Job Opening: Digital Collections Librarian, University of Chicago

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The University of Chicago Library invites applicants for the Digital Collections Librarian.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Digital Services, the Digital Collections Librarian leads the Library’s collection-building activities for locally-created digital materials. Establishes priorities, manages projects, coordinates cross-departmental workflows, participates in identifying digital collection development opportunities, and ensures that our locally-digitized collections are integrated into the overall collections and services. Working with the Library’s decentralized digital production environment, the Librarian facilitates communication between staff across the Library working on digital projects and ensures stakeholders remain informed and engaged. Represents activities and needs in the Library’s strategic planning and ensures that issues are reflected in broader organizational policies and procedures. Responsible for understanding emerging trends in digital collection creation and management and for modeling innovative solutions that meet the needs of users in an academic research environment. Represents the Library at professional conferences and meetings, and maintains professional networks and collaborative relationships with other libraries.

About the Digital Services Division:

The Digital Services Division provides leadership and services in support of emerging e-research activities across the University of Chicago campus and is responsible for the creation and ongoing maintenance of the Library’s repository of digital collections, research data, and archival material.

The Division works with faculty and colleagues from other institutions on collaborative projects such as the faculty-driven Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae digital collection of Renaissance printed images or the Chicago Collections Consortium that is building a portal to collections about Chicago from area museums, libraries, and cultural institutions.

Required: A graduate library degree from an accredited library school, commitment to ongoing professional development, minimum of 3 years experience working with digital collections in a library. Familiarity with digital library development software. Knowledge of metadata standards used in digital collections building (e.g., MODS, METS, VRA Core, Dublin Core, etc.); familiarity with digital conversion technologies, standards, and workflows; knowledge of HTML, CSS, and ADA guidelines and ability to work with technical staff who are doing scripting, programming, and systems administration. Ability to work on a Unix/Linux platform. Demonstrated ability to work effectively, cooperatively, and collaboratively with a variety of individuals and groups to build consensus and accomplish initiatives within a variety of deadlines; demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and implement projects; experience working effectively with staff across the organization to achieve multiple strategic objectives; excellent conceptual, analytic, and organizational skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; comfort working in a decentralized production environment.

Preferred: Previous experience with usability studies and assessment activities. Experience in an academic research library. Experience working with faculty or on an inter-institutional collaboration. Knowledge of one or more scripting and/or programming languages, XML, or XSLT. Previous experience providing grant support and/or grant writing.

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Please submit all application materials by January 7, 2013.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

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