Digital Projects Librarian

Philadelphia, PA
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Created: June 9, 2017


Come join the Digital Library Initiatives team at Temple! We seek an enthusiastic service-oriented Digital Projects Librarian to be involved in a range of collaborative projects that includes developing digitized collections and digital repositories for special collections and scholarly materials, as well as actively participating in the management of the Pennsylvania DPLA hub. Our new state-of-the-art library building, opening in 2018, is just one reason to explore your future at Temple Libraries.​ Temple University is a vibrant, urban research university with over 1,700 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Head of Digital Library Initiatives, the Digital Projects Librarian oversees a portfolio of digital library projects, provides the project coordination and technical know-how needed to complete projects successfully, and works in close collaboration with other librarians and archivists, IT staff, external vendors, and other stakeholders. Takes an active role in grant-supported and multi-institution projects, such as PA Digital, the Pennsylvania hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Coordinates and optimizes ongoing workflows in the realm of digitization, metadata creation, digital object publication, and digital preservation. Explores and helps implement new software frameworks to support the creation, delivery, and preservation of digital objects. Supervises two staff members and oversees the work of one more staff member and several student workers. Maintains in-depth knowledge of national standards and best practices in the digital library field. The Librarian is also expected to participate in library-wide activities and committees, be active professionally, and meet the requirements for contract renewals, promotion, and regular appointment. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library Science and 2 years of relevant experience.

Required Skills and Abilities:

*Excellent project management skills including interpersonal and team leadership skills, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.   

*Experience with digitization workflows for one or more media types (e.g., images, text, audio/video) and ability to optimize workflows for productivity.

*Experience with at least one digital object repository and/or delivery system (e.g., CONTENTdm , Hydra, Islandora, or Omeka), including setting up new collections and customizing instance-wide settings.

*Experience with metadata standards (such as Dublin Core, MODS, and OAI-PMH), development of metadata profiles and mappings, and bulk uploads.

*Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and software platforms, and train staff accordingly.

*Demonstrated supervisory abilities.

*Familiarity with copyright issues as they relate to the digitization and publication of materials from special collections and other areas of the library.

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

*Experience with born-digital materials and web archiving, and understanding of digital preservation best practices.

*Experience with metadata cleaning and repurposing, for instance using Open Refine, XML/XSLT or Python.

*Experience with the management of grant-funded and/or multi-partner projects. Experience with Agile-style project management.

*Experience teaching training sessions and webinars.


Competitive salary and benefits package, including relocation allowance.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply:

To apply for this position, please visit, click on Careers At Temple at the bottom of the home page, and reference 17002281.  For full consideration, please submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.

Last updated: Monday, June 12, 2017 21:14 UTC