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Created: October 6, 2008


Head of Digital Library Initiatives

The Temple University Libraries have re-opened their search for the newly-created position of Head of Digital Library Initiatives, which offers the opportunity to lead a new service department in a library in the midst of dynamic growth, located in Philadelphia on the main campus of a vibrant, urban research university with over 1,700 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that was recently ranked most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, National Geographic Traveler’s “Next Great City,” visit http://www.temple.edu/about/. The successful candidate will bring to the position a combination of digital projects experience and an understanding and vision for building great digital collections. Reporting to the Senior Associate University Librarian, the Head of Digital Library Initiatives will build a digital library program at Temple, providing vision and leadership in the creation and delivery of digital content. S/he will work closely and collaboratively with senior administrators, special collections, technical services, computing staff, and others to ensure fast-paced development of digital library initiatives which respond to the needs of Temple’s community and align with collections and preservation priorities. These include digitization of special collections and other library materials in text, image, and video formats, the development of digital repository systems to preserve and make accessible the intellectual output of Temple University, and the implementation of discovery tools re! lated to these initiatives. In particular, the individual will • hire at least one additional information technologist; • with the additional position in place, supervise 4 full-time staff, as well as student assistants; • plan, prioritize, and coordinate or manage digitization production; • investigate and establish appropriate standards (technical, metadata, etc.) and quality control procedures; • coordinate the library’s web services; • maintain awareness and develop in-depth knowledge of new technology, relevant national standards and best practices, assessing and integrating these into library practices for best results as appropriate. Compensation: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package, including relocation expenses. Qualifications: Required: Master’s degree in Library Science, Information Science, Computer Science/Systems Management, Public History, or other allied discipline. Progressively responsible experience with the concepts and software/hardware applications used in organizing and presenting digital information. Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective programs, complex projects, and services. Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to handle complex analytical and detailed work. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a complex and rapidly changing environment. Preferred: The ideal candidate will present a strong combination of demonstrated experience and knowledge in many of the following areas: Metadata and associated functional standards, including XML/XSLT. Developing interfaces for Web resources including knowledge of database management principles and software. Knowledge of software systems such as CONTENTdm (which Temple has licensed), DSpace, Fedora. Knowledge of current digital library technologies, standards, and best practices. Obtaining grant funding and managing grant-funded projects.

Application: To apply for this position, please visit www.temple.edu, click on Jobs@Temple, and reference TU-11898. Complete the Online Application Form, and attach you cover letter and resume in a single electronic file. Temple University is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.


Jonathan LeBreton Senior Associate University Librarian Temple University Libraries (017-00) Paley Library room M-138 1210 West Berks St. Philadelphia PA 19122-6088 | voice: 215-204-3184 | fax: 215-204-5201 | lebreton@temple.edu | jonathan.lebreton@gmail.com



Published: Monday, October 6, 2008 16:08 UTC

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