Reporting to the Head of Digital Library Initiatives, the Digital Projects Librarian oversees a portfolio of digital library projects, provides the project coordination and technical know-how needed to complete projects successfully, and works in close collaboration with other librarians and archivists, IT staff, external vendors, and other stakeholders. Takes an active role in grant-supported and multi-institution projects, such as PA Digital, the Pennsylvania hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Coordinates and optimizes ongoing workflows in the realm of digitization, metadata creation, digital object publication, and digital preservation. Explores and helps implement new software frameworks to support the creation, delivery, and preservation of digital objects. Supervises two staff members and oversees the work of one more staff member and several student workers. Maintains in-depth knowledge of national standards and best practices in the digital library field. The Librarian is also expected to participate in library-wide activities and committees, be active professionally, and meet the requirements for contract renewals, promotion, and regular appointment. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience:
ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Science and 2 years of relevant experience.
Required Skills and Abilities:
*Excellent project management skills including interpersonal and team leadership skills, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.
*Experience with digitization workflows for one or more media types (e.g., images, text, audio/video) and ability to optimize workflows for productivity.
*Experience with at least one digital object repository and/or delivery system (e.g., CONTENTdm , Hydra, Islandora, or Omeka), including setting up new collections and customizing instance-wide settings.
*Experience with metadata standards (such as Dublin Core, MODS, and OAI-PMH), development of metadata profiles and mappings, and bulk uploads.
*Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and software platforms, and train staff accordingly.
*Demonstrated supervisory abilities.
*Familiarity with copyright issues as they relate to the digitization and publication of materials from special collections and other areas of the library.
*Experience with born-digital materials and web archiving, and understanding of digital preservation best practices.
*Experience with metadata cleaning and repurposing, for instance using Open Refine, XML/XSLT or Python.
*Experience with the management of grant-funded and/or multi-partner projects. Experience with Agile-style project management.
*Experience teaching training sessions and webinars.
Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and. employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.
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