Digital Manuscripts Program Manager
Stanford University Libraries (SUL) has an ongoing program to become one of
the leading digital libraries in the world. Digital Library
Systems and Services (DLSS) support that mission by developing cutting edge,
state of the art information systems and services that enable new types of
scholarship and research through digitization, management, long-term
preservation and access to digital content. The incumbent fills a high
profile, high-impact role in enabling and ensuring that Stanford University
develops and maintains a leadership role in next generation scholarship.
As the Digital Manuscripts Program Manager, the incumbent defines, leads and
coordinates the development and delivery of techncial solutions that support
SUL's collection development and research services in support of manuscript-
related studies, including fostering acquisition of new medieval resources and
S/he also coordinates Stanford's internationally recognized digital manuscript
interoperability & research efforts, coordinates cross-institutional
development efforts, including those focused on evolving tools and standards
such as IIIF and Shared Canvas, and fosters new resource and grant
opportunities. This includes collaborative grant
development, proposal writing, project management and grant reporting for one
to three major, related inititiaves at a time. The Digital Manuscripts Program
Manager will also be responsible for representing interoperable methods of
cutting edge scholarship to faculty, researchers and technologists within the
digital library and digital humanities arenas, across the world and will also
drive opportunitites for transferring Digital Manuscript program technologies
to other humanities domains/efforts
As part of these duties, the incumbent serves as the Product Manager for the
"Parker on the Web" Service, driving the product roadmap, working with various
constituents to define marketing and service plans, defining and managing
customer support requests, and ensuring that the Parker service leverages new
and existing digital manuscript technologies as well as preservation
management, access and discovery infrastructure services developed by DLSS.
This position also fills a role as a Product & Services Manager in DLSS and is
responsible for organizing, managing and ensuring the development and
operation of services that support DLSS's mission to enable new types of
scholarship and research through digitization, management, long-term
preservation and access to digital
content. In particular, this role serves
as the DLSS Accessioning Service Manager and is responsible for defining the
programmatic technologies, processes, and user documentation and tools
necessary to support content accessioning into SDR by non-DLSS staff,
including both SUL staff and third party depositors.
In both of these roles (managing the digital manuscripts program and managing
the accessioning function the incumbent requires expertise in digital
preservation and information systems analysis. Primary
activities for both functions include in-depth analysis of business
requirements, the ability to contribute to, and sometimes drive the definition
interoperable standards, the ability to define functional specification of
system and workflow components, the ability to lead quality assurance and
acceptance testing of implemented systems, and the ability to define and
develop system and policy documentation as well as lead user outreach and
Technical management of complex and ground-breaking systems and solutions is a
key component of both roles and is key to the incumbent's ability to drive
strategy and work definition, task and schedule tracking, and service delivery
for services that support both Stanford University as well as other
institutions. In both roles the
incumbent must demonstrate the ability to work with a broad range of
constituent groups with varying levels of technical expertise, from software
engineers, information systems architects, through librarians, as well as the
international community of medieval scholars.
This role reports to the Manager of the Product and Service Managers team in
DLSS; in cases where digital manuscript content is being acquired, s/he will
work under the guidance of the head of Special Collections.
30% Digital Manuscript Program Management. Incumbent has duties related to
programmatic success of Stanford University's Digital Manuscript
program. Responsible for oversight, and
key contributor to the definition of, the development and delivery of SUL
digital manuscript programs, including Stanford-based digital manuscript
interoperability and research efforts and for-fee cross-institutional services
such as Parker on the Web. Responsible for driving the
success of these efforts as well as the development of SUL programs and
holdings in digital medieval manuscripts, including fostering acquisition of
new medieval resources and grant opportunities.
Responsibilities include oversight & management of contractor resources,
including management and review of task assignments.
20% Technical Analysis in support of Digital Manuscript
Technologies. Responsibilities include technical analysis
and market research necessary to develop requirements definition &
specifications for solutions that meet functionality requirements of the
scholarly community for access to and use of digital medieval manuscripts in
research and teaching. Responsible for articulating requirements to cross-
institutional project teams, developing and specifying user interfaces, as
well as conducting metadata analysis and transformations.
The incumbent will serve as the lead technical analyst in specifying
technologies to be built and implemented, including creating interoperable
metadata schemas for describing diverse digital medieval
10% Grant Development and Administration. In consultation
with key stakeholders, incumbent leads development of grant proposals,
creating the majority of the grant proposal content. For
successful grants, incumbent is responsible for overall tracking and reporting
of grant proposal compliance, including operational decisions regarding grant
funds expenditure and tracking of funds expenditure against budget.
40% General DLSS Product & Service Management. Participate in the definition
and assessment of evolving technologies and processes that support DLSS
efforts to delivery digital library projects and
initiatives. In particular, responsbile for oversight of
accessioning processes and policies that ensure smooth and efficient
coordination of DLSS engineering, project management and digitization labs and
for ensuring consistent and transparent communication within DLSS and with
DLSS constituents. Duties include overall prioritization,
management of accessioning queues across various intake sources, including
DLSS digitization labs, 3rd party content providers, definition &
specification of solutions in support of accessioning, coordinating
consistency and repeatability of processes.
• An advanced degree, preferably a PhD in a relevant subfield of medieval or
early modern studies, with significant experience and background (formal or
informal) in descriptive metadata encoding of digital manuscripts.
• 5-7 years related work experience
• In-depth knowledge of both the content and technical architecture of current
major digital medieval manuscript projects, including Parker Library on the
Web, Roman de la Rose, and e-codices.
• Expertise in XML, and its related transformation and query languages, such
as DTD, XSLT, and XForms,
• Demonstrated experience with the following library descriptive
schemas: Encoded Archival Description (EAD), Metadata
Object Description Schema (MODS), Textual Encoding Initiative (TEI).
• Familiarity and experience with prevailing digital library management and
discovery environments, such as Fedora, Blacklight, Archivists' Toolkit, and
• Experience building websites, with specific expertise using the Drupal
content management system.
•Prior and ongoing experience working on digital projects as well as active
participation in some area of academic medieval studies.
•The ability to blend domain expertise in medieval manuscript studies with
technical expertise in prevailing standards and best practices in the
development of digital manuscript tools and repositories.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated
ability to develop and deliver compelling presentations and marketing
materials to a broad spectrum of audiences such as academic conferenes,
techincal audiences, and institutional leadership of potential technology
• Demonstrated technical project organizational and management skills in
complex environments including the ability to create requirements documents
and implement project plans and schedules, develop system design documents,
and analyze/select software to meet library business
requirements. Proven ability to meet deadlines.
• Proven ability to define and implement service processes in support of
evolving technologies and services.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and successfully in a fast-
paced, technology-heavy team-based environment where processes and
technologies are in the process of being developed.
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