Digital Projects and Services Librarian, Temple University


Looking for a dynamic work environment and professional growth opportunities? Come join the Digital Library Initiatives team at Temple.  We seek an enthusiastic service-oriented Digital Projects and Services Librarian to be involved in a range of collaborative projects that includes developing digital repositories for special collections and scholarly materials, supporting e-journal and dataset publishing, and actively participating in the development of the Pennsylvania DPLA hub. Temple University is a vibrant, urban research university with over 1,700 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Head of Digital Library Initiatives, the Digital Projects and Services Librarian coordinates the implementation of various digital library projects and services, working collaboratively with the developers’ team, web designer, digitization team, external consultants and partners, and project stakeholders. The librarian acts as a coordinator and team lead for projects, assesses user needs and interface usability, develops project specifications in collaboration with developers’ team and other stakeholders, and facilitates communication. Implements software platform configuration and settings and other non-programming implementation tasks. Helps coordinate the development and maintenance of repository projects based on platforms such as Hydra/Sufia, Omeka, OJS, and Symplectic Elements/VIVO. The incumbent will also take an active part in developing and populating the Hydra-based DPLA aggregator for Pennsylvania, a project developed by Temple in partnership with other PA institutions. May supervise up to 2 student workers. Maintains in-depth knowledge of standards and best practices in the realm of digital projects, library-oriented open-source platforms and project management. The librarian will participate in library-wide activities and committees, be active professionally and meet 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 two years of relevant experience.

Required Skills and Abilities:

*Experience developing digital library projects and understanding of web-based project design methods and practices.  

*Demonstrated experience with a digital objects repository/publication system/metadata aggregator, such as Hydra/Fedora/Blacklight, Omeka, CONTENTdm, OJS, Symplectic Elements/VIVO, or a CMS like Drupal.

*Excellent project management and team leadership skills.

*Experience with metadata standards, such as Dublin Core, MODS, and OAI-PMH.

*Demonstrated ability to work in a highly collaborative environment and across multiple departments.

*Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

*Experience developing large digital library projects, including managing stakeholders’ expectations, and producing ADA-compliant sites.

*Familiarity with HTML/CSS, and a scripting language like PHP or XML/XSLT.

*Experience with UX assessment methodologies.

*Experience with Agile-style project management.

*Experience in an academic library setting.


Competitive salary and benefits package, including relocation allowance.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply:

To apply for this position, go to  For full consideration, please submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.

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