Digital Projects Librarian, Stony Brook University Libraries

Campus Description: Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island’s scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff. SBU is a comprehensive research-intensive university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which includes 34 public universities among its 62 members. SBU consists of 12 schools and colleges and a teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art healthcare in the Long Island region. SBU also manages and performs joint research with Brookhaven National Laboratory, the only Department of Energy Laboratory in the Northeast, and shares doctoral programs with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a world-renowned molecular biology institute. Home to the Emerson String Quartet, the Jackson Pollack House in East Hampton, New York, the Mellon Award winning Humanities Institute, and the Southampton Arts Program, and with endeavors that extend to the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, SBU sustains an international reputation that cuts across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Stony Brook Libraries are known for a wide-range of print and digital resources and world-renowned special collections. The Stony Brook Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), with a Health Sciences Center Library that is a member of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. The Libraries are engaged in an ambitious and dynamic strategic planning (2015-2018). The collection exceeds 2 million volumes, including e-books, print and electronic holdings of scholarly journal subscriptions, microforms, music recordings, and a sizable map collection. The SBU Libraries include 6 distinct facilities, including Melville Library, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Math/Physics, Southampton and Health Sciences Libraries, and SUNY Korea-SBU campus. The University’s Libraries stand as the largest academic research library on Long Island, serving as a resource in the local community, state-wide, and nationally and internationally.  The Libraries maintain memberships and affiliations in arXiv, Association of Research Libraries, SPARC,  Center for Research Libraries,  SUNY Connect, DuraSpace (as a SUNY member) the Council on Library and Information Resources, Digital Library  Federation, Coalition of Networked Information, EDUCAUSE, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Roper Center,  OCLC Research Library Partnership, and ORCID through the National Network of the National Libraries of Medicine. The Libraries utilize Ex Libris’ Aleph for its integrated library system and have recently deployed  EBSCO’s Discovery Service, DSpace, Content DM, and Omeka, are used for managing digital assets and a growing Institutional Repository.

Descriptive Title:Digital Projects Librarian


Budget Title:Senior Assistant/Associate Librarian

Faculty Position


Campus:Stony Brook West Campus/HSC

Salary:Commensurate with experience

Required Qualifications:MLS/MLIS or equivalent, from an ALA accredited program. Knowledge of emerging technology trends related to digital collections. Experience with digital project management. Evidence of ability to do research, publication and service consonant with University standards for promotion and tenure. Commitment to creating and maintaining high quality digital collections and exhibits that can be used for teaching, research and outreach. Evidence of flexibility, innovative thinking, and a vision for the future of academic libraries. Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills. Ability to communicate with technical and non-technical individuals.

Preferred Qualifications:Advanced degree. Working knowledge of the variety of metadata standards used in digital collections like EAD, MODS, METS, VRA Core and Dublin Core. Familiarity with repository forms such as Omeka, DSpace and CONTENTdm. Familiarity with web programming and design. Experience handling archives and special collections records. Training and supervisory experience. Grant writing experience. Understanding of copyright laws and rights management issues in a digital environment.

Responsibilities & Requirements:Under the leadership of the Associate Director for Library Technology, the Digital Projects Librarian will be responsible for the planning and management of digital projects throughout the University Libraries environment. As a member of the Library Information Technology team, the Digital Projects Librarian will work across Library departments and with University-wide clients to assess complex digital project requirements and provide quality technical solutions. S/he will work with librarians and faculty members to digitize collections that will be of benefit to their courses and assignments, and faculty and/or student research projects. The selected candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • Leads the development and management of digital projects. Provides technical expertise and project management support in the creation and maintenance of digital collections on various platforms, including the Libraries’ institutional repository.
  • Coordinates and manages the daily operations of the Digital Lab, including digitization and quality control activities.
  • Designs, documents and oversees efficient digital production workflows supporting the creation of digital objects that conform to digital library standards.
  • Ensures compliance with standards and best practices for digital collections.
  • Works with University faculty to incorporate digitization initiatives into their research, teaching and outreach activities.
  • Investigates and recommends digitization hardware and software.
  • Assists with metadata creation, content migration, digital project consulting, and outreach. Collaborates with other librarians, including metadata librarians, to create new digital collections, enhance existing ones, and integrate digital resources into websites and learning management systems.
  • Communicates with vendors on issues related to hardware, software and digitization of multimedia content.
  • Trains and supervises staff and student employees on digitization tasks.
  • Represents the Libraries to appropriate campus units and University offices and participates in professional activities and committee assignments.
  • Maintains a current knowledge of the literature, information technology, and overall technology trends in academic libraries and higher education via professional literature, continuing education, professional development and communication with other libraries.
  • Keeps abreast of trends in the creation, maintenance and migration of digital collections, and make recommendations to improve procedures and access.
  • Researches and develops grant proposals relating to digitization.
  • Collaborates with library staff to create digital exhibits.

Special Notes: This is a tenure track position. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Internal and external search to occur simultaneously. Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible. **Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to guarantee consideration, please apply by February 13, 2016.

The selected candidate must successfully clear a background investigation.

Application Procedure:Those interested in this position should submit a State employment application, cover letter and resume/CV to:

Pamela DiPasquale
University Libraries Personnel Office
Melville Library, Room S1430B
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11790-3300

To apply online, view the complete posting and click on “Submit resume” located in the resources box at the bottom of the page:

Stony Brook University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. We encourage protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, women and minorities to apply. If you need a disability-related accommodation, please call the University Human Resource Services Department at (631) 632-6161 or the University Hospital Human Resources Department at (631) 444-4700. In accordance with the Title II Crime Awareness and Security Act, a copy of our crime statistics is available upon request by calling (631) 632-6350. It can also be viewed on-line at the University Police website at

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