Digital Collections Librarian

at University of San Francisco (view profile)
Location San Francisco, California
Date Posted November 20, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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The Jesuit University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library | Geschke Learning Resource Center seeks an engaged, innovative, and enthusiastic individual for the position of Digital Collections Librarian. The Library has a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and seeks candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. Early-career librarians and candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


The Digital Collections Librarian supports the development and implementation of educational outreach programs and will take a proactive approach to working with faculty, undergraduates, and fellow librarians and staff to collaborate on established digital projects and develop new, sustainable research projects, classroom support, and instruction in digital methods. They will reach out to campus constituencies, analyze materials for suitability for our collections, identify potential projects, and establish priorities based on the content’s cultural, academic, or historical value. They may also pursue opportunities for collaborative projects across other higher education and cultural institutions.

The Digital Collections Librarian is responsible for the development and maintenance of Gleeson digital collections across their life-cycle. This position will help shape future directions for digital asset management and preservation systems, and will develop and implement strategies, best practices, standards, and technologies that support discovery, access, management, and preservation of the Libraries’ digital collections.

Job Responsibilities
The Digital Collections Librarian has primary responsibility for building and maintaining a comprehensive digital library program, developing policy, framework and workflow for existing and emerging digital library initiatives and services. Specific areas of responsibilities include:

System administration (50%)
● Manage digitization projects for the Gleeson Library Digital Collections and the USF Scholarship Repository;
● Serve as primary administrator for digital library systems (currently CONTENTdm and Digital Commons);
● Work with faculty and librarians in the identification of print materials to be transferred to digital media;
● Coordinate workflow for digitizing and cataloging digital collections;
● Assign metadata to digital materials in consultation with cataloging department; and
● Consult with campus legal office on copyright, licensing and rights management issues related to digital collections.

Instructional support (30%)
● Work closely with the Scholarly Communications Librarian in outreach and advocacy for Open Access and Institutional Repository Services;
● Explore and develop innovative digital library initiatives and services to support new models of teaching, learning and research, such as digital humanities and digital scholarship; and
● Coordinate marketing for digital collections.

Other duties: (20%)
● Supervise 1 full-time library assistant;
● Identify sources of external funding and grant writing;
● Serve as library liaison and participate in collection development for the assigned subject area; and
● Other duties as assigned.

● Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program.
● 2 years’ or equivalent experience working with digital collections or archives.
● Demonstrated experience in managing digital collections projects.
● Experience processing analog, analog-to-digital, or born-digital collections.
● Experience working with digital asset management, digital repository, and/or digital library systems (e.g. DSpace, Fedora, CONTENTdm).
● Knowledge of strategies and best practices for digital object creation, curation, delivery, and preservation.
● Familiarity with a variety of digital library standards for file formats, metadata content and structure.
● Ability to work independently and collaboratively, in teams that encompass a range of roles and knowledge.
● Demonstrated organizational skills.
● Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to effectively interact with people from diverse backgrounds.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
● Understanding of archival theory and best practices as they relate to the processing and management of digital collections.
● Experience with archival collection management systems such as Archivists’ Toolkit or ArchivesSpace.
● Ability to analyze a range of tools and technologies, and to implement those which improve workflows, access, or preservation of digital objects.
● Working knowledge of web design and development and familiarity with one or more current scripting and programming languages (e.g. JavaScript, PHP, Python, HTML, CSS).
● Experience communicating ideas through presenting, teaching, training, conducting workshops, etc.
● Strong decision-making and project management skills.
● Flexibility, intellectual curiosity, and willingness to take initiative.

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