Digital Applications Librarian, Oregon State University Libraries

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Created: December 17, 2008


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Digital Applications Librarian, Oregon State University Libraries

Oregon State University Libraries seeks a collaborative, innovative and service-oriented Librarian to develop and implement next generation digital access and storage systems. The incumbent joins an agile and innovative library that is responsible for the development of ScholarsArchive@OSU (the 8th ranked U.S. digital repository), internationally recognized digital collections, the Oregon Explorer natural resources digital library, the LibraryFind metasearch application, and countless other digital initiatives.

The Digital Applications Librarian is part of the Libraries’ Digital Access Services department and reports to the head of the department. The department supports the libraries’ continued transition to the digital information environment by providing digital access, and developing digital access tools, for the information resources that are essential to the research of the university and the citizens of Oregon. The department manages digital access and information management tools including the integrated library system, digital repositories, digital collections, link resolver, ejournal and database A-Z lists, proxy software, and other emerging applications. Department staff and librarians organize and provide access to all formats of library resources using these tools, and are increasingly responsible for facilitating open access to university-produced digital resources and to the libraries’ unique archival and special collections.

Position Responsibilities

The position investigates, recommends, implements and develops existing and emerging information management applications and technologies including the libraries’ DSpace and CONTENTdm digital repository systems and a next generation integrated library system. The first project for the incumbent will be the evaluation and implementation of a next generation integrated library system. The position maintains in-depth knowledge of digital repository and integrated library systems, particularly open source systems. The position assesses system effectiveness in meeting operational library needs such as circulation, acquisitions, serials, cataloging and metadata assignment. In addition, the position makes creative use of APIs, continually enhances and extends commercial, locally developed and open source applications, develops tools to enhance workflows and provides vision and leadership in the implementation of emerging information technologies. This is a tenure-track position that participates in scholarly research/publication and performs service activities in order to meet promotion and tenure requirements.

Required Qualifications

1) A Masters degree from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree from a computer science/information science program, as well as two or more years experience working in libraries or an academic setting.

2) Proficient in at least one object oriented language (C++, Java, Python).

3) Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.

4) Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse population.

5) Demonstrated experience with Unix or Linux server platforms, related software, and basic system administration utilities.

6) Creativity and strong analytical and problem-solving skills

7) Ability to learn new technical skills quickly; ability to meet deadlines; strong service orientation.

8) A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Preferred Qualifications

1) Hands-on experience implementing and managing library applications, digital repository systems or integrated library systems.

2) Experience implementing and developing open source library applications.

3) Working knowledge of CONTENTdm and DSpace digital repository systems.

4) Knowledge of XML, OAI-PMH and/or OAI/ORE.

Employment Conditions: This position is a full-time, 12-month, fixed annual tenure track appointment at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor. Appointment at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level will depend on the successful candidates’ record of achievement.Renewal is at the discretion of the University Librarian. Salary range of $42,000-$55,000 annually plus medical, dental and life insurance; staff tuition fee privileges for employee or a dependent at an Oregon University System school (restrictions apply). This position earns 15 hours of vacation and 8 hours of sick leave each month.

Application Procedure and deadline:

For a complete announcement, qualifications and application procedures see, posting 0003664. For full consideration, apply by January 19, 2009. OSU is an AA/EOE.

-- Ryan Ordway E-mail: Unix Systems Administrator OSU Libraries, Corvallis, OR 97331 Office: Valley Library #4657

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Ryan Ordway

XML Unix Python Java GNU/Linux DSpace CONTENTdm C API


Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 12:50 UTC

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