Digital Collections Curator

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Created: August 4, 2015


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Job Title: Digital Collections Curator (Staff Assistant, SL-2)  
Application Deadline: 08-30-2015
Department: Library  
Full-Time or Part-Time: Full-Time  
Part-time %:
Salary: 50000 to 53000 (salary commensurate with experience and qualifications)  

Purchase College Library seeks an energetic and detail-oriented individual for the full-time, temporary (two year) position of Digital Collections Curator. The Digital Collections Curator manages Purchase College Library's locally created digital materials, taking a lead role in the creation, maintenance, and stewardship of digital collections, including the digitization of student scholarship and creative products, campus publications, visual resources, and special collections. Under the general supervision of the Art Librarian, the Digital Collections Curator will work collaboratively to maintain current discovery tools related to these initiatives and to investigate new tools. Additionally, the Digital Collections Curator will work collaboratively to select collections to be digitized; provide expertise in the acquisition of born digital collections; assure adequate storage for the digital collections and implementation of backup strategies; create and update documentation; promote the digital collections program; and assist in evaluation of the program. The successful candidate will establish priorities, manage projects, create workflows and identify digital collection development opportunities as informed by emerging trends and best practices in digital collection creation and management.

Additional responsibilities to include: Act as Project Manager in the development of a digitization program; establish institutional standards and guidelines for creating, managing, preserving, describing, and delivering digital collections; establish processes and procedures for the selection, intake, long-term preservation of and access to the Library's digital content; lead the ongoing assessment of digital resources and develop an engaged and collaborative community for building digital collections and archives; manage and coordinate the development, implementation, maintenance, and preservation of future digital projects, associated databases, and born digital records; establish digitization and metadata workflows for all digital resources in a variety of formats; develop a digital repository for assets, participate in collections development, assessments, and acquisition; develop processes for accessioning and preserving digital material including, but not limited to, historic photographs and documents, campus publications, student scholarship and creative products, and special collection materials; determine digital project staffing needs; hire, train, and supervise project interns, student workers, and/or staff; assist with collaborative grant writing and identification of additional funding sources for digital program initiatives

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Demonstrated project management experience in a highly collaborative environment, preferably in an academic institution
  • Minimum of one year of professional experience in digital initiatives, digital collections, or metadata services
  • Demonstrated technical experience with current digital collection technologies, standards, platforms, and equipment
  • Knowledge of the standards, technological framework, and best practices for digital capture, scanning, metadata creation, description, access, storage and preservation
  • Working knowledge of metadata cataloging standards and systems (e.g. VRA Core, Dublin Core, EAD)
  • Demonstrated computing skills and efficiency utilizing complex computing applications including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and Cloud-based storage solutions
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, especially for the purpose of describing technical issues
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree earned from an ALA-accredited Library/Information Science program.
  • Familiarity with CONTENTdm, Collective Access, and Artstor's Shared Shelf
  • B.A. in Art History (or related field), with knowledge of Art History, Architectural History, Photography, New Media, and Art and Design
  • Experience supervising and training student workers
  • Previous experience providing grant support and/or grant writing

Special Note:
Candidates are required to complete an on-line application via the College's job vacancy website and attach a resume specifying work experience and education, a cover letter (maximum one-page) expressing interest in the position and summarizing qualifications, and the names, addresses, and e-mail addresses (and phone numbers, if possible) of THREE (3) references (attach as "Other Document 1"), who can speak to your experience related to this position.

Phone calls, hard copy, or e-mail submissions of application materials will NOT be accepted.


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