Michigan DPLA Service Hub Coordinator, University of Michigan


Deadline EXTENDED to 2/14/2016

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, include your salary requirements, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Michigan Service Hub exists to aggregate Michigan’s strong, varied digital collections, for contribution to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). This is a newly created position funded for three years with the possibility of extension.  Located at the University of Michigan, this position is open to experienced information professionals and is focused on the creation of the new statewide hub supporting the State of Michigan’s participation in DPLA.  Under the guidance of the Michigan DPLA Steering Committee, this role will serve as the primary point of contact between Michigan “sub-hubs” and DPLA, and will be responsible for coordinating metadata aggregation between partner institutions located throughout the state.  Additionally, responsibilities will include managing knowledge sharing between Michigan “sub-hubs,” providing training, onboarding new partners, high level metadata quality control, and liaison to statewide outreach efforts in partnership with a wide range of contributors. Founding partners and starting collaborators are Library of Michigan, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services. Strategic and operational guidance comes from the Michigan DPLA Steering Committee, comprised of partner representatives.

The University of Michigan Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the Library’s mission.

Note: This is a three year, term-limited appointment with the possibility of extension.


  • Serve as the primary communications liaison between DPLA and Michigan sub-hubs, helping to remediate complex metadata issues with a wide range of partners.
  • Coordinate all meetings of Michigan DPLA sub-hub members and working groups to develop metadata standards and technology.
  • Serve as the primary contact for aligning new partners with sub-hubs, determining the feasibility of metadata for inclusion, and managing a statewide inventory of new collections for ingest.
  • Work with Michigan technology partners to develop new technology to streamline ingest processes, particularly with Wayne State University in its role as the lead technology developer.
  • Serve as a liaison to various statewide outreach activities, including DPLA Ambassadors and other emerging programs.
  • Serve as the primary provider for the various agreements required for new partners, including getting memorandum of understandings signed, explaining metadata terms of open access, etc.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of the Michigan DPLA Steering Committee, reporting project progress and assisting with statewide efforts to build a long term sustainability and expansion business model.

Required Qualifications

  • An ALA-accredited master’s degree or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and a proven ability to understand and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Proven proficiency in project management and outreach activities.
  • Knowledge of current technologies, trends, and best practices for digital libraries including metadata standards.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for quickly learning new topics.
  • Understand and value diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.
  • Positive outlook and willingness to learn.
  • Demonstrated affinity for technology.

Desired Qualifications

  • 3-5 years experience relevant to job duties
  • Ability to think independently and work collaboratively within and across organizational and institutional boundaries in order to achieve shared goals.
  • Experience building institutional relationships and coordinating large scale distributed technology projects.
  • Familiarity with project management and ticket tracking tools such as JIRA.
  • Experience with event planning and grant writing.
  • Experience creating user-friendly documentation and training programs.
  • Familiarity with standards and best practices for metadata aggregation, including quality control, OAI-PMH, and Dublin Core.
  • Familiarity with copyright and licensing for digital library objects and metadata, such as Creative Commons.

Additional Information

Appointment is anticipated as an assistant librarian. Salary and rank dependent on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library’s process for librarian promotion and advancement (http://www.lib.umich.edu/sites/default/files/committees/forum/promotion-appointment-librarians-policy-5.1.2014.pdf).

The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package including generous time off (24 vacation days per year), with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel, matched retirement contributions with immediate vesting, and more. For details, see http://www.benefits.umich.edu/events/candidate.html.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Applications will be reviewed as received and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Job Opening ID


Working Title

Michigan DPLA Service Hub Coordinator

Job Title


Work Location

Ann Arbor Campus
Ann Arbor, MI

Full/Part Time




FLSA Status


Organizational Group

Univ Library


Library Info Tech – DLPS

Posting Begin/End Date

12/21/2015 – 1/31/2016 DEADLINE EXTENDED  to 2/14/2016

Career Interests

Libraries & Museums

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