Digital Initiatives Librarian (position revised and reopened)

Rochester, New York
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Created: February 12, 2015


Digital Initiatives Librarian

The Wallace Center (TWC)
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT,) Rochester, New York

Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. The Wallace Center (TWC) is a new robust learning and scholarship center which blends essential library, faculty development, and multi-media services in a centrally located physical space. In its position as the heart of the university, TWC’s combination of cutting edge technology, creativity, innovation, and collaboration in a multidisciplinary environment enables it to provide exceptional service and support to the RIT community. 

The Digital Initiatives Librarian works collaboratively to: assess and implement initiatives related to digital content in the library, archives and special collections; develop and implement digital preservation strategies and policies, develop new digital library offerings; outreach to the campus on the library’s digital and open access projects and services; advance infrastructure supporting digital and archival library collections; and identify and help develop technologies for these purposes and in support of digital initiatives across campus.

This staff member will
• Lead TWC staff in the identification of digital resource needs and solutions.
• Identify and lead new digital and open access initiatives.
• Assist with staff training related to digital collections and technologies.
• Formulate policies, procedures and best practices for the production, management, and   
   preservation of digital content and metadata, technical workflow, quality control, and associated
   intellectual property issues. 
• Provide technical expertise in digital applications and lead the evaluation and implementation of
   technologies related to the management and dissemination of digital content, e.g. digital asset
   management system, institutional repository, and online exhibition tools. 
• Assist in identifying grant opportunities and work collaboratively to create proposals in support of
   digital collections, digital preservation projects and other digital initiatives. 
• Represent and champion digital preservation interests and other digital initiatives across the
   library and the campus. 
• Assist in providing training and outreach to the campus community about the institutional
   repository, digital collections and digital and open access projects and programs.

To be successful in this position requires engaging with and staying current on digital trends, technologies, and industry standards to provide direction and leadership for The Wallace Center in the rapidly changing digital environment.

Required Minimum Qualifications
• Experience managing and preserving digital collections, including familiarity with related
   standards, tools, and technologies.
• Experience with metadata schema and encoding (DC, MARC, OAI, EAD, METS, MODS, PREMIS,
   TEI, XML), and with the hardware and software required to create, store, organize and deliver
   digital content. Documented knowledge of best practices in digital projects and with large-scale
   scanning and digitization projects.
• Knowledge of copyright and permissions issues as they relate to digital repositories.
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of image, audio, video and multimedia capture
   and manipulation issues; experience with digital file formats and software.
• Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and to manage multiple projects and
   priorities successfully.
• Demonstrated commitment to customer service.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Required: Master’s degree in Library Science or related field.

This is a fulltime professional staff position.

How to Apply
In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter Digital Initiatives Librarian, or, in the Requisition Number field, enter 1576BR.   Required application documents are a resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter. Providing three references at the time of application is not mandatory, but appreciated.

Additional Details
The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources.

RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities.

RIT provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, veterans or wounded warriors where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Published: Thursday, February 12, 2015 17:08 UTC

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