Omaha, NE: Asst Professor/Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Nebraska at Omaha
The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) seeks an enthusiastic individual for
the position of Assistant Professor / Digital Initiatives Librarian.
Reporting to the Director of Archives & Special Collections, the Digital
Initiatives Librarian has the primary responsibility for leading the
development and activities of the university's digital collections, including
planning for and administering tools, creating metadata, developing and
conducting outreach initiatives, and assessing the effectiveness of
initiatives and services. This position serves as the library's leading
resource on copyright, fair use, and open access issues. Leads the development
of digital initiatives by providing a full range of collection management,
metadata, and sustainability services and best practices. Supervises in-house
and outsourced digitization. Contributes to and supports the digital and
online presence of the library through the investigation, implementation, and
enhancement of tools that assist with research, creativity, scholarship, and
engagement. Fulfills requirements of faculty status in the areas of
librarianship, scholarly activities, and service.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America's best cities to live, work and learn, UNO is
Nebraska's premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students
enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its
online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community
engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all
backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of
excellence both in the classroom and in the community.
UNO has a strong commitment to achieving diversity. We encourage applications
from under-represented groups, women and persons of color.
Responsibilities and Duties
Leads the implementation, management, and assessment of discovery and
repository tools for digital collections.
Leads digitization production and collaborates with colleagues to set
Coordinates development of metadata to support the discovery and management of
digital content, such as digital scholarship, digitized collections, born-
digital archives, and research data.
Serves as a resource for students and faculty with respect to data
Evaluates feasibility of proposed projects and initiatives within the local
environment; ensures that work plans with milestones and assessment plans are
developed as part of any new initiatives.
Monitors developments in scholarly communication, open access, and related
initiatives and communicates their implications to library and university
Advises on library policy issues raised by digital resources such as copyright
policy, intellectual freedom issues, fair use, and related matters.
Coordinates workshops and training in support of the institutional repository
and scholarly communication topics. Leads instruction of workshops and
colloquia for digital scholarship tools and methods for faculty, students, and
Actively cultivates communication with stakeholders and content providers.
Acts as liaison to university and community partners as well as vendors when
Conducts and contributes to departmental outreach when needed, such as
presentations, exhibits, and publications.
Provides exceptional service in responding to research and reference inquiries
Supervision and Coordination:
Supervises the institutional repository coordinator.
Recruits, trains, and supervises student assistants.
Leads and directs work of other library personnel and student assistants when
Other Job Responsibilities:
Develops and maintains current knowledge of advances in digital scholarship,
information technology's impact on libraries and archives, and other areas
related to this position. Applies knowledge to continuously improving and
advancing digital archives and digital project skills.
Participates in department, library, and university planning.
Develops and documents processes and procedures; periodically reviews and
revises processes and procedures as needed.
Accepts and implements other duties as assigned.
Serves on library and/or university committees.
Participates in cross-departmental projects within the library.
Participates in professional activities, professional development, and
scholarly research and publication activities as outlined in the "Guidelines
on Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Recommendations for
Faculty Members of the University Library".
Position will remain open until filled. Review of applications begins April
For additional information and to apply for this position, visit:
include cover letter, CV and references.
ALA accredited MLS degree or Master's degree in Digital Humanities, History,
Archives, or equivalent. Two years of related experience in an academic or
research library. Minimum one year experience in digital conversion, file
transfer, and file management. Minimum one year experience working with
digital initiatives in a library environment. Minimum one year experience with
metadata for digital objects. Knowledge of current metadata standards, such as
Dublin Core, MODS, METS, and other emerging data standards. Demonstrated
experiences with platforms used to host one or more of the following: digital
collections or digital exhibits (e.g., Omeka, ContentDM), institutional
repositories (e.g., Digital Commons), and/or digital publishing (e.g.,
Wordpress, Drupal). Background in and knowledge of digital scholarship,
collections, and services. Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly publishing
issues including copyright, open access, and authors' rights. Demonstrated
ability to plan, coordinate, organize and complete multiple projects. Ability
to establish and maintain successful working relationships. Must be flexible
and capable of working successfully individually as well as in teams in a
changing library environment.
Experience in preparing and delivering instruction. Previous supervisory
experience. Second earned graduate degree.
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