Digital Media Librarian

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Created: October 23, 2012


Digital Media Librarian 
Academic Services/ Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art
Division: Academic Affairs
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to (Position Title): Director, Decker Library                
Work Schedule: 8:30 am -4:30 pm (M-F), one day a week 11am -7 pm
Job Code & Description: S7200, Librarian

The Digital Media Librarian is responsible for the operation of the Media Resources Collection (MRC), including digital images, the slide collection, material collection, videos and films; and for providing leadership with the on-going integration of analog and digital media technology and services. This includes establishing departmental polices and procedures, budget management, database administration and implementing collection initiatives in collaboration with the Director of the Decker Library.

Summary of Essential Functions:
•   Manage the daily operations of the Media Resources Collection and services
•   Plan and allocate budget in collaboration with the Director of the Decker Library
•   Manage the digital asset portion of the Integrated Library System (SirsiDynix Portfolio)
•   Supervise digital image and collections cataloging
•   Participate in collection development and outreach for still and moving image collections

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
•   Manage MRC staff and oversees daily departmental operations, including hiring and evaluating staff.
•   Develop collection of still and moving images for instruction, research and preservation purposes.
•   Select, acquire and maintain collections.
•   Explore new technologies and provide innovative ways to offer digital materials in support of teaching and learning.
•   Oversee processing and cataloging for the image collection.
•   Establish polices and ensure best practices are followed for cataloging, creation and storage of analog and digital media, in coordination with the Catalog Librarian as necessary.
•   Manage and oversee the organization and appearance of the digital asset management system.
Coordinate with the Systems Specialist to manage the related portion of the ILS system.
•   Work with librarians and staff responsible for online resource collection development, acquisition,
maintenance and user discovery.
•   Provides reference, instruction and one-to-one research appointments, including participation in the Personal Librarian program.
•   Coordinate the acquisition and inclusion of institutional archive materials in the MRC collection.
•   Provide reference and circulation services to patrons.
•   Participate in local and national professional organizations as well as library related projects and institution-wide committees as needed.
•   Perform other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•   Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging metadata and cataloging standards including MARC, METS, MODS, VRA core, Dublin core, XML, TEI, and best practices for digital collections.
•   Familiarity with integrated library systems and relational database management.
• Knowledge of, and interest in relevant analog and digital media formats and experience with computer technologies, digitization protocols and digital copyright.
•   Familiar with proper handling of archival materials, photographic media and fragile special collections.
•   Excellent technical and interpersonal skills, including the ability to foster a collegial work environment that encourages change and innovation.
•   Ability to interact effectively and work productively, cooperatively, and collaboratively with a variety of individuals and groups in a complex and rapidly changing environment.
•   Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects and services.
•   Ability to solve problems and prioritize work effectively.
Minimum qualifications:
•   Masters degree in Library or Information Science
•   Budget management and collection development experience with still and moving images
•   Knowledge of art and the use of visual resources in an academic context
•   3-4 years visual resources experience in an academic or museum setting
•   1-2 years supervisory experience

Preferred Qualifications:
•   Bachelors, or Masters degree or strong educational background in Studio Art, Art History or related field
•   Experience supervising digital projects
•   Experience managing a visual resource center including supervision of student workers

Reporting to this position: 2.5 FTE (Media Coordinator, Patron Services Assistant, Media Resources
Collection Assistant)

Conditions of Employment:
•   Conditions: Background Check
•   Must work at least one evening a week

Physical demands and work environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
•   Physical Demands: While performing the duties of job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
•   Work environment: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal to moderate.
•   Required training: Handbook orientation, Anti-Harassment, Hazard Communication, Emergency
Plans & Fire Prevention, Personal Protection Equipment. (additional training may be added, SEE: EHS Manager training schedule)

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