Digital Preservation Librarian, Assistant or Associate Librarian, Indiana University Bloomington Libraries

Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington has grown from a small state seminary into the flagship campus of a great public university with over 42,000 students and almost 3,000 faculty. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington and its world-class contributions in research and the arts. The campus covers over 1,800 wooded acres and is distinctive for both its park-like beauty and an architectural heritage inspired by local craftsmanship in limestone.

The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries are among the leading academic research library systems in North America, having recently been named the top university library by the Association of College and Research Libraries. The IUB Libraries provide strong collections, quality service and instructional programs, and leadership in the application of information technologies. The collections support every academic discipline on campus and include more than 6.6 million books, journals, maps, films, and audio/visual materials in over 900 languages. Users can access more than 400 databases, 43,000 electronic journals, and 224,000 electronic books, as well as locally developed digital content. Of particular note are the 8-million volume high-density Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF) for preservation and access to the libraries’ collections and archives, and the Lilly Library, the rare books, manuscripts, and special collections library of the Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington.

The IUB Libraries are active members of regional and national associations and consortia including the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the Hydra community, and is a founding member of HathiTrust, a shared digital repository. IU is the principal investigator for Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) and is working with academic library partners to develop a next generation open source library management system.

The Indiana University Libraries seek a dynamic, innovative, and collegial individual to serve in the position of Digital Preservation Librarian. The Digital Preservation Librarian will lead the development and implementation of preservation strategies and policies for digital collections for the IU Libraries, including both digitized and born-digital materials. The position reports to the Assistant Dean for Library Technologies for work-related issues with a dotted line relationship to the Associate Dean for Collection Development and Scholarly Communication for matters relating to promotion and tenure.

Responsibilities

Working closely with librarians and staff in Library Technologies, Preservation, University Archives, Digital Collections Services, and Scholarly Communication, as well as with University Information Technology Services-Research Technologies and other library, campus, and university units, the Digital Preservation Librarian will:

  • Play a lead role in establishing a cohesive digital preservation program at IU including development of an effective and achievable strategy to ensure long-term viability of university digital assets regardless of format
  • Assist in the ongoing development of requirements and specifications for digital materials that the library acquires
  • Advise both library staff and external content creators on digital content lifecycle issues and strategies for digital content preservation
  • Participate in the development of services to support curation and preservation of research data
  • Participate in the development of digital preservation strategies for time-based media as part of IU’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative
  • Develop preservation policies for IU’s digital repository environments, including Fedora, DSpace, and Hydra.
  • Serve as liaison to the Indiana University (IU) community for digital preservation projects and initiatives related to digital collections and data
  • Contribute to the IU Libraries’ participation in consortial efforts such as Digital Preservation Network (DPN) and Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust)
  • Represent the university in matters concerning digital preservation at the local, national and international level

Qualifications

Required:

  • ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science; candidates with an advanced degree in a relevant subject area and appropriate experience in an academic setting will also be considered
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation issues, strategies, standards, and best practices
  • Knowledge or awareness of digital preservation and trustworthy digital repository standards such as OAIS, TRAC, Data Seal of Approval, and ISO 16363
  • Familiarity with national and international collaborative digital preservation efforts
  • Experience with digital repository technologies such as Hydra, Fedora, DSpace, and LOCKSS
  • Experience with metadata standards such as MARC, EAD, Dublin Core, MODS, METS, PREMIS, PBCore, EBUCore, and/or AES57
  • An understanding of digital objects in various formats (text, image, audio and/or video) and best practices and standards associated with each format
  • Knowledge or awareness of tools and technology standards typically used in digital library environments
  • Experience with multiple computer platforms including Linux, Windows, and/or MacOS X
  • Good organization skills and an aptitude for analytical and detailed work
  • Ability to work independently as well as collegially in a complex, rapidly changing and professionally diverse environment
  • Creative, energetic, and collaborative work style
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position at the IU Libraries

Preferred:

  • Professional work experience in the field of digital preservation, digital libraries, or digital repositories
  • Hands-on experience in use of a digital preservation systems in an enterprise-scale environment
  • Experience with markup languages such as HTML and XML; style sheets such as CSS and XSL; and other XML-related technologies
  • Familiarity with large-scale storage systems such as HPSS and GPFS
  • Knowledge of and experience with traditional and agile project management methodologies
  • Success in acquiring and developing grant funded projects

Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education; benefits include a university healthcare plan, university-funded base retirement plan, a 100% university paid group life insurance plan, and a generous paid time off plan. This is a tenure-track academic appointment that includes eligibility for sabbatical leaves once achieving tenure. For a full list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources:

 To Apply

Review of applications will begin Friday, January 9, 2015. The position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at: https://indiana.peopleadmin.com. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Jennifer Chaffin, Director of Human Resources, Libraries Human Resources, Herman B Wells Library 201, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 – Phone: 812-855-8196 – Fax: 812-855-2576 – Email: libpers@indiana.edu.

For more information about Indiana University Bloomington go to http://www.iub.edu.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.