The Digital Services Technical Assistant supports the Clark Library’s digital services programs through a variety of duties, including scanning, uploading and describing digital materials and resources. To accomplish these duties, the position works closely with the Digital Services Librarian and consults with other staff of the Library and Artifacts & Archives department.
he University of Portland, Clark Library, with its collegial environment and commitment to excellent service, seeks qualified applicants for a full-time Digital Services Technical Assistant. The Digital Services Technical Assistant supports the Clark Library’s digital services programs through a variety of duties, including scanning, uploading and describing digital materials and resources. To accomplish these duties, the position works closely with the Digital Services Librarian and consults with other staff of the Library and Artifacts & Archives department.
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This is a full-time, 12-month, non-exempt (40 hours per week) position with benefits. Benefits include: medical & dental insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, sick & vacation time, tuition remission benefits starting after 90 days (employee) or 2 years (spouse and children) of employment, retirement contributions after 2 years of employment, and eligibility for the University’s home purchase assistance program consistent with program requirements. (Please note that eligibility for all University benefits is subject to applicable policies, practices, and requirements.)
The full job description is available at: http://www.bitly.com/dsta616.
In your cover letter, please make sure to respond to the required questions listed at the end of the “Requirements” section below.
This posting was listed on June 13, 2017, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Researches and documents publisher requirements or authorizations for submissions to Pilot Scholars. Uploads submissions to Pilot Scholars and submits descriptions of submissions in accordance with national and international standards,
Scans, edits, and imports photographs for inclusion in the Library’s ContentDM collection. Provides descriptions of digital objects in ContentDM using prescribed metadata standards and controlled vocabulary.
Supports the work of the Digital Services Librarian and other staff working on the digital services program.
Takes the lead with one to two student employees and assists other departmental student employees as needed.
Develops and maintains documentation and compiles monthly and yearly statistics related to digital services programs.
Performs other duties or special projects as relevant to the position or as assigned by supervisor or supervisor designee.
Education and Experience
Required: associate’s degree and relevant experience.
Preferred: 1+ years of experience working in a library digital services program, preferably in an academic setting.
Preferred: working knowledge of standard library systems and procedures as they apply to the position including: digital assets management systems for scholarly and cultural heritage resources (preferably ContentDM and Digital Commons); working knowledge of general metadata principles and standards as they apply to a digital environment such as Dublin Core, EAD, DCRM, RDA, MARC21, LCSH, and LC Classification; and knowledge of copyright as it relates to depositing resources in an institutional repository and developing and sharing cultural heritage collections.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Strong organizational ability and detail orientation.
Ability to consistently handle and follow through with multiple projects and assignments and meet deadlines. Capacity to be flexible and move from project to project
Strong orientation towards taking ownership of projects and assignments and being proactive with projects, assignments, and process improvements.
Effective analytical, problem solving, and critical thinking abilities.
Ability to conduct research and present data in a clear and persuasive manner.
Strong ability to work collaboratively, accomplish organizational goals, communicate clearly, manage conflict, and act proactively.
Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
Strong orientation towards continued learning and applying learning in the work setting.
Ability to work independently and in team settings. Ability to receive supervisory direction.
Ability to exercise sound judgment.
Possess effective interpersonal and customer service skills.
Ability to establish effective working relationships, professional rapport, and effectively accomplish work within a University setting that includes a wide array of individuals, groups, policies, and processes.
Demonstrated competence with different/diverse cultures and ability to be an effective partner with diverse students, faculty, and staff.
Strong interest in and knowledge of computer applications including Microsoft applications, Adobe Creative Suite, and Photoshop.
Ability to quickly learn and use new technologies and applications in depth at level required for the position. Ability to experiment with and adapt to new technologies.
Frequently: sit, perform desk-based computer tasks; use fine manipulation and grasp; use a telephone; write by hand; sort and file paperwork.
As needed: stand and walk; twist; bend, lift, and carry objects up to 30 pounds; move from floor to floor; push and pull fully loaded book carts (carts may be up to several hundred pounds when loaded with books and related materials).
As needed: ability to attend events and activities on or off campus.
As needed: ability to interact and communicate with members of the University and others as necessary.
Hours of employment: sometimes may require working flexible and/or longer hours when required by projects.
Work-related stress: sometimes there may be stress from work-related situations such as those involving challenging, important, urgent, time-sensitive, or multiple matters.
Working environment: library setting with books (including book-related dust particles) and other library materials.
Please see full job description (link above) for information about work standards and statement about reasonable accommodations.
Required Questions (please answer in your cover letter)
1. What is your motivation in applying for this position and working at the University of Portland?
2. Please describe and provide examples of your strongest work-related skills? Also, what are work-related skill areas you would like to improve and why?
3. Do you meet any of the preferred requirements set out in the Education and Experience section? If yes, please explain.
4. The University of Portland community prides itself on being inclusive and supportive of members from diverse backgrounds. Please describe how you would contribute to this effort using your background, education, or experience.
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