Southeast Asia Digital Librarian

Ithaca, NY
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Salary: $52,500 - $58,000
Created: January 15, 2020


Cornell University Library seeks a Southeast Asia Digital Librarian to fill a new position created to support the growth of digital library holdings in Southeast Asian Studies among the libraries with Southeast Asia collections in the United States, and in some cases, similar collections internationally. The position is initially funded by the Henry Luce Foundation as part of a project called The Southeast Asia Digital Library: A new approach to building and curating a digital library.

Based in the John M. Echols Collection on Southeast Asia at Cornell’s Ithaca, NY campus, the Southeast Asia Digital Librarian reports to the Curator of the Echols Collection. This person will have responsibility to coordinate digital library work between the Echols Collection, other departments within Cornell University Library, participating library partners, including Ohio University Library (overall grant administration), Northern Illinois University Library (host of the Southeast Asia Digital Library) and other participating institutions.

The Southeast Asia Digital Librarian actively participates in local and national discussions relating to the access, retrieval, description, and management of shared digital resources in the field of Southeast Asian Studies.

Key Opportunities:

  • Contribute to the ongoing development of a multi-institutional digital library project
  • Collaborate with librarians from across the country and around the world as they re-envision the digital library environment for Southeast Asian Studies
  • Contribute to building a body of knowledge at the intersection of technology and culture
  • Play an active role in professional organizations inside and outside of the Cornell University Library community

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the librarians managing Southeast Asia library collections in the US and abroad to produce ideas for digitization projects within and between their collections
  • Collaborate with other librarians to write grant proposals to support digitization efforts at the various Southeast Asia collections
  • Lead projects to digitize Southeast Asia related content and collect born digital resources
  • Work closely with staff at NIU libraries who manage the Southeast Asia Digital Library (SEADL) to plan and manage projects to maintain and expand the library
  • Provide guidance in the various aspects of digital libraries, especially as related to Southeast Asian Studies, such as metadata and digitization standards, storage and preservation of digital assets, cost estimates for digitization work, etc., in consultation with experts in each of these and other related areas
  • Plan for and help implement tools that will give researchers new options to utilize the digital objects in the SEADL and at the various institutions supporting SEA studies
  • Participation in the CORMOSEA meetings held before the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meetings is expected, as is at least one annual trip to meet with staff managing the SEADL
  • Travel to conferences, workshops or other training opportunities in digital librarianship will be supported depending on the availability of funding

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrated knowledge in one or more areas related to digital libraries
  • Interest in and aptitude for learning new technologies and standards
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Strong service orientation and interest in library users’ values and needs
  • Excellent communication and analytic skills, including the ability to work well in a team-based environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working on collaborative digital library projects
  • Demonstrated interest in or knowledge of any of the peoples, cultures, languages or countries of Southeast Asia

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Environment: One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. With an operating budget of over $58 million and a diverse and innovative staff of more than 400, the Library provides significant collaborative opportunities in support of 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, and responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning. Cornell University Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance.

The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of cultural activities while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the "foodiest" towns in America.

Benefits: Our comprehensive benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, university retirement contributions, childcare and adoption assistance, and child tuition reimbursement. Professional travel funding is available to support research. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at . The anticipated academic rank for this position is either Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian, with an anticipated salary range of $52,500-$58,000.

How to Apply: Candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site: . Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified; submission prior to February 11, 2020 is strongly encouraged. Please submit one document that contains a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references (pdf preferred).
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