Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator

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Created: August 26, 2012


The Cornell University Library is seeking a Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator. Reporting to the AUL for Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services (DSPS), the Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator will provide leadership in conceptualizing and implementing new digital scholarship and preservation initiatives with a focus on needs assessment, requirements analysis, and business planning. One of the key responsibilities will be facilitating the implementation of CUL’s scholarly communication outreach program by partnering with subject liaisons to understand service needs, coordinate awareness sessions, and facilitate forming new partnerships with faculty in pursuing digital research and teaching initiatives.

The Cornell University Library's DSPS program facilitates collaborations within the Cornell University community in the creation and management of digital scholarly content in support of learning, teaching, and research. The program also has a national and international presence and facilitates sharing and archiving of content through online repositories such as e-publishing systems or institutional and subject repositories such as Program staff work closely with the Library's IT group in developing technical solutions; collaborate with the Library's departmental liaisons and subject specialists in identifying needs and delivering services; and partner with faculty in using information technologies to enhance teaching and research activities.

The main responsibilities include:
  • Lead a diverse range of DSPS initiatives including setting requirements, developing project plans and timelines, coordinating initiative implementation, conceptualizing innovative solutions, overseeing project staff, managing budgets, assessing project outcomes, and communicating with project team members and clients.
  • Collaborate with subject liaison librarians to promote CUL’s digital scholarship and scholarly communication services, increase awareness about current scholarly communication issues, assess faculty needs for services and adjust CUL services accordingly, create new workshops and forums for faculty and researchers in related topics (e.g., personal archiving, open access).
  • Participate in initiatives addressing long-term stewardship and access to collections including sustainability programs.
  • Manage the Cornell Copyright Information Center, including the delivery of the workshop series, development of the website, creation of new information materials, and provision of copyright clearance and intellectual property rights services and consultancies.
  • Supports and serve as a resource to colleagues in developing digital projects and web applications.
  • Develop and modify policies, processes, and workflows for system-wide use to improve lifecycle management strategies for digital initiatives.
  • Maintain awareness and develop in-depth knowledge of relevant new information technologies, national and international standards and best practices – integrates them to CUL workflows and practices.
  • Represent the Library within Cornell and external initiatives.

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably with background in information science, library science, or instructional design
  • Interest in assuming a dynamic role in a vibrant, fast-paced, and innovative environment with emphasis on team work
  • Thorough understanding of lifecycle management issues and processes involved in creating and managing digital initiatives from technical, business, and policy perspectives·
  • Competency in budgeting and fiscal planning, assessment and evaluation, and service management
  • Analytical and social sciences research skills to gather, analyze, and present data
  • Excellent project management skills with experience in overseeing complex technology-based projects.
  • Background or a good understanding of copyright and information policy issues.
  • Familiarity with instructional technologies and technology-enhance teaching, learning, and research – especially in regard to the role and potential of technologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse project teams, especially with faculty and researchers.
  • Ability to create and maintain websites/wikis, use social media, write reports, and contribute to grant proposals
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact effectively with faculty, staff, scholars, donors, community leaders, administrators, and students.
  • Ability to lead workshops and explain complex terms to a varied audience
  • Good organizational skills with ability to work independently and creatively.
  • Minimum 2-3 year experience in related program areas.
  • Graduate degree highly desired
  • More than 3 years’ experience in an academic or research setting  highly desirable
  • Experience in grant writing is highly desirable.
  • Previous library or academic research experience is strongly desired.

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