Digital Infrastructure Librarian

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Created: March 11, 2015


This is a new position at the University of Idaho Library. Come work with a great team of librarians in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. We are working on many exciting digital projects and we hope to find someone who would be excited to work on a broad array of projects.

About the Position

The University of Idaho Library invites applications from innovative and service-oriented individuals for the position of Digital Infrastructure Librarian. The person in this position will work closely with the Head of Technical Services, members of the Data and Digital Services unit, the staff of the Technical Services Department, and the Northwest Knowledge Network (the university’s data management service center).

An ideal candidate will have strong analytical skills, an agile and flexible approach to working with technology, and the ability to adapt to an evolving environment. The University of Idaho library currently has established digital collections, extensive geospatial data resources, and is implementing an institution-wide instance of VIVO. As a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the library collaborates extensively with thirty-six other academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest.
As a member of the University of Idaho faculty, the successful candidate is expected to participate in planning and governance, to be able to work comfortably in a shared decision-making environment, and to be active professionally in research, outreach and professional service.

An ideal candidate will be intellectually curious with a desire for continuous learning, enthusiastically contribute to the University’s research, teaching and outreach programs, explore emerging technologies with regard to potential library applications, and be committed to the ideals of faculty service.

Job Duties: 

Teaching and Learning:

The successful applicant will support the University of Idaho’s mission by making information resources available, findable, and usable by: providing support for digital and data initiatives in the Library, primarily for metadata and associated technologies; developing, implementing, and refining metadata, ontologies, and controlled vocabularies to enhance information organization, discovery, and use; efficiently managing large sets of metadata records; overseeing interoperability of library systems (e.g., harvesting records for display in the library’s discovery interface); and serving as a resource to library employees for questions concerning database maintenance, metadata standards, interoperability of systems, and workflow.

There are also Scholarly, Outreach, and Service portions of the job duties.

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Preferred Qualifications
  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent
  • Coursework, training, or experience with Dublin Core or discipline-specific descriptive metadata schemas, e.g. FGDC-CSDGM or DDI.
  • Coursework, training, or experience with XML and XSLT.
  • Ability to work effectively, independently, and collaboratively in a collegial environment.
  • Ability to meet requirements for promotion and tenure.
  • Excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
Desired Qualifications
  • Non-MARC metadata coursework beyond the basic or introductory level.
  • Informatics, research data management, digital archives, or GIS background.
  • Demonstrated ability to use scripting language(s) to transform metadata.
  • Experience with HTML/CSS and other web technologies.
  • Experience with metadata on a professional or paraprofessional level (preferably in an academic library).
  • Experience implementing, maintaining, and configuring library applications and systems.
  • Familiarity with METS and MODS.
  • Experience working in an academic library, particularly with data management systems or institutional repositories.
  • Research interests that could lead to scholarly publication.


Published: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 21:56 UTC

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