Digital Initiatives Librarian

Mobile, AL
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Created: October 23, 2014


The Digital Initiatives Librarian will work with the Marx Library Head of Reference & Instruction and the Director of the Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library to manage existing locally held digital content and to identify and develop prospective digital projects. Because the USA Libraries are new to locally managing digital content, the Digital Initiatives Librarian must be knowledgeable about descriptive, technical, administrative, and structural metadata standards and content. The librarian in this position will work collaboratively with the Head of Reference and with the McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library Director to develop, implement, and manage digital projects and policies/procedures applicable to digital collections. The Digital Initiatives Librarian will process and manage both born-digital content and digitized collections; work to convert appropriate text, image, audiovisual or analog collections to digital formats; conduct instruction sessions for classes about the digital collections, keep abreast of current and emerging best practices for managing digital content, and pursue sources of external funding for digital projects. The Digital Initiatives Librarian will be a strong supporter of and advocate for the digital and digital preservation needs of both the Marx and McCall Libraries.

This librarian will provide instructional services and reference desk services as assigned, including evening and weekend rotations, and will be the library liaison to at least one academic department. In addition to participating in instruction and collection development activities, the Digital Initiatives Librarian will be involved in Library, professional, and University service, and professional development and scholarly activities that will lead to tenure and promotion. This librarian will also perform other duties as assigned.

This is a twelve-month, tenure-track Library faculty appointment with an estimated start date of January 1, 2015, at the Assistant Librarian rank.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Manage locally-held digital content
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures for digital content
  • Identify, develop, and implement prospects for new digital collections
  • Manage and process born-digital collections
  • Convert image, text, and media content to digital formats, when appropriate
  • Develop, maintain, and expand knowledge of digital formats and best practices in the area of digital archives and content
  • Pursue outside sources of funding for digital projects
  • Perform bibliographic instruction for the University community
  • Participate in reference department duties such as night and weekend rotation
  • Participate in collection development activities
  • Actively participate in professional organizations on the state, regional, or national level

Qualifications: Required
  • Earned Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience, preferably in an academic library
  • Familiarity with both current and developing metadata standards relevant to digital projects and archives, particularly Dublin Core
  • Knowledge of best practices for digitization and archives
  • Knowledge of copyright laws and rights management in a digital environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer software such as ContentDM and Photoshop
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal oral and written English language skills
  • Demonstrated interest in professional development
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills

Qualifications: Preferred
  • Familiarity with DACS and EAD
  • Additional master’s degree
  • Experience working with digital collections
  • Previous experience in instruction, collection development, or reference services

Review of applications will begin November 6, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Submit letter of application, CV or resume, official transcripts and three signed professional letters of reference to:

Kathy Wheeler, Chair Digital Initiatives Librarian Search Committee
Marx Library, University of South Alabama
5901 USA Drive North
Mobile, AL 36688

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Published: Thursday, October 23, 2014 16:51 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:42 UTC