Hamilton College and its Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) division are trailblazers in supporting teaching, learning and faculty/student scholarship. In addition to the support provided for traditional library and IT services, LITS staff are actively engaged in efforts to support digital scholarship in innovative ways, including through the internationally recognized Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi). We are a member of national and regional consortia including the Oberlin Group, the Islandora Collaboration Group, the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges, and the Council on Library and Information Resources. LITS and Hamilton College have a strong commitment to the ongoing professional development of its employees, encouraging them to seek opportunities to expand and strengthen their skills.
We seek a collaborative, creative, strategic thinker to join LITS in the role of Digital Scholarship Librarian and Repository Manager to help support our ambitious initiatives. Reporting to the Director of Metadata and Digital Strategies, the incumbent will work alongside diverse faculty, student, librarian, and IT colleagues across campus and within open-source communities on projects that advance research, teaching, and learning.
The Digital Scholarship Librarian will employ broad knowledge and technical expertise to enhance digital scholarship projects and library digital collections software. The position demands solid knowledge of current and emerging digital scholarship practices and tools, core library standards, systems and collections workflows, as well as the ability to think strategically about how to evolve systems to meet emerging needs. The incumbent will manage our digital collections systems as well as collaborate on digital scholarship projects. This is the perfect professional opportunity for someone who would enjoy partnering with others to help guide Hamilton’s digital future and enhance scholars’ ability to pursue new avenues for learning and research.
Broadly responsible for the development and administration of current and emerging digital collection management systems, with a focus on how they integrate within and beyond the library, and how they are used by the diverse community of researchers, both at Hamilton College and beyond our campus.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Digital Scholarship Librarian
- Work collaboratively with others in LITS and across campus to support digital scholarship
- Provide recommendations and expertise for current and emerging scholarship tools. (e.g. data visualization, text analysis, computational research platforms)
- Conduct consultations and provide instruction for students, faculty, and researchers using digital tools and computational methods
- Digital repository manager
- Recommend, plan, develop, implement, and configure user-facing tools and interfaces for the repository
- Lead, in close collaboration with others:
- Updates and maintenance to repository
- Repository ingestion process; post ingestion maintenance of objects and metadata in the repository
- Preservation of repository and dark archive objects and metadata
- Monitor all activities, keep statistics, and respond to problems
- Recommend assessment methods
- Creative problem solver
- Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent knowledge gained through education and work experience.
- Familiarity with current and emerging digital scholarship tools (e.g. data visualization, text analysis, computational research platforms).
- Experience with digital collections software.
- Knowledge of tools and standards relevant to maintaining a digital repository (e.g. metadata schemas, data exchange formats, text encoding standards, web accessibility standards, programming languages, and data query languages).
- Eager to learn and experiment with new technologies.
- Ability to overcome difficult technical challenges.
- Demonstrated commitment to building and supporting diversity.
- Knowledge of key components of the Islandora digital repository platform (Drupal, MySQL, Solr, and FEDORA).
- Experience with scripting languages.
- Comfortable at UNIX command line.
- Experience working in an academic library, an academic library in a small liberal arts college is a plus.
Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is closed.
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