The Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame is seeking a motivated, outgoing, and dedicated individual to support our growing digital collections needs. The Digital Collections Librarian will be responsible for developing, managing, and providing guidance on digital collections that are created by the library and other units around the University.
Reporting to the Head of Digital Production, the preferred candidate will work closely with the Libraries’ digital production, IT development, and resources description units to consult on projects as well as to manage content. The individual will ensure effective and efficient capture and ingest of an increasing amount of digital content by applying professional skills in project management and digital collection development.
As a member of the Library Faculty, the Digital Collections Librarian is expected to pursue opportunities for engagement with the broader professional community as well as to contribute to the growth and development of the field through leadership and scholarship.
The Digital Collections Librarian manages locally-created digital materials, taking a lead role in the creation, maintenance and stewardship of these digital collections for the libraries. Ensures that ongoing digitization work and special projects move forward through team-based collaborations.
Establishes priorities, manages projects, creates workflows and identifies digital collection development opportunities as informed by emerging trends and best practices in digital collection creation and management.
In support of the digitization and description of manuscripts and other rare collections, works with curators in the Rare Books & Special Collections and University Archives to:
Refine and develop digital collection standards and processes
Provide training and support to curators and other members of the units to assist them in creating records for enhanced presentation, discoverability, and interoperability of digitized special collections
For targeted faculty or special collections projects, coordinates and/or assists with loading batches of metadata and material for ingest into the institutional repository and other tools
Ingests digital collections contributions of the Hesburgh Libraries to external partner projects such as HathiTrust, Internet Archive, APTrust, and DPLA to strengthen the presence of Notre Dame’s specialized collections within these collaborative projects.
Develops, implements, documents and communicates strategies for metadata and authority control applied to a collection, potentially in collaboration with Resource Acquisitions & Discovery (RAD) staff.
Leads and directs any mapping or reuse of existing metadata, from MARC records, EAD Finding Aids, spreadsheets, or other sources, to repurpose data programmatically, reducing the amount of manual work spent on metadata creation and improving efficiencies for metadata creation carried out by the unit or in collaboration with RAD staff.
Creates and maintains documentation on digital collections workflows, metadata standards, and project procedures. Tracks and communicates production throughput and productivity.
In coordination with the Libraries’ copyright support team, assesses possible licensing or other rights concerns with archiving and sharing a collection.
In conjunction with the Head of Digital Production, assist Notre Dame faculty, staff, and students in curating meaningful digital collections and scholarly content in Notre Dame’s institutional repository and other potential tools.
In support of internally-created digital collections needs, 20% of this individual’s time is devoted to acting as the Product Owner for DEC, the Libraries’ locally-developed digital exhibits and collections tool, and serves as a member of the oversight team for CurateND to:
Documents user needs and feedback through outreach and consultation with library and campus customers.
Shapes the product vision and requirements of digital tools to facilitate management and sharing of digital collections according to customer needs. Helps prioritize the backlog of new features and enhancements.
In collaboration with technical leads, selects features for development by the Web & Software Engineering Unit and/or Digital Library Technologies Unit
Salary and Benefits:
Appointment salary and rank are competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Digital Collections Librarian is a non-tenure track member of the Library Faculty. The University offers an excellent benefits and annual vacation package.
The University of Notre Dame is a highly selective national Catholic teaching and research university in northern Indiana about ninety miles from Chicago. Approximately 8,200 undergraduates and 3,100 graduate students pursue a broad range of studies. For more information about the University of Notre Dame, please visit the University of Notre Dame homepage at http://nd.edu/. The Hesburgh Libraries (http://library.nd.edu) hold about 3.5 million volumes and provide access to more than 23,000 serials. The Libraries have 141 staff and 57 librarians. The Libraries are a member of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI), ARL, NERL and other consortia. The University of Notre Dame is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer strongly committed to diversity. We value qualified candidates who can bring a variety of backgrounds to our community.
Further details & application instructions:
Review of applications will begin on November 13, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.
This position posting and additional information about Hesburgh Libraries can be found on the Libraries’ website: http://www.library.nd.edu/about/employment/
For additional information about working at the University of Notre Dame and various benefits available to employees, please visit http://hr.nd.edu/why-nd. The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program (http://hr.nd.edu/employment-opportunities/dualcareer/) in place to assist relocating spouses and significant others with their job search.
ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent advanced graduate degree is required. This individual should possess an understanding of issues related to institutional repositories, such as collection management and intellectual property issues. Experience working with both large and small digital collections including metadata, licensing, and quality control of materials; working knowledge of current metadata standards such as Dublin Core, MARC, EAD, MODS, and METS. Knowledge of appropriate digital library technologies and related accepted best practices, digital curation, and web-based applications; evidence of creative thinking about library services and technologies. Demonstrated desire to connect people and information; excellent organizational skills, and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects; ability to analyze, implement and adapt to evolving technologies. Outstanding oral and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment, including colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni. Preferred qualifications:
Experience working with digital repository and digital preservation systems, especially Fedora and Preservica. Experience working as a product owner for a technology project, gathering requirements and setting development priorities.
The University of Notre Dame is a Catholic academic community of higher learning, animated from its origins by the Congregation of Holy Cross. The University is dedicated to the pursuit and sharing of truth for its own sake. As a Catholic university, one of its distinctive goals is to provide a forum where, through free inquiry and open discussion, the various lines of Catholic thought may interse...ct with all the forms of knowledge found in the arts, sciences, professions, and every other area of human scholarship and creativity.The University prides itself on being an environment of teaching and learning that fosters the development in its students of those disciplined habits of mind, body, and spirit that characterize educated, skilled, and free human beings. In addition, the University seeks to cultivate in its students not only an appreciation for the great achievements of human beings but also a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression that burden the lives of so many. The aim is to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.Notre Dame also has a responsibility to advance knowledge in a search for truth through original inquiry and publication. This responsibility engages the faculty and students in all areas of the University, but particularly in graduate and professional education and research. The University is committed to constructive and critical engagement with the whole of human culture.