Omaha, NE: Asst Professor/Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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Created: April 7, 2016


The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) seeks an enthusiastic individual for the position of Assistant Professor / Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Reporting to the Director of Archives & Special Collections, the Digital Initiatives Librarian has the primary responsibility for leading the development and activities of the university’s digital collections, including planning for and administering tools, creating metadata, developing and conducting outreach initiatives, and assessing the effectiveness of initiatives and services. This position serves as the library’s leading resource on copyright, fair use, and open access issues. Leads the development of digital initiatives by providing a full range of collection management, metadata, and sustainability services and best practices. Supervises in-house and outsourced digitization. Contributes to and supports the digital and online presence of the library through the investigation, implementation, and enhancement of tools that assist with research, creativity, scholarship, and engagement. Fulfills requirements of faculty status in the areas of librarianship, scholarly activities, and service.

About the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, UNO is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.

UNO has a strong commitment to achieving diversity. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, women and persons of color.

Responsibilities and Duties

Digital Collections:

Leads the implementation, management, and assessment of discovery and repository tools for digital collections.

Leads digitization production and collaborates with colleagues to set priorities.

Coordinates development of metadata to support the discovery and management of digital content, such as digital scholarship, digitized collections, born-digital archives, and research data.

Serves as a resource for students and faculty with respect to data stewardship.

Evaluates feasibility of proposed projects and initiatives within the local environment; ensures that work plans with milestones and assessment plans are developed as part of any new initiatives.

Scholarly Communication:

Monitors developments in scholarly communication, open access, and related initiatives and communicates their implications to library and university stakeholders.

Advises on library policy issues raised by digital resources such as copyright policy, intellectual freedom issues, fair use, and related matters.

Outreach Services:

Coordinates workshops and training in support of the institutional repository and scholarly communication topics. Leads instruction of workshops and colloquia for digital scholarship tools and methods for faculty, students, and library staff.

Actively cultivates communication with stakeholders and content providers.

Acts as liaison to university and community partners as well as vendors when appropriate.

Conducts and contributes to departmental outreach when needed, such as presentations, exhibits, and publications.

Provides exceptional service in responding to research and reference inquiries as needed.

Supervision and Coordination:

Supervises the institutional repository coordinator.

Recruits, trains, and supervises student assistants.

Leads and directs work of other library personnel and student assistants when needed.

Other Job Responsibilities:

Develops and maintains current knowledge of advances in digital scholarship, information technology’s impact on libraries and archives, and other areas related to this position. Applies knowledge to continuously improving and advancing digital archives and digital project skills.

Participates in department, library, and university planning.

Develops and documents processes and procedures; periodically reviews and revises processes and procedures as needed.

Accepts and implements other duties as assigned.

Faculty Responsibilities:

Serves on library and/or university committees.

Participates in cross-departmental projects within the library.

Participates in professional activities, professional development, and scholarly research and publication activities as outlined in the "Guidelines on Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Recommendations for Faculty Members of the University Library".

Position will remain open until filled. Review of applications begins April 22, 2016.

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ALA accredited MLS degree or Master’s degree in Digital Humanities, History, Archives, or equivalent. Two years of related experience in an academic or research library. Minimum one year experience in digital conversion, file transfer, and file management. Minimum one year experience working with digital initiatives in a library environment. Minimum one year experience with metadata for digital objects. Knowledge of current metadata standards, such as Dublin Core, MODS, METS, and other emerging data standards. Demonstrated experiences with platforms used to host one or more of the following: digital collections or digital exhibits (e.g., Omeka, ContentDM), institutional repositories (e.g., Digital Commons), and/or digital publishing (e.g., Wordpress, Drupal). Background in and knowledge of digital scholarship, collections, and services. Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly publishing issues including copyright, open access, and authors’ rights. Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, organize and complete multiple projects. Ability to establish and maintain successful working relationships. Must be flexible and capable of working successfully individually as well as in teams in a changing library environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in preparing and delivering instruction. Previous supervisory experience. Second earned graduate degree.

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