provides expertise in creating and managing
library digital collections, such as digital special collections, electronic
theses and dissertations, and other born-digital or retrospectively digitized
materials. The Digital Initiatives Librarian participates in the planning,
implementation, maintenance, expansion, communication and promotion of digital
library and institutional repository services, collections and content. The
Digital Initiatives Librarian will serve as a member of the Digital, Access,
and Technology Services Department's leadership team and, in coordination with
the department head, will be responsible for developing a strategy for the
current and future library's digital initiatives. He/she works closely with
the other units of the library to determine how digital assets should be
leveraged for both scholarly and popular audiences.
Reporting to the head of digital, access, and technology services, this is a
12-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated initial appointment at the
rank of assistant professor. Salary is commensurate with qualifications, with
a minimum salary of $50,000. Responsibilities include:
• Manages the daily operation of the Digital Initiatives unit, consisting of
1.5 FTE technical processing staff and student assistants.
• In collaboration with the DATS department head, the head of special
collections, and other library faculty and staff, identifies potential
collections for digitization and seeks out potential grant sources to
facilitate funding of projects.
• Collaborates with the library's systems unit in the management of CONTENTdm,
the library's hosted digital collections platform.
• Participates in the development of NC-DOCKS, the university's shared
institutional repository, including collection development strategy, policy
development, outreach, technical workflows, digital conversion, and management
and archiving of research datasets.
• Works closely with the metadata librarian and cataloging unit staff to
establish consistent descriptive metadata for digitized collections.
• Collaborates with the library's Web developer to develop and maintain
digital collections Websites. Serves as a member of the library's Web Steering
and Digital Collections Steering Committees.
• Keeps current with trends in digital library technologies, digital curation
practices, preservation formats and standards, and scholarly communication.
• Demonstrates and facilitates effective communication throughout the Library
and across the University with the various colleges, departments, and
Western Carolina University (WCU) is one of the 17 senior institutions of the
University of North Carolina (UNC) system. It is a dynamic,
regional comprehensive university with more than 10,000 students and is
dedicated to continuous enhancement of its academic programs and integrating
engaged learning with service to the region. WCU focuses on academic quality
through its Quality Enhancement Plan and through its commitment to integrated
learning and the scholarship of engagement. The university has implemented the
Ernest Boyer model of scholarship and is committed to its stewardship of place
role in serving western North Carolina. Located in
Cullowhee, NC, WCU is situated in a beautiful valley nestled between the Great
Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, 52 miles west of Asheville and near the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the nation's most spectacular and most
visited national parks. While in a small town setting, the university is only
three hours from the vibrant urban centers of Atlanta and Charlotte.
Hunter Library has a long, respected record of providing excellent service to
the university and region. The library is dedicated to the thoughtful
integration of print and digital resources and to supporting and developing
the general, information, digital, graphic, and visual literacy of students
and the teaching and research needs of faculty and staff. The library has 20
tenure- track faculty members, 29 staff members, and an annual budget of over
$4 million. The library offers approximately 2.6 million
items of intellectual content, including print and electronic titles and
volumes, and provides access to more than 45,000 journals through print
subscriptions and electronic databases. The library is an active partner in
the Western North Carolina Library Network, NC DOCKS, and the Carolina
Masters degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited
program. Must have a demonstrated understanding of the application of
technology as it relates to scholarship and teaching; two years of direct
experience with digital initiatives (digitization projects, digital content
management systems and/or Web-based delivery of digital objects); experience
with archives and archival practices; experience with digital image and text
creation (scanning); experience with digital asset management platforms or
extensible services such as DSpace, DigiTool, CONTENTdm, etc.; experience with
digital image file formats, conversion and software such as Adobe CS;
knowledge of audio and visual applications in the virtual environment.
Supervisory experience; experience with grant writing and applications,
knowledge of copyright and licensing issues affecting digitization efforts;
experience with digital project management; experience with scholarly
communication initiatives in the digital humanities or related areas;
experience with Open Source journal publishing platforms such as OJS;
experience with Web programming languages such as Perl or Java; experience in
using metadata standards such as Dublin Core, EAD, or
To apply, access our online employment system at:
You will be required to attach a letter of application, resume and names and
telephone numbers of three references. For more information, contact Margaret
Watson at 828-227-2325 or [log in to unmask]
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the
position is filled.
WCU is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer committed to
increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students and to
strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution
(http://www.wcu.edu/28762.asp). Final candidates for employment will be
subject to criminal background checks. Proper documentation of identity and
employability are required at the time of employment. All new employees are
required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Degrees
must have been awarded by a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
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