Colleagues, I wanted to bring our Director of Digital Collections posting to
your attention. Please feel free to forward this posting as you see fit. You
are also welcome to get in touch with me if you have any questions. Many
thanks,  ...Eric

Eric Celeste / 612-624-4126 / [log in to unmask] /
Associate University Librarian for Information Technology
University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) Libraries

University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) - University Libraries
Digital Collections

The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks a Director of Digital
Collections eager to provide innovative and expert leadership. We seek a
librarian who knows best practices in digital content management, is an
excellent communicator, and is skilled at collaboration and building

CONTEXT: The Digital Collections unit (DCU) fosters the creation of and
access to research and scholarly material in digital form from across the
University of Minnesota, both born digital objects and physical objects
captured in digital form. The DCU supports in-house and externally
contracted digitization services (including fee-based services), providing
the best quality and most sustainable digital objects or surrogates possible
at a reasonable cost. The DCU, in collaboration with subject specialists and
archivists, provides expertise and services to departments, labs, and
centers of the University, supporting the creation, collection, archiving,
and dissemination of digital content. To ensure high quality access to the
digital objects, the DCU develops comprehensive metadata standards for
digital assets and shares these with the campus through documentation,
training, and collaborative project planning. The DCU monitors and
participates in national and international initiatives to ensure that local
practice is compatible with emerging standards in the larger digital
collections community.

Digital Collections is a unit within the Information Technology (IT)
division of the University Libraries. The IT division includes a digital
development lab which provides programming and architectural support for
digital library initiatives, a team which manages the enterprise systems of
the Libraries, and a group responsible for our desktop and server
infrastructure and basic technology skills development.

As a member of the Digital Library Federation, a recipient of IMLS funds,
and a strong participant in the Minnesota Digital Library Coalition, the
University of Minnesota Libraries builds tools and collections that serve as
statewide, national, and international models and interact effectively with
other digital collections of interest to the University community.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Director of the Digital Collections will report to
the Associate University Librarian for Information Technology. The Director
also sits on the Information Technology Council and the Collections Council
of the University Libraries.

Planning and Development. The Director manages the budget of the DCU,
develops projects for the unit, and seeks external funding sources to
continue the innovative work of the unit; works with the other IT managers
to integrate DCU efforts with the digital library architecture of the
University; and works closely with the Digital Library Development Lab to
develop appropriate systems and tools for collection access, management, and

Campus Partnership & Services. The Director works closely with departments,
labs, and centers across the University identifying, transforming, storing,
and sharing digital works; identifies assets in need of DCU services,
develops relationships with those responsible for managing such assets,
shares expertise in archiving and metadata with the campus, and builds
strong working relationships; and seeks opportunities for statewide,
national, and international partnerships.

Collaboration. The Director collaborates with other library units to ensure
that the full range of library expertise and resources are applied to
building and managing digital collections.

Research & Sharing. The Director participates in larger digital library
community by actively exploring questions related to digital repositories,
and works to share that knowledge through regular presentations,

Operations Management. The Director supervises a staff of two, hiring other
student assistant staff as the need arises. The staff is skilled in
digitizing objects and managing the business of the DCU including orders and
invoicing. The Director takes part in workflow design and development along
with other DCU staff. The actual shape of this role will depend on the
incumbent's skills and DCU's needs, and may take the form of programming,
collection processing, system design, or related roles.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required: An ALA-accredited masters degree in Library or
Information Science, or the equivalent combination of advanced degree and
relevant experience; at least three years of growing responsibility and
accomplishment in digitization or digital repository development;
demonstrated understanding of emerging standards in digital library systems
and their application to digital repositories in academic settings;
demonstrated involvement in the profession; familiarity with best practices
for digitization, for metadata development and capture, and for archival
storage of digital objects; ability to work in a complex organization, build
and nurture a cross functional team, and collaborate with wide variety of
partners; ability to liaison well with faculty; excellent written and verbal
communication skills; evidence of planning and project management skill.
Preferred: Knowledge of and success with external funding sources;
experience partnering with diverse coalitions, experience in academic and/or
research library environments; experience with the creation and capture of a
wide variety of digital formats; experience with design and development of
digital library architecture and tools; financial management experience.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: The University Libraries offer a competitive salary
commensurate with skills and experience. Excellent benefits.  This is a
full-time, 12-month, continuous appointment track, academic professional
position with initial appointment at the assistant or associate librarian
rank.  Rank will depend on qualifications and experience consistent with
collegiate and university policy.

TO APPLY:  Position is available immediately.  Send letter of application,
resume, and names and contact information of three current professional
references to: Libraries Human Resources, 499 Wilson Library, University of
Minnesota, 309 19th Ave. So.,  Minneapolis, MN 55455. Please identify the
application with UL171.

The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.