Digital Initiatives Librarian

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Created: July 16, 2014


Kansas State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of Digital Initiatives Librarian. This new position will be responsible for coordinating, evaluating, and optimizing digitization procedures, including capture, presentation, preservation, and other digital asset management activities. The incumbent will lead and participate in the strategic development of innovative, scalable, and sustainable digital collections through the establishment of benchmarks and specific objectives. The individual will directly supervise 2 FTE in the Digital Initiatives Unit, and collaborate with librarians, faculty, and staff to identify, implement, and promote access to digital collections. The incumbent will also serve as a member of the Metadata, Preservation, & Digital Initiatives Management Team.

This is a full-time tenure-track position reporting to the Head of Metadata, Preservation, & Digital Initiatives. The candidate should demonstrate a commitment to scholarly/creative activities and professional service necessary for pursuing tenure at Kansas State University Libraries. To be successful in this position, the incumbent must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills to establish and maintain productive working relationships.

Main Responsibilities
  • Coordinate, develop, maintain, and execute digital initiatives, workflows, and policies as they pertain to the Libraries’ digital program
  • Provide technical expertise in the application of methods used to grow, develop, and manage digital collections
  • Employ best practices and standards for digital programs
  • Lead the cross-departmental Digital Projects Team to effectively plan, prioritize, manage, assess, and preserve the Libraries' expanding digital collections
  • Collaborate internally and externally to develop a digital collections infrastructure
  • Enhance the user experience for the digital collections
  • Identify grant opportunities and work collaboratively to create proposals in support of digital initiatives
  • Engage and stay current on digital library trends, developments, applications, and industry standards in order to ensure K-State adopts appropriate changes in digital collection management activities
Required Qualifications
  • ALA-accredited master’s degree or other related terminal graduate degree
  • Minimum two-years’ experience supporting and developing digital collections
  • Knowledge and understanding of the standards needed to manage digitization activities including capture, ingest, metadata, preservation, and presentation
  • Proven expertise with current technologies, platforms, and products (DSpace, Omeka, Photoshop, etc.) as they relate to digital materials
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and lead projects to completion
  • Working knowledge of intellectual property and copyright issues as they relate to digital collections
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills in an environment requiring attention to detail and a high level of accuracy
Preferred Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of CSS, XML, XSLT, or other open web standards
  • Ability to articulate current metadata best practices and standards such as Dublin Core, EAD, MARC, METS, MODS, TEI
  • Demonstrated successful supervisory experience
  • Experience with online exhibit tools, social media, programming or scripting languages
  • Experience in a research or academic library, archive, or museum
  • Knowledge of trends relating to digital humanities

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