Digital Projects Librarian

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Created: May 26, 2015


 An exciting opportunity exists to participate in transforming a medical history collection as a companion to the Mütter Museum.  The transformed collection will be integrated with the Mütter Museum in embracing 21st century technologies and social patterns of information usage to achieve new modes of discovery and scholarship within medical humanities. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia seeks a Digital Projects Librarian who is detail oriented and knowledgeable about current trends and methodology in digitization to be a core contributor to this transformation.

The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (Birthplace of American MedicineSM) is one of the largest medical history collections in the United States with over 325,000 volumes including monographs, journals, manuscripts, archives, prints, photographs, pamphlets, and incunabula.  It was designated a historical library in 1996 to recognize its function as a repository for the history of medicine.

Responsibilities:  Reporting to the College Librarian, the Digital Projects Librarian will manage a portfolio of digital library projects, providing the project management framework and technical know-how needed to complete projects successfully. The Digital Projects Librarian explores, recommends, and helps implement software tools and frameworks to support digital library activities. S/he creates and maintains work procedure documentation, provides training and support to the library staff involved with projects and services, and participates in the gathering and analysis of use data. Maintains in-depth knowledge of national standards and best practices in the realm of metadata and digitization. The librarian will participate in library-wide projects and activities and is expected to be active professionally.

Requirements:  Candidates will have a graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution.  Candidates should have a minimum of one year’s experience in developing and managing digital assets, and creating metadata in support of digital image libraries and/or exhibitions. Candidates should have working knowledge of HTML, CSS, XML, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, MySQL, Apache, and JRE (Java Runtime Environment).  Candidates should have working knowledge of cataloging and metadata standards and schema, including MARC, XML, EAD, DACS, LCSH and MeSH.  Experience with Dublin Core is essential.  Experience using content management systems, such as Omeka, is essential.  Experience using AWS (Amazon Web Services), or some web/system administration experience is essential. Experience with Archives Space preferred.  Experience supervising student interns, ability to perform copy cataloging and excellent project management skills are preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits.  This is a full-time, regular, exempt position.

Candidates must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time, be able to walk up and down multiple flights of stairs, and be able to carry a 20 pound box for a minimum of 20 feet. 

To apply:  Send a cover letter which addresses the requirements listed here, a CV, and names/contact information of three references.  Review of applications begins June 22, 2015 and continues until the position is filled.  Electronic submissions only.  Submit applications to

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