HathiTrust Digital Library has an opportunity for a collaborative and service-focused individual to plan and manage the activities that will enhance HathiTrust membership, member engagement with HathiTrust services, and communications that convey the values of membership.
HathiTrust is a growing partnership of research and academic libraries that are working together to ensure permanent access to the record of human knowledge. HathiTrust was founded in 2008 to develop a common good approach to the development of library collections and services at the largest possible scale. Today HathiTrust’s member libraries number more than 125 worldwide. Together they support a certified trusted digital repository, which holds more than 15 million digitized books, and a number of programs that extend the power of this collection:
The HathiTrust Research Center, based at the University of Illinois and Indiana University, develops and offers services supporting advanced computational research using the HathiTrust collections.
The HathiTrust Shared Print Program secures retention commitments at member libraries for print holdings that mirror book titles in the HathiTrust digital collection.
The HathiTrust U.S. Federal Documents Program expands digital access to all U.S. federal publications by building a comprehensive HathiTrust digital collection of federal documents.
The Member Engagement and Communications Specialist will lead and develop our efforts to engage our members more in HathiTrust’s development and encourage them to take advantage of our services. The individual who joins our team will have the chance to help build our community and to develop and execute communications strategies to do so. The successful candidate will be service minded, dedicated to our mission, and excited to elucidate the mission, values, and services of HathiTrust for its members, for the library and academic community, and for the wider world.
This position at the University of Michigan reports to the HathiTrust Director of Services and Operations. The HathiTrust Member Engagement and Communications Specialist is an employee of the University of Michigan and operates within the rules and policies of the University of Michigan. Relocation to Ann Arbor, MI is required. This position will be a full-time, three-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal.
Bachelor's degree in library science, journalism, English, communications, public relations, or a related field. For appointment as a librarian, an ALA-accredited master’s degree, or a relevant advanced degree, is required.
Demonstrated experience developing and implementing communication strategies with multiple media vehicles including print, web, and social media.
Ability to work both collaboratively and autonomously, and to interact effectively with colleagues in HathiTrust, across the University, and with constituents from a wide variety of member institutions.
Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Strong customer service mindset.
Ability to set priorities, handle multiple assignments and deadlines, and display excellent judgment and attention to detail while functioning in a flexible and professional manner.
Ability to travel within the United States 3-5 times per year, in addition to conference travel and professional development travel.
Master's degree in library/information science, communications, journalism, English, public administration, nonprofit administration, or a related field.
Experience working with libraries, non-profit organizations, and/or higher education institutions.
Familiarity with digital library and library information technology concepts and requirements, e.g., digitization processes, text and graphic file formats, trusted repository requirements, descriptive and technical metadata.
Familiarity with core library information processes and technologies, e.g., ILS systems, MARC cataloging, search strategies, research services support.
Experience developing website content using Drupal or similar content management system, HTML coding, and CSS.