Digital Services Librarian

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Created: September 24, 2014


Illinois College is a residential, private liberal arts college located in historic Jacksonville, Illinois, 70 miles northeast of Saint Louis, Missouri, and 30 miles west of Springfield, the Illinois State Capitol. True to its founding vision in 1829, Illinois College is a community committed to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts. Illinois College promotes academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity through an increasingly diverse student population, currently comprised of 26 percent underrepresented students. The College develops in its students qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service, fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.

The Digital Services Librarian advances digital scholarship initiatives by providing consultation, technical support, and project management for faculty, librarians, staff, and students engaged in technology-rich scholarly projects.  Works directly with faculty, students, and staff in identifying and deploying appropriate tools and technologies to meet research or publication needs. In addition to direct support at the project level, s/he will deliver training, group instruction, and workshops on Digital Scholarship topics, and will maintain project documentation for digital scholarly production. This role requires strong technological and communication skills, and a willingness to learn about discipline-specific and interdisciplinary research methodology. The ability to listen, articulate problems, and find effective technology solutions across a variety of disciplines, while working with a range of clients from novice scholars to senior faculty, is essential.

The Digital Services Librarian administers and maintains the library’s integrated library system and ensures its optimal performance and continuous development; manages the library’s hardware and software applications; and plays an active role in the library’s digital initiatives. This position works with library staff to regularly assess procedures, and develops strategies for the implementation of technologies to enhance access to the collections, to increase productivity, and to streamline workflows.

Essential Functions
The following list of duties is meant to be representative of the work performed in this position. The omission of a specific duty or responsibility will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical extension of position responsibilities.

Maintains a strong knowledge of current and emerging trends, issues and best practices in academic libraries in the areas of online research assistance, instructional technologies, and user experience services.
Develops and delivers online and in-person instruction sessions for both students and faculty.
Collaborates with other librarians to explore new technologies that support online learning, mobile marketing of library services and enhance the library’s virtual presence.
Provides guidance on development of spaces that enrich and enhance learning experiences of users through a synthesis of technology, pedagogy and design.
Manages metadata and cataloging processes.
Implements new RDA standards.
Supervises and manages workflow of electronic resources acquisition and use.
Implements licensing and electronic resource best practices.
Minimum Qualifications

American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Master’s degree in library science or Information Science.
Ability to learn and work with the College’s course management systems.
• Experience applying assessment methods to evaluate student learning.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively across scholarly and technology domains.
Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing and dynamic environment.
Strong project management skills.
Commitment to engage in research and continued professional development.

Preferred Qualifications

Practical knowledge of and experience with a range of tools for the analysis and display of information, such as online exhibit tools, social media, scanning/OCR, data visualization, geospatial analysis, encoding and text mining, programming and scripting languages, format conversion and editing protocols and tools, graphic design, relational databases, metadata schema, and open web standards

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