Digital Innovations Specialist

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Created: July 31, 2014


Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Northwestern University, Chicago

Digital Innovations Specialist, Job ID 23560

This position is a non-tenure eligible appointment at the rank of Librarian Faculty.

Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine seeks a Digital Innovations Specialist to provide support for faculty, students, and staff on matters pertaining to scholarly communication, such as copyright and fair use, compliance with public access policy mandates, and preservation and access to scholarly outputs through a digital repository and other digital means. This position is expected to represent Galter library on scholarly communications issues and also be a significant contributor to greater campus-wide digital preservation activities. This position will serve as a member of the leadership team at Galter Library.


  • Lead scholarly communications efforts at Galter Health Sciences Library.
    • Has leadership, management, and planning responsibilities for the scholarly communication program at Galter Health Sciences Library. This includes implementation of an institutional repository for the Feinberg School of Medicine and development of initiatives that encourage and enable authors to understand and manage their own copyright, improve access to their published research, and be aware of alternate modes of dissemination of scholarly results.
    • Works with a wide range of campus stakeholders to develop and implement a program to increase awareness among faculty, researchers and students at Feinberg School of Medicine about scholarly communication issues in the digital environment.
    • Keeps abreast of current issues in scholarly publishing and dissemination, including trends, legislation, and changes in scholarly publishing and communication which affect access and preservation of scholarly information.
    • Provides support for issues related to compliance with public access policy to individuals and groups.
    • Develops print and electronic support materials on topics related to scholarly communications; plans and organizes regular campus events and programming on these topics.
    • Selects resources (electronic resources, journals, and software tools) to support this area of effort.
    • Works with faculty and students to develop ideas for new programs and services and a deeper understanding of service needs.
  • Contributes to library-wide planning activities and collaborates with colleagues on projects in areas of shared interest. Actively participates in appropriate library programs and services where appropriate.
  • Manages projects to effectively and efficiently provide services. Seeks grant opportunities to fund innovation efforts.
  • Attends faculty and student research seminars, department wide conference and university symposia to keep abreast of current research. Serves on University and Library committees as appropriate.
  • Participates in scholarly societies, attends academic conferences, and represents the Library in relevant academic activities.
  • Serves on the library’s management team.
  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent, or other appropriate degree or equivalent experience.
  • Strong ability to think and act strategically, and demonstrated success at bringing concepts
 to realization while meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with a diverse population of faculty/staff, students, and colleagues.
  • Command of scholarly communications topics, including copyright and fair use, public access policies, author rights, models of publication and dissemination, and digital preservation.
  • Demonstrated experience with commercial or open source institutional repository platform(s).
  • Demonstrated experience with digital collections and exhibits.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technology tools/skills.
  • Evidence of professional initiative and problem-solving skills .
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, time management, organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both in person and virtually using a variety of media and technologies.
  • Successful leadership of institutional repository launch.
  • Project or team leadership responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated awareness and understanding of metadata standards.
  • Demonstrated experience with data mining.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Demonstrated experience providing instructional and reference services including the creation of online tutorials, surveys, or guides.
  • Demonstrated ability to work creatively, independently, and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated experience with Semantic Web languages and technologies.
Rank: Librarian Faculty
Term: non-tenure eligible appointment
Title: Digital Innovations Librarian
Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: until filled
Proposed Starting Date: September 1, 2014
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit via email a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae to: Please reference the job title and job opening ID in the email.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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