Digital Content Management Librarian

Cambridge, MA
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Created: March 29, 2019


The Digital Content Management Librarian works primarily to support the digital asset and content management needs of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), including Gutman Library, the Teaching and Learning Lab, Programs in Professional Education, Information Technology, and other units. Reporting to the Collections Strategist and Scholarly Communication Librarian, the incumbent supports digital and analog management of the Library’s core collections and special collections.
The Digital Content Management Librarian serves as an active member of both Gutman Library’s Digital Scholarship & Scholarly Communications Team, and Research Services Team. The position leverages digital repositories, publishing systems, and other platforms to support HGSE’s curricular, research, and strategic priorities.
Duties & Responsibilities
Specific areas of responsibilities include:
Content Management Duties

  • Develop and oversee HGSE’s content management process that addresses the full lifecycle of digital content (e.g. creation, copyright, licensing, storage, retention, preservation, cleaning, and reuse).
  • Identify a repository and publishing solution for managing, organizing, and distributing HGSE community content, possibly including digital learning objects and modules, digital scholarship projects and e-portfolios, open educational resources, digital exhibits, research data collections, restricted licensed collections, etc.
  • Oversee documentation, training, and policies on repository use and processes, including continual review and ongoing optimization of workflows.
  • Coordinate with existing repositories administered by the Harvard Library, including the Digital Repository Service (DRS) and Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH); complementary projects undertaken by the Harvard Library Digital Strategies & Innovations unit; and those administered by HUIT, such as Digital Assets for Reuse in Teaching (DART), to design connected workflows or interoperability.
  • Oversee workflows related to collecting, storing, and preserving HGSE faculty intellectual output in the university’s institutional repository, DASH.

Research, Teaching, and Learning Duties

  • Work closely with other Gutman Library units and personnel, including both the Research and Writing Services Teams, to integrate digital scholarship and repository support into the Library's overall service offerings (e.g. instruction, discovery, preservation, research, etc.).
  • Collaborate with the Special Collections Team to develop digital exhibits and serve as the lead functional liaison to faculty, departments, and other librarians working with digital exhibit technologies and services.
  • Collaborate with the Digital Scholarship & Scholarly Communications Team to explore and develop innovative digital library initiatives and services to support evolving models of research, such as the creation of digital scholarship, the curation of open educational resources, etc.
  • Provide library instruction via research consultations, reference queries, or curriculum-integrated classes.

Other Duties

  • Participate in Gutman Library, HGSE, and Harvard Library-wide activities and committees.

The Digital Content Management Librarian should possess:

  • An active awareness and broad understanding of current issues in digital scholarship and scholarly communication, including emerging trends, technologies, methods, and best practices as they relate to institutional and digital repositories.
  • Ability to effectively communicate these issues to HGSE faculty, staff, students, and other members of the University community.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral skills, including presentation and teaching skills.
  • Ability to use technology in creative ways to solve problems and facilitate workflows.
  • Careful attention to detail and rigor in documentation.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library or information science, archives, or another advanced degree in a related field.
  • Demonstrated relevant work experience in an academic or research environment.
  • Demonstrated initiative and leadership in developing user-centered digital repositories or related library services.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and software platforms, and to effectively train or teach others in their use.
  • Demonstrated understanding of digital library standards and practices, data standards, and standards for multimedia content, metadata, controlled authorities, and user experience.
  • Knowledge of digital formats (e.g. image, audio, video, data, object, text, etc.) and their associated best practices for online access and digital preservation.
  • Experience managing and describing digital content in at least one digital object repository and/or delivery system (e.g. Digital Commons, DSpace, Samvera, Islandora, Widen, etc.).
  • Experience with basic data reporting/usage statistics, along with skilled proficiency with using potential database technologies (e.g. Oracle, etc.)


  • Applicants wishing to be considered must submit a cover letter in addition to their CV. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience gathering user requirements and working with software developers.
  • Experience with metadata standards (e.g., Dublin Core, MODS, OAIPMH, etc.), development of metadata profiles and mappings, and bulk uploads.
  • Knowledge of tools and techniques such as OCR, Photoshop, and multimedia digitization (e.g., imaging, audio, video, etc.).
  • Knowledge of data cleaning, data repurposing, and programming or scripting languages (e.g., Open Refine, MySQL, PHP, XML, XSLT, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, etc.).
  • Knowledge of bibliometrics, altmetrics, digital literacy, and information literacy.
  • Ability to create and maintain a scholarly research agenda related to the position’s duties and responsibilities.

Additional Information

We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.

Job Function: Library

Location: USA - MA - Cambridge

Department: LIB

Time Status: Full-time

Union: 98 - Non-Union Non-Exempt incl GF

Salary Grade: 057

Pre-Employment Screening: Education, Identity

Schedule: M-F 7 hours per day

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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