Digital Content Services Librarian

New Haven
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Salary: 70000 - 100000
Created: December 9, 2022


Position Focus:

The Digital Content Services Librarian will report to the Director of Digital Special Collections and Access and will work within the Digital Special Collections and Access (DSCA) unit, part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (BRBL). DSCA provides leadership, services and strategic direction that enables access to digitized and born digital special collections content across Yale Library.

The Digital Content Services Librarian will lead services that build new digital collections for Yale Library, for inclusion in the Library’s Digital Collections System (DCS) or AV Access System (Aviary). 

The Digital Content Services Librarian will: Manage digitization projects from conception to delivery. Coordinate with multiple stakeholders, experts, and service providers on all phases, including idea generation, feasibility assessments and reviews, proposal generation, prioritization of projects, project planning, budgeting, preservation and conservation review, imaging or reformatting, metadata creation, ingest, testing, and promotion. Partner with Preservation Digital Strategies in determining appropriate digitization center or solution for digital projects. Supervise staff in the Beinecke Digital Services Unit, which includes metadata assistants and photographers. Supports teaching and learning with digital collections. Collaborates with Preservation Digital Strategies to help coordinate digitization services across YUL for both patron and project-based digitization workflows. Assists with increasing digitization capacity to make more special collections content available online. Leads efforts around digital storytelling, collaborating with Community Engagement and Communications & Marketing. Partners with Data Management, Analysis and Content team, within Technical Services, to manage ongoing enhancement, repair, remediation or reassociation work for both metadata and content in DCS. Assist units from across Yale Special Collections with planning, scoping and building new collections as well as enhancing existing collections. Champions reuse of content in DCS, and functionality to facilitate such reuse. Coordinates with AV Access Services Librarian to provide access to AV digital projects. Aid in the ongoing development and maintenance of DSCA service model. Acts as key liaison between DSCA and Preservation Digital Strategies; Collections, Research and Education and Data Management, Analysis and Content.

This position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 2 to Librarian 4. Librarian ranking information can be found at

Essential Duties

1. Manages projects and complex workflows related to digital collections and access 2. Serves on library committees, task forces or working groups, relevant to digital collections and access.  3. Works as part of a high performing collaborative team that supports Digital Special Collections and Access in achieving its vision, mission and shared goals 4. Champions innovation in relation to digital collections and access 5. Provides support and training for users across Yale Library, for digital collections tools and services 6. Provides decision making to aid with user focused enhancements to digital collections tools and platforms 7. Facilitates strong collaboration and communication with stakeholders across Yale Special Collections, as well as partners in Assessment and User Experience Research; Collections, Research and Education; Community Engagement; Library IT, Preservation and Conservation Services; Public Services and Operations; and Technical Services. 8. Is professionally active and keeps up to date on trends related to digital collections, digital stewardship, and access. 9. Advocates for responsible stewardship of library digital collection content 10. Champions the skills and services provided by Digital Special Collections and Access 11. Other duties as assigned

Required Education and Experience

Required Education and Experience:1. Master’s degree from an ALA‐accredited library school. 2. Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations. 3. Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly ever-changing environment.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Four or more years of project management demonstrated ability in support of large, complex, timebound projects.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated ability supervising a high performing team.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Strong collaboration, customer service, and communications skills.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated understanding of digitization challenges and solutions.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Demonstrated ability developing and leading a production focused service to provide online access to digitized and/or born digital library collections

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Experience with ArchivesSpace. Experience with Experience with Integrated Library Systems. Experience with International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). Understanding of digital stewardship and preservation principles. Substantial knowledge of and experience with digital and online resources.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

Certification / Qualifications in Project Management.


Published: Monday, December 12, 2022 16:23 UTC

Last updated: Monday, December 12, 2022 16:23 UTC