Digital Initiatives Librarian

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Created: October 17, 2013


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for the Digital Initiatives Librarian (Official Title: Associate Academic Librarian). This is a full-time, 12 month Academic Staff position.

The Digital Initiatives Librarian manages the digital assets and digital collections of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Library and Archives and Area Research Center. Works directly with students, faculty, staff and members of the community to support access to archival materials in digital formats. Provides direct support for student and faculty archival research. Teaches scheduled archival instruction sessions for UW-Parkside research courses, and collaborates with instructors to determine which resources and delivery methods are most appropriate to class objectives. Provides expertise and leadership in the design and development of the University digital collections. Oversees web-based access to local and remote digital content. Manages digitization processes and workflows. Partners with Head of Library Systems and Emerging Technologies Librarian to develop appropriate preservation, storage and retrieval of University digital assets. Monitors digitization trends and developments and assists in the adoption and implementation of new technologies and methods. This position reports to the Head of Archives at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Library.


  • ALA accredited MLS, with archival coursework
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Preferred
  • Experience working in an archives or special collections
  • Experience creating standard archival finding aids
  • Experience in public records reference
  • Experience working in an academic environment
  • Strong preference will be given to applicants with experience using Omeka, Archivists' Toolkit or Archon, and oXygen or other XML editors

  • Oversees the creation, preservation, and delivery of digital content and collections in support of research and instruction
  • Identifies and selects archival material/collections to be digitized.
  • Establishes project priorities and manages all facets of digitization projects including development of workflows and schedules, coordination of staff and equipment resources, quality control and creation of documentation for digital project procedures.
  • Coordinates the daily operations of digital content creation including digitization of a variety of digital content formats and quality control activities.
  • Keeps current with digitization and digital delivery systems, standards and trends in higher education.
  • Investigates and recommends digitization hardware and software; monitors and maintains specialized hardware and software to capture, manipulate and save digital files.
  • Trains digitization staff; trains and supervises student employees.
  • Experiments with open-source software solutions to anticipate future ancillary services, including GIS mapping, mobile interfacing, and interoperability with new systems.
  • Designs and implements digital exhibits.
  • Creates metadata for digital material and collections; stays current with a variety of digital library standards including best practices for digitization and metadata creation.
  • Engages in outreach activities with campus and community partners.
  • Manages the daily functions of the Archives
  • Manages ARC transfers and training students/staff in receiving and transferring procedures.
  • Performs archival and public records reference.
  • Conducts records management functions, such as answering records questions, referring university employees to the proper schedules, and receiving records collections in any format.
  • Coordinates the technological environment for bar coding the Wisconsin Historical Society collections and supervises the project.
  • Participates in reference services, library instruction and library liaison program as needed
  • Serves on library committees, teams, UW-System and professional committees as elected or appointed

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Experience with metadata standards and schema such as Dublin Core, EAD, and DACS.
  • Experience working with XML data and XML editors.
  • Experience in archival reference.
  • Familiarity with basic web languages and editors.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of faculty, students, administrators, donors, staff and general public.
  • Familiarity with intellectual property and copyright issues.
  • Knowledge of digital project strategies, technologies and standards.
  • Knowledge of proper methods of handling and conserving archival materials in varied formats.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.

It is the policy of UW Parkside to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability. A criminal background check and degree verification are part of the application process.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.


Review of Applications: Applications received by November 1st, 2013 are ensured full consideration. The position is open until filled.

To Apply: Go to: Click the "Apply Now" button. You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password' and select "Login." If you have questions about how to apply from the Candidate Gateway, go to

Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.

Please be sure you have included:

Cover Letter outlining your qualifications for the position
Names and Contact information for three professional references

If you have application questions call or email:

Janice Mico
Phone: (262) 595-2356


Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 16:38 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:44 UTC