Digital Public Library of America Coordinator

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Created: December 19, 2012


The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a Digital Public Library of America Coordinator who will be responsible to the Associate Director of the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) for metadata aggregation, creation and upgrade; project management; staff supervision; rights management; vendor and partner relations; and other duties related to the DLG’s participation in the Digital Public Library of America’s (DPLA) Hubs Project. As a hub for the DPLA, DLG will provide digital services to Georgia institutions, such as digitization, metadata, data aggregation and storage services. In addition, the DLG will host community outreach programs to bring users in contact with digital content of local relevance. This position is a 24-month, grant-funded position.

The award-winning Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative based at the University of Georgia Libraries. The DLG works together with Georgia's libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions of cultural heritage to provide access to the cultural and historical resources of the state of Georgia. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. These may include materials such as original manuscripts, typescripts, books, photographs, maps, sheet music, posters and broadsides, newspapers, primary source materials on microfilm, audio, video, and other formats. Each project is made available freely to the public as part of GALILEO.

The UGA Libraries is located on the university's main campus in Athens, Georgia, and its facilities include the Main Library, Science Library, Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Repository and Special Collections Libraries. Perennially rated as one of the nation's top college towns, Athens offers a vibrant place to work and live. With Atlanta 70 miles to the west, Athens offers good proximity to the city while maintaining a small-town culture and feel. The favorable climate supports an eco-friendly campus, and UGA is currently undergoing a major multi-step plan to convert much of the campus into pedestrian friendly green space. Information about Athens:


Guides projects to successful conclusions by making necessary adjustments in workflow; serving as a liaison between partner libraries and digitization vendors; and maintaining close communications with project partners.

Supervises staff by training, assigning and evaluating work.

Assists in setting and maintaining quality standards by contributing to and keeping abreast of digital library and metadata standards and best practices. Monitors quality control to ensure compliance with local and national standards. Maintains familiarity with evolving metadata schemes and digital library developments and monitors national and international developments.

Describes digital objects using national and local standards. This includes the application of AACR2, AMIM2, and the Dublin Core metadata standard and the gathering and recording of technical, preservation, structural, and rights-related metadata.

Engages in authority work to provide intellectual control over the application of subject headings, personal names, and place names as a component of the metadata process. Uses LCSH, Moving Image Materials Genre Terms, and Art and Architecture Thesaurus. Maintains the Digital Library of Georgia 's local database for controlling personal and place names in conjunction with the Library of Congress Authority File.

Collects, analyzes, and maps descriptive metadata from digital initiative partners to facilitate the creation of an interoperable portal.

Measures outputs by generating and collecting statistics.

Contributes to the mission of the Digital Library of Georgia by participating in the development and evaluation of policies and services, assessing user needs and satisfaction with learning outcomes, serving on appropriate committees, and maintaining an awareness of changes in allied departments.

Develops and maintains professional skills by participating in continuing education and professional development activities such as conferences, workshops, and committee work; by conducting research or writing for publication; or by engaging in other creative and learning activities.

Participates in library-wide communication by reading, responding to, and initiating information transmitted via the Library listserv, and appropriate library-wide or departmental meetings, and asking questions, seeking clarification, or initiating discussion on library issues.

Maintains awareness and acts upon changes and needs in the organization by assuming similar duties and responsibilities.


Required Qualifications:
ALA-accredited approved MLIS, or relevant Master's degree and Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) certification; Minimum of two years professional experience; Supervisory experience; Knowledge of AACR2, LCSH, Dublin Core metadata standard and familiarity with MARC and current cataloging/metadata trends; Familiarity with HTML or XML; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; Excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills; Ability to function as a contributing team member in a production-oriented environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
Familiarity with data content standards such as DACS and AMIM2, data structure standards such as EAD, METS, and MPEG7, and emerging preservation metadata best practices and guidelines preferred; Experience creating metadata, catalog records, or archival description preferably for non-book resources preferred; Digital library experience preferred; Degree in history, public history or American studies preferred.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary: $41,000. UGA librarians are non-tenured faculty members. UGA offers an attractive benefits program including a choice of health and retirement plans, dental plan, tuition remission and a relocation allowance; 21 days annual leave, 12 paid holidays.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send as three separate pdf documents their letters of application, complete resumes, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references by January 21, 2013 to: Jan D. Hudson, Human Resources Coordinator, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia 30602-1641 at

The University of Georgia and the UGA Libraries have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among its faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage persons of color to apply for these positions. The University of Georgia is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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