Digital Scholarship Librarian

Los Angeles
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Created: January 27, 2015


The UCLA Library seeks an innovative and collaborative information professional to serve as Digital Scholarship Librarian within the Digital Library Program. This is a forward-looking, transformative role for an individual with a passion for range of cutting-edge activities within digital scholarship, including building new digital collections, developing services in support of research, teaching and learning, and managing digital projects and project teams, including collaborations with faculty and with partners nationally and internationally, and with Library staff responsible for metadata creation, data curation, collection development, and Web services development. The Librarian also leads the Program’s outreach and social media presence, and participates with colleagues in ongoing collaboration with campus partners such as the Center for Digital Humanities, Institute for Digital Research and Education, Social Sciences Computing, and the Department of Information Studies.

Reporting to the Head of the Digital Library Program, the Digital Scholarship Librarian (DSL) is a member of a highly motivated and integrated team of digital project managers and developers that initiate and collaborate on digital library and scholarship initiatives throughout the UCLA Library, with UCLA faculty partners and partners UC-wide, and beyond. The DSL is knowledgeable of contemporary digital library standards for the creation, management, description and preservation of digital objects in all formats, both simple and complex, and tracks development of standards and community practice in emerging areas of digital library engagement, such as data management/curation and linked data. The DSL is familiar with the use of technology, digital analytical and processing techniques and markup standards used by faculty instructors and researchers in the Digital Humanities, and engages with faculty in the social sciences and sciences to foster Digital Library integration into the scholarly enterprise as appropriate. Working with both permanent and ad hoc, project-specific teams the DSL provides expert advisory and management services for digitization and online publication projects, coordinates metadata creation with the Head of Metadata Services and content experts, and works with Digital Library developers and external vendors to develop innovative platforms for dissemination of and interaction with digital collections and digital environments of various types. The DSL works with other Digital Library staff to integrate digital collections and services into the instructional and research activities of UCLA faculty and users worldwide.

The DSL is expected to have knowledge and/or experience in one or more areas of emerging importance for digital libraries and digital scholarship, such as: maps and geographical information as it relates to digital libraries; data and data management services; non-traditional digital library content (e.g. social media and other ephemeral materials, both digital and digitized); the integration and interoperability of digital library services through linked data; the integration of digitized and born-digital materials; publication and visualization services in digital libraries.

The UCLA Digital Library Program serves as the catalyst for the creation, management, and delivery of digital content in support of the UCLA Library mission and goals. The Program provides for the storage and dissemination of digital objects, including text, images, audio, and video in their various digital manifestations and combinations. The UCLA Library provides a web presence for digital collections and projects, and provides storage, backup and digital preservation support for all digital content accepted into, or developed by, the Library. Program staff collaborate with faculty, and instructional and research units across with campus and beyond to develop integrated and innovative platforms and environments that provide a solid foundation for 21st century instructional and research activities.

Consistently ranked among the top 10 academic research libraries in North America, the UCLA Library is comprised of 10 major libraries and 11 library wide departments including the Southern Regional Library Facility, the remote storage facility for the southern UC campuses, all of which report to the University Librarian. In addition, there are 12 affiliated library units located on the campus. There are approximately 105 librarians on the campus, and the UCLA Library has a staff of approximately 200, and approximately 400 – 500 student employees. The Library has an organizational structure that includes the use of teams in conjunction with departments and units. The library collection consists of more than 11 million volumes and more than 78,000 current serial titles and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection. The Library’s annual budget is in excess of $44 million; more than $10 million supports the acquisition of print and digital material, and the library is part of the California Digital Library. The UCLA Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

One of ten University of California campuses, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is located in Westwood Village, approximately five miles from the Pacific Ocean near Santa Monica. Comprised of the College of Letters and Science and 11 professional schools, the 419-acre campus features 163 buildings. UCLA has more than 4,000 faculty and academic staff and approximately 26,000 employees overall. Founded in 1919, UCLA offers 337 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and has more than 28,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate students. Academic excellence, faculty distinction, and a comprehensive curriculum are hallmarks of UCLA, which is a member of the Association of American Universities. Among the faculty are fourteen Nobel Laureates, twelve Rhodes Scholars, ten National Medal of Science winners, a Fields Medal Winner, eleven MacArthur Grant winners, and seventy-eight Guggenheim Fellows. UCLA is California’s largest university and is a model for public institutions of higher education. As the seventh largest employer in the region, UCLA generates almost $14 in economic activity for every $1 state taxpayers invest in UCLA and generates an annual $11.9 billion economic impact for the state of California.


Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 18:08 UTC

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