Digital Initiatives Librarian

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Created: July 27, 2012


The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at The University of Montana seeks a creative and dynamic leader for the position of Digital Initiatives Librarian. This is a twelve-month tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

About UM and Mansfield Library
Located at the heart of western Montana's stunning natural landscape, UM is a magnet not only for top-notch teachers and researchers, but also for students from across the country and around the globe. UM has an increasingly diverse population and rich culture. For more information about The University of Montana, please visit the UM Website at

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library is the largest library in the state of Montana with a tradition of collaboration with a variety of state and regional library partners. The Mansfield Library is a leader in the state in the use of technology to extend services and collections to the citizens and university's global community. It is also the Regional Depository Library for Montana. On campus, the Mansfield Library is heavily used by students and researchers as a learning and social place offering opportunities for cultural and intellectual pursuits through its successful instructional programs, displays, special collections and events. Visit our Website at

About the job
Reporting to the Head of Access and Collection Services, this position provides expertise and leadership in technical planning, development, implementation, project management and support of the Library's digital initiatives. Supervises the Digital Production unit. Designs and ensures quality control of all digitization projects. Prioritizes and manages all ongoing (insourced and outsourced) digital production projects and queues. Leads the Digital Projects Committee and discusses projects and priorities with the Collection Development Group. Works closely with Systems to maintain all digitization equipment and share administrator duties for the library's digital content management systems including CONTENTdm and Dspace. Collaborates with Head of Archives and Special Collections, Digital Archivist, Web Developer, and other appropriate library and campus personnel to develop, describe, curate, preserve, manage, and provide access to digital projects. Collaborates with Liaison Librarians to actively seek out and recruit new user communities and content for digital projects and the institutional repository. Maintains awareness of and engagement with trends, best practices, and developments in library digitization, metadata and digital standards. Coordinates and collaborates on assessment and usability studies of digitized collections.

Required Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in library sciences from an ALA (American Library Association) accredited graduate program.
  • Demonstrated experience with digitization equipment and digital project management in a library environment.
  • Ability to meet standards for achieving tenure and promotion

The Successful Candidate Will:
  • Have knowledge and understanding of best practices, standards, issues, and trends in digital library development and scholarly communication issues.
  • Have experience with or knowledge of metadata standards (Dublin Core, MODS, METS, PREMIS).
  • Have familiarity with institutional repository systems and software requirements.
  • Demonstrate aptitude for complex, accurate, analytical work with close attention to details.
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills and flexibility.
  • Have supervisory experience.
  • Have demonstrated experience working with a diverse population.
  • Demonstrate self-motivation, individual initiative, and the ability to work in a fast paced changing environment and prioritize multiple assignments to ensure that departmental and library goals are met.
  • Demonstrate ability to learn and apply new technologies.
  • Have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Experience:
  • Experience with CONTENTdm, Dspace or other digital asset management systems preferably in an academic or research library.
  • Significant knowledge of and experience with XML including the transformation of XML using CSS and XSLT.
  • Familiarity with best practices for handling and digitizing special collections material.
  • Grant writing experience.
  • Data management experience.
  • Experience communicating in an academic environment about copyright, open access, and scholarly communication issues.
  • Experience with or knowledge of computer programming and scripting languages (e.g. JavaScript, SQL, and PHP).
  • Experience converting video and audio content to appropriate web formats.
  • Experience with assessment and usability studies.

Minimum Salary: $44,815
Desired Start Date: On or before January 1, 2013 Application review will begin on September 5, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, go to UM Jobs by clicking below and upload :
  • Letter of Interest - please also address the stated required skills for the position
  • Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

The University of Montana is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified minorities, Vietnam era veterans, and women. This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Qualified candidates may request veterans' preference in accordance with state law.

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