Repository Services Manager

at Washington University in St. Louis (view profile)
Location St. Louis, United States of America
Date Posted February 6, 2020
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Reporting to the Head of the Digital Library, the Repository Services Manager will develop, coordinate, deliver, monitor, assess, and advance the services, infrastructure, and operations for the University Libraries’ digital repository and management of digital assets generated by the Libraries and campus community partners. The incumbent will be responsible for creating a customer-first approach to developing technical infrastructure and requirements for the Libraries’ digital repository, delivering robust repository services, and maintaining related technical resources for supporting the University’s mission of preserving and disseminating Libraries’ digital collections and the diverse scholarly output produced by students, faculty, and research affiliates at Washington University.


  1. Manages the full spectrum of daily operations of the digital repositories at WU Libraries, including technical infrastructure, client services, and content management. The work of the incumbent will include directing metadata management and development for the repository, directing content strategies and policies for repository content, managing the ingest and curation of content, developing appropriate workflows and schema for ingesting and maintaining data and digital materials, and coordinating training, and supervising the work of Libraries staff on use and workflows of the digital repositories.
  2. Collaborates with Library colleagues to develop technical infrastructure, workflows, and programmatic strategy across the WU Libraries for digital repository platforms, including digitized Special Collections, open access publishing, open educational resources, and management of other digital assets.
  3. Develops and implements procedures, workflows, and other necessary documentation for the institutional repository, in consultation with colleagues within the WU Libraries.
  4. Consults with faculty and researchers in relevant programs throughout the WU community to promote the retention and accessibility of research output, promotes the repository to the campus community, and solicits content from university stakeholders.
  5. Professional Development and Service: Serves on Library committees and groups. Represents the Libraries on campus, nationally, and internationally in appropriate professional venues, and engages in professional activities outside of the University to stay up to date on developments in digital repository services and related professional areas.
  6. Performs other duties as assigned and as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree, bachelor’s degree plus at least five years of experience, advanced degree in a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Experience with digital repositories and content management systems (e.g., Hydra/Samvera, Islandora, Drupal, Fedora Commons, DSpace, Dataverse).
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently without direct supervision.
  • Ability to work with faculty and researchers in consultations.
  • Ability to learn new technologies and instruct others in their uses.
  • Experience in managing user-centered services.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective digital projects both independently and collaboratively, including managing multiple and simultaneous projects.
  • Knowledge of trends, issues, and resources in digital library development, scholarly communications, open access, and/or research data management in academic libraries.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation standards and best practices.
  • Strong commitment to high quality service.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on projects across a wide range of departments and for varying audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a large academic, cultural heritage, or research institution.
  • Two years of supervisory experience, especially for technical operations and project work.
  • Project management experience with complex digital initiatives involving many stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with standards-based non-MARC metadata and their application (e.g. Dublin Core, METS, PREMIS), and ability to investigate and learn new metadata standards as required.
  • Familiarity with OAI-PMH, and proficiency with well-formed XML.
  • Experience with development and implementation of the Fedora repository system, especially with the Samvera framework and Hyrax and Avalon modules.
  • Experience with user interface and/or user experience design.
  • Familiarity with open source digital scholarship publishing platforms (e.g. Open Journal Systems, Omeka).
  • Experience working with programmers (e.g., writing spec and use cases).
  • Familiarity with web design and web development.
  • Familiarity with non-MARC standards-based metadata and application.
  • Familiarity with database design and management.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong desire to learn new skills and adeptness to doing so.
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment, and to communicate well with IT and non-IT staff.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear documentation.