Digital Initiatives Librarian

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Created: January 30, 2015


The William Madison Randall Library at The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) invites applications for the Digital Initiatives Librarian position. UNCW is a member institution of the University of North Carolina, a multi-campus university composed of all 17 of North Carolina's public institutions. UNCW is nationally recognized for its marine sciences teaching and research programs, and for its strengths in arts and sciences, business, education, and nursing.  The University is situated on a beautiful arboretum campus located in an historic port city within five miles of the Atlantic Ocean and currently enrolls approximately 14,000 students.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Digital program development, data management, training and development, and general library faculty responsibilities constitute the core portfolio.
Digital Program Development: Articulates the vision and develops the supporting roadmap for the Library’s digital program. Facilitates the development of the Library’s digital services programs. Serves as a lead on digital preservation and digital collection projects, including working with Archives and Special Collections librarians to identify collections/projects and working with the Digital Format and Metadata librarian on metadata creation and object input into our systems. Serves as a lead on institutional repository development, including supporting workflow for ingesting items for our IR. Develops a strategy for collecting and providing access to born-digital UNCW documents. Serves as an expert and contact for Library needs for digital archiving (i.e., storing originals of digital content). Serves as a lead and supports projects that collect or highlight UNCW research in digital formats, such as an Undergraduate Research digital collection, Honors College Papers, Theses & Dissertations, faculty research, etc. Incorporates appropriate design principles, information architectures, coding standards, and emerging technologies into the Library’s various systems and projects. Contributes to processes that deliver Library content to external discovery and delivery mechanisms, such as: APIs and RESTful web services, search engine optimization, mobile application development, OAI harvesters, and integration with campus learning management systems and social sites. Maintains knowledge of digital library trends, investigates their application in academic libraries, and helps to develop new web-based and digital services.

Data Management: Articulates data and informatics issues, encourages conceptual dialogue regarding data and informatics efforts, and advocates for responsible but open access to data. Develops a strategy for how the Library can support the data management needs of UNCW faculty, working with Research and Instructional Services librarians and UNCW units to identify needs and market our services. Develops and supports the technical infrastructure for the identified data management solution.  Networks with campus data managers supporting research programs, and works to understand their perspectives, practices and culture.  Cultivates partnerships with library and non-library organizations sharing a common interest in data stewardship. Keep abreast of trends and developments in the area of data science and data curation, in the area of data consultancy and referral services, and in technologies and systems of data publishing that allow for re-use of data.

Training and Development: Trains and works directly with Library staff to help make them more effective content contributors. Provides training, education modules, and workshops for Library staff and campus constituents on data management trends and best practices.
General Library faculty responsibilities: Serves at the Learning Commons Help Desk during scheduled weekly shifts, providing individual research assistance in person, by phone, email and chat. Participates in the development, implementation, and review of Library policies, procedures and services. As a faculty member, participates in university and professional activities, including research, publication, planning and decision making processes for the division and the library.

REQUIREMENTS: ALA-Accredited Master’s degree in library and information science. Experience with web development technologies such as HTML/XHTML/CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, Ruby (especially JRuby), and REST APIs using Rails. Experience with databases such as SQL, MySQL, and SOLR. Experience with Windows and Linux server configuration and maintenance. Demonstrated track record developing and implementing user-centered digital projects. Experience applying or advising on digital preservation and storage best practices. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, oral, and written communication skills and strong service orientation.

PREFERRED CHARACTERISTICS: Demonstrated commitment to transformative approaches to the management of digital projects. Demonstrated appreciation of the data challenge (roles and actions for academic libraries). Experience with digital library, institutional repository and/or content management software such as CONTENTdm, DSpace, Drupal, Archon, ArchivesSpace, Archivists' Toolkit. Working knowledge of MARC and non-MARC metadata applications. Knowledge of library policies and statement of mission, goals, and objectives. Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office applications.

SALARY & BENEFITS: This is a renewable 11 month position with faculty status (lecturer, non‑tenure track). Competitive salary and generous benefits package, including 22 days of vacation.  To apply, please complete the online application process available on the Web at  Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments are preferred.  For questions regarding the online application process, contact Sherry Matson at (910) 962-3199.  Priority review of applications will begin April 1, 2015. Position start date is negotiable.  Under North Carolina law, applications and related materials are confidential personnel documents and not subject to public release.  Criminal background checks will be conducted on finalists prior to offers of employment.  For information about UNCW see; for information about Randall Library see; and for information about The University of North Carolina see

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