Northwestern University Library
Position: Digital Preservation Librarian
Reports to: Head, Repository and Digital Curation
Summary: Reporting to the Head of Repository and Digital Curation, the Digital Preservation Librarian designs, coordinates and executes the day-to-day operations of repository preservation services for significant digitized and born-digital collections. The Digital Preservation Librarian will provide leadership and collaborate with library experts to help manage digitized and born digital collections for preservation and access, develop digital preservation policies, design and coordinate the implementation of and manage digital preservation workflows. Generally, the Digital Preservation Librarian will bring a proactive awareness of social responsibility, historical institutional biases, and ethics of digital preservation. This position will work closely with librarians and staff working on digital projects as well as advocate for the stewardship of the library’s digitized and born-digital collections.
Responsibilities:Contributes to leadership by facilitating a team of library experts in the realms of digital curation, metadata creation, digitization project management, and repository architecture in order to create, acquire, and archive digital objects for long-term preservation and access. Designs user-focused repository policies and workflows to support access, use, discovery, and preservation of digital collections for the research and scholarly communities we serve. Works closely with the software development and digitization team leads as well as personnel in IT infrastructure to design, implement and enhance repository services related to digital preservation.
Stewards library collections of high value through their full digital lifecycles. Counsels library curators on methods of preserving born-digital collections and digitized collections. Coordinates submission and archiving of digitized and born-digital collections of various formats into the library’s digital repository. Serve as a service manager for repository applications and communicate with internal and external users to promote services and troubleshoot service issues.
Monitors emerging trends and best practices in repository services, digital preservation, and digital reformatting. Participates actively in the library and preservation community through conference participation, external committee contributions, and teaching. Pursues lifelong professional development opportunities.
· Master’s degree in library and information science or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
· At least two years experience specializing in any combination of the following: repository management, digital reformatting for preservation and access, digital collection development, preservation, and access.
· Experience with agile project management methodologies a plus.
· Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
· Strong ability to plan, document, and complete projects.
· Excellent analytical, time management, organizational and problem-solving skills.
· Flexibility to work in a dynamic and changing environment with faculty, students, staff and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
Environment:Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, is a major private university with an extensive library system. This includes the Northwestern University Libraries, two branch libraries on the Evanston Campus, and three libraries on the Chicago Campus. Northwestern University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and participates in programs of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). Northwestern University Libraries participates in area studies initiatives of the Center for Research Libraries and Global Resources Network. The holdings of Northwestern University Libraries total over 4 million volumes.
To Apply:Send a single, PDF-formatted file containing letter of application, resume or vita, and names of three references to the attention of Jan Hayes, Director of Organizational Development, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications received by November 11, 2016 will receive first consideration.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.