Position Announcement: Digital Library Architect, Penn State University

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Created: January 15, 2009


Digital Library Architect, Penn State University

The Division of Information Technology Services (ITS) at Pennsylvania State University is seeking a Digital Library Architect to provide vision for and direct the development of the technical architecture for enterprise-level Content Stewardship services.

An outcome of joint strategic planning conducted by Information Technology Services and the University Libraries (UL) in 2007/2008, the Content Stewardship program will meet extant and emerging digital content and asset management needs in areas such as digital library collections, scholarly communications, electronic record archiving, and e-science/e-research. Building on existing services and infrastructure, this program will put in place a cohesive and extensible suite of access, discovery, preservation, curation, security, repository, archival, and storage services. Initial applications for the Content Stewardship program include an electronic records repository, policy- and object-based storage infrastructure, and reassessment of the institutional ETD system.

Reporting to the ITS Senior Director of Digital Library Technologies, this position will work closely with the University Libraries’ Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communications, Assistant Dean for Technical Services, and the Head of the University Libraries’ Information Technology Department. The Digital Library Architect can anticipate working across all functional areas of both ITS and the UL.

The University Libraries will shortly be seeking a Digital Collections Curator to support the Content Stewardship program; this new position will focus on digital collection and repository services management and will work closely with the Digital Library Architect.


* Lead the design and development of the technical architecture for digital library applications, middleware, systems, and services. * Develop, publish, and maintain a roadmap for service and infrastructure implementation. * Collaborate on and contribute to strategic and tactical planning and implementation in the content stewardship domain. * With ITS and UL leadership, develop a Content Stewardship governance model that is inclusive of stakeholder and user needs. * Support existing content management policies, processes, and workflows, and contribute to the development of new ones. * Collaborate on the development and maintenance of service and project portfolio management in the content stewardship domain. * Work with existing digital library standing working groups and committees on the development and realization of common strategies, goals and work plans. * Apply service management principles and processes in both the development and operation of Content Stewardship services. * Collaborate on the development and promotion of best practices for content and data management. * Track technology trends and standards evolution, and contribute to developments in this field. * Engage in national and consortial efforts in the digital library domain, and seek mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations with peer institutions and in the private sector.

Qualifications and Requirements:

1. Bachelor degree in computer science or equivalent. Five to seven years experience in IT or research library domain. 2. Excellent oral and written communication skills. 3. Excellent analytical and organizational skills. 4. Demonstrated ability to lead complex and cross-organizational projects and guide diverse constituents towards common goals. 5. Demonstrated expertise in existing and emergent content and storage management standards and technologies. 6. Demonstrated success in and commitment to process improvement and excellent customer service.

About Information Technology Services:

Information Technology Services (ITS) is critical to the success of teaching, research, and business operations at Penn State. ITS provides the infrastructure and large-scale information technology tools that support students, faculty, and staff in their learning, teaching, research, outreach, administration, and support activities. ITS works in partnership with key areas of the University to jointly develop strategies that will anticipate future information technology needs to support Penn State's growth and evolution in the coming years. For more information, please visit http://its.psu.edu/

About Penn State University Libraries:

The Penn State University Libraries currently rank 12th in North America among private and public research universities, based on Association for Research Libraries data. In 2006 Washington Monthly, a political, inside-the-beltway publication, ranked Penn State 3rd in the nation among public universities in preparing students to benefit the nation. The Libraries hold membership in ARL, OCLC, CRL and the Digital Library Federation. Collections exceed 5 million volumes, including more than 68,000 current serial subscriptions. The University Libraries are located at University Park and 23 other campuses throughout Pennsylvania, with approximately 6,000 faculty and 42,000 students at University Park, and more than 82,000 students system wide. For more information, please visit http://www.libraries.psu.edu/ .

To submit an application for this position, please go to http://www.psu.jobs (job number 29484).

======================================================= Mairéad Martin Senior Director, Digital Library Technologies Information Technology Services The Pennsylvania State University

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Published: Thursday, January 15, 2009 12:44 UTC

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