Head, Digital Initiatives, Tisch Library

at Tufts University (view profile)
Published June 28, 2022
Location Medford, Massachusetts
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
Apply Here https://jobs.tufts.edu/jobs/17500?lang=en-us
Education Requirements Basic Requirements: Knowledge and skills as typically acquired by a Master’s degree in library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent combination of knowledge and experience. Demonstrated leadership ability. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with digital preservation issues, tools, standards, and best practices. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with established and emerging national and international standards related to metadata and classification. Experience with HTML, XML, XSLT markup languages and metadata schemas such as Dublin Core and MODS. Experience managing metadata projects. Self-motivated; detail oriented. Excellent analytical, problem-solving, planning, and project management skills. Supervisory experience. The ability to work with varied user groups and function effectively in a team environment and in a complex organization. Demonstrated ability to work collegially, cooperatively, and flexibly. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong user experience and customer service orientation. Demonstrated commitment to staff development and diversity in the workplace. Knowledge of trends and issues in academic libraries, scholarly communications, higher education, publishing. Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of Fedora/Hydra repository software environment strongly preferred Knowledge of data modelling in the Fedora/Hydra Environment Experience with metadata tools and standards such as MARC, AACR2, CONSER, RDA, LCSH Experience with tools for batch processing of content and metadata Working knowledge of a foreign language 3 years supervisory experience in an academic library Experience with Alma Integrated Library Management System Knowledge of authority control systems, serials or digital resources cataloging
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $85,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $95,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Twitter Handle @tischlibrary @tuftsuniversity


Tisch Library is a student-centered research library, dedicated to the support of teaching, learning, and scholarship in Tufts’ School of Arts & Sciences and School of Engineering.  We provide collections, subject expertise, and technology-rich research and learning environments, with a variety of services and programs to meet the information needs of our students, faculty, and staff. We provide a welcoming, inclusive environment for our patrons, with collaborative staff committed to teamwork.

This is a hybrid position expected to be on campus at least two days each week and for department coverage.

The Head of Digital Initiatives leads the management and preservation of Tisch Library’s digital collections, ensuring that content and associated metadata is managed effectively across all library repositories, and aligning staff resources to support digital initiatives. The successful candidate will be an active individual contributor possessing the technical expertise required to manage the various modes used to create and manage content and metadata in the Tufts Digital Repository. They will provide integrated management across the library’s repositories, cultivating teamwork and collaborative relationships to ensure that the management of resources is standards-based, interoperable and discoverable, facilitating scholarship at Tufts.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

• Lead the strategic direction for the Digital Initiatives Department. Build and communicate a shared vision that aligns with division, library and university priorities.
• In collaboration with the Head of Metadata Services, provide a holistic approach to the management and interoperability of data and metadata in all repositories including Alma/Primo, Tufts Digital Repository, Dataverse, OCLC, HathiTrust, etc.
• Hold primary responsibility for setting policies and procedures for the management of content added to the Tufts Digital Repository (TDR) and the repository for Research Data (currently Dataverse) for Tisch Library. Provide the technical expertise required for the creation and management of content and metadata in the Tufts Digital Repository (TDR).
• Develop a robust digital preservation program for the libraries.
• Foster collaborative partnerships with staff across Tufts libraries and with TTS and DCA, providing leadership and effective management of repository content.
• Serve as a member of the Repository Operations Group to provide input on decisions around development of the Fedora infrastructure and enhancements of associated interfaces.
• Provide the technical expertise required for the creation and management of content and metadata in the Tufts Digital Repository (TDR).
• Provide metadata best practices instruction and consultation to faculty and students in support of digital scholarship projects and research data management.
• Supervise members of the Digital Initiatives department, providing mentorship and fostering technical excellence and a spirit of collaboration and inclusiveness.
• As a member of the Library Management Council and the Resource Management & Repository Services (RMRS) leadership team, the position sets the vision for digital initiatives at Tisch Library and supports cross-library initiatives.