Digital and Special Collections Specialist
James Madison University
James Madison University (JMU) Libraries & Educational Technologies (L&ET)
seeks a dynamic, creative and service-oriented colleague to provide support to
the Special Collections and Digital Collections Departments in enhancing
access to archival, digitized and born-digital materials. The Digital and
Special Collections Specialist will work in the Carrier Library an average of
29 hours per week over the course of a calendar year, between the hours of
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. This is a part-time wage position
with no benefits.
In the Special Collections unit, the successful candidate will assist in the
accessioning, processing and description of archival collections for public
access. This position will create blog posts and contribute to other social
media platforms related to their work and research. This position will also
assist in the review and testing of archival management systems.
In the Digital Collections unit, the successful candidate will assist in
providing access to digital collections including digitization, editing and
metadata creation. The position will provide support for born-digital content
within JMU Scholarly Commons including reviewing content for copyright status
and permissions. Additionally, this position will provide instruction on the
JMU Scholarly Commons repository services, with an emphasis on SelectedWorks.
This position will report to both the Digital Collections Librarian and the
Special Collections Librarian.
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.
We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff,
constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational
components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The
university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications
support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.
Duties and Responsibilities: Entering and maintaining data
related to incoming collections in various formats; organizing and rehousing
physical collections; describing the archival material for online access
through databases and collection guides; supporting the transition to new
access technology and software through research and testing; digitizing rare
and fragile materials in a variety of formats; describing digital objects
according to established standards; perform quality control review of
digitized materials; provide training on JMU Scholarly Commons and other
repository services to faculty and staff and other duties as assigned.
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
* Experience handling rare and fragile materials; experience processing physical archival collections; knowledge of digitization practices and standards for paper-based and photographic materials, including file formats for preservation and display and experience providing reference services, preferably in an archives or special collections setting.
* Experience with or significant knowledge of DACS, Dublin Core and EAD and experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat Pro and Adobe Photoshop.
* Experience with social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. and ability to synthesize large amounts of information into concise posts for social media.
* Ability to work independently as well as within a team environment; excellent verbal and written skills and demonstrated research skills.
* Ability to lift 40 pounds.
* Ability to work in an environment which may include dust and mold allergens.
* Master of Library Science degree or equivalent.
* Knowledge of current cataloging practice; experience with or knowledge of archival management systems; experience with scanning equipment, including proprietary software and knowledge of current issues in online access to scholarly content including copyright and permissions.
* Experience giving public presentations and/or instructing small or large groups.
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