Digital Projects Librarian, Cornell University Library

Cornell University Library’s Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services (DSPS) unit seeks a Digital Projects Librarian who will coordinate digital collection projects and provide oversight for objectives of digital preservation. Reporting to the Digital Curation Services Lead, the Digital Projects Librarian will be an important member in the Digital Curation Services team, which has as its mission to coordinate CUL’s overall digital preservation program and facilitate the creation of a cohesive service framework. The incumbent will also coordinate or contribute to other projects related to the creation, use, migration and/or management of digital assets.

The Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services (DSPS) program facilitates collaborations within the Cornell University community in the creation and management of digital scholarly content and tools to support learning, teaching, and research. The program has a national and international presence and facilitates sharing and archiving of content through online institutional and subject repositories such as Program staff work closely with the Library’s IT group in developing technical solutions, collaborating with the Library’s departmental liaisons and subject specialists in identifying needs and delivering services, and faculty in using information technologies to enhance teaching and research services.

Main responsibilities include:  

  • Coordination/oversight of initiatives and projects in the Digital Consulting and Production Services (DCAPS) unit, a cross-department enterprise service comprised of experts to support digital scholarship initiatives for Cornell’s faculty, staff and community partners. (30%)
  • Coordination/oversight of various projects relating to digital preservation and preservation repositories, including large scale ingests and the maintenance and development of emerging services. (30%)
  • Coordination/oversight of other project initiatives, e.g., migrations and/or new development efforts that involve cross departmental teams; anticipation and leveraging of inter-institutional repositories and inter-institutional cooperation, and the implementation/testing of emerging technologies to local efforts. (30%)
  • Involvement in professional development and program promotion and assessment (10%):

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or a higher advanced degree in library or information science or other relevant discipline.
  • Understanding of digital curation principles, standards, and best practices
  • Strong understanding of digital life cycle management issues and processes involved in developing and managing repositories from technical, business, communication, and policy perspectives.
  • Excellent project management skills with some experience in overseeing complex technology-based projects.
  • Ability to think imaginatively and develop effective and sustainable solutions in a highly complex and uncharted environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication and facilitation skills to collaborate effectively with library staff, faculty, researchers, university administrators, and other stakeholders and constituents.
  • Ability to gather, analyze, and share findings effectively.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with digital collection development and management workflows.
  • Competency in business planning for providing sustainable digital services.
  • Aptitude for learning technologies easily and IT experience as system administrator, web master, or programmer a plus.
  • Fluency in applications such as MS Access, SQL, other query languages, aptitude with MS Excel, including use of complex formulas and functions.
  • Ability to analyze/troubleshoot processes and remediate them.
  • Record of scholarly engagement and professional service, including presentations, publications.


Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 11 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options), as well as exceptional work/life support programs. Professional travel funding available.

Application Procedure:   Deadline for applications is October 16. For a more detailed description and to apply for this position, click here. Follow the instructions for online submission – only online submissions will be accepted. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research and learning at the university. With an operating budget of over $58 million and a diverse and innovative staff of more than 400, the Library supports 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

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