Digital Technologies Librarian

Clinton, NY
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Created: April 30, 2018



Hamilton College and its Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) division are trailblazers in supporting teaching, learning and faculty/student scholarship. In addition to the support provided for traditional library and IT services, LITS staff are actively engaged in efforts to support digital scholarship in innovative ways, including through the internationally recognized Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi). We are currently a part of the Building the Campus of the Future: 3D Technologies in Academe EDUCAUSE/HP research project, and are a member of national and regional consortia including the Oberlin Group, the Islandora Collaboration Group, the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges, and the Council on Library and Information Resources. LITS and Hamilton College have a strong commitment to the ongoing professional development of its employees, encouraging them to seek opportunities to expand and strengthen their skills.

We seek a collaborative, creative, strategic thinker to join LITS in the role of Digital Technologies Librarian to help support our ambitious initiatives. The incumbent will work alongside diverse faculty, student, librarian, and IT colleagues across campus and within open-source communities on projects that advance research, teaching, and learning.  

Reporting to the Director of Metadata and Digital Strategies, the Digital Technologies Librarian serves as a technical expert related to library digital collections software, standards and infrastructure. The position demands solid knowledge of core library systems and collections workflows, as well as the ability to think strategically about how to evolve systems to meet emerging needs. The incumbent will manage our digital collections systems as well as collaborate on digital humanities projects. This is the perfect professional opportunity for someone who would enjoy partnering with others to help guide Hamilton’s digital future and enhance scholars’ ability to pursue new avenues for learning and research.


Broadly responsible for the development and administration of current and emerging digital collection management systems, with a focus on how they integrate within and beyond the library, and how they are used by the diverse community of researchers, both at Hamilton College and beyond our campus.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Configure, maintain and enhance library digital collections software and interfaces. (Currently includes Islandora (Fedora / Drupal), CONTENTdm, Omeka.)

  • Ingest data and metadata of digital collections into the repository

  • Serve on and collaborate with the Digital Humanities Initiative Collection Development Team

  • Integrate digital collections with campus and consortial systems. (e.g. Alma/Primo, DPLA)

  • Collaboratively implement digital collection preservation systems


  • A Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent knowledge gained through education and work experience is required.

  • Experience with digital collections software is required, experience with Islandora is a plus.

  • Experience with scripting languages such as PHP, JavaScript, JQuery, and XSLT is required.

  • Knowledge of key components of the digital repository platform, Islandora which includes Drupal, MySQL, Solr, and FEDORA is desired.

  • Knowledge of tools and standards relevant to maintaining a digital repository: metadata schema (Dublin Core and MODS), data exchange formats (XML and RDF), text encoding standards (TEI and EAD), Web standards (HTML and CSS), programming languages (PHP, JavaScript, JQuery, and XSLT), and data query languages (SPARQL, SQL) is desired.

  • Comfortable at UNIX command line

  • Eager to learn and experiment with new technologies.

  • Able to overcome difficult technical challenges.

  • Experience working in an academic library is desired, an academic library in a small liberal arts college is a plus.

  • Demonstrated commitment to building and supporting diversity.

Application Instructions

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in all areas of the campus community.


Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 00:55 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 00:55 UTC