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Digital Archivist and Institutional Repository Librarian

Posting Details

Posting Information

Position Title Digital Archivist and Institutional Repository Librarian
Department LIBRARY SERVICES
Position Status Administrative Exempt Positions
Basic Function

Manages, plans, and develops WPI library’s digital archives and institutional repository, including collections of faculty and student scholarship, digital cultural and data collections, digital exhibits, and digital publishing systems and services.

Collaboratively determines user functions, interfaces, and services for digital archives and repositories, partnering closely with WPI’s Information Technology team and with WPI faculty and students.

Works closely with other Library Services units and staff, including the Impact & Innovation Department, to integrate digital archives and repository systems into the library’s overall service offerings, from instruction to discovery to preservation and research.

Leads and manages the execution of library services supported by digital repository and digital asset management systems and platforms managed by the library or managed in collaboration with Information Technology.

Posting Date 11/10/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
EEO Information

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

Criminal Background check statement

A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Principal Duty and Responsibility

Work with library staff and stakeholders to provide programmatic leadership for digital library services supported by the library’s institutional repository and digital archives, with the goal of supporting WPI’s curricular, research, and strategic priorities.

Principal Duty and Responsibility

Serve as the first-level technology and application manager for the library’s institutional repository service (currently using Bepress’s Digital Commons); and as the library’s chief liaison to Information Technology in developing requirements and functionality of other digital scholarship and repository platforms (such as Samvera); and as the lead functional liaison to university faculty, departments, and other librarians working with digital archives, digital publishing, and digital exhibit technologies and services.

Principal Duty and Responsibility

Collaborate with research and instruction librarians, senior library specialists and administrators, university technologists and researchers including data scientists and digital humanities scholars, as well as with the university’s research support community.

Principal Duty and Responsibility

Work closely with external vendors and with open source development communities, and take an active role in grant-supported and collaborative multi-institutional projects, such as the Digital Commonwealth and Samvera.

Principal Duty and Responsibility

Work in collaboration with the staff of the Archives & Special Collections department to develop diverse digital collections including digital text, images, music and video; digitized archival materials; born-digital records including web sites; digital games and data; digital cultural and university heritage artifacts; curricular materials; works of art; and digital representations research and engineering artifacts and scientific instruments.

Principal Duty and Responsibility

Coordinate and optimize ongoing workflows for digitization, metadata creation, digital object publication, and digital preservation.

Principal Duty and Responsibility

Establish and use appropriate metadata standards to describe and organize digital collections and objects; develop and execute migration and integration projects for digital collections.

Principal Duty and Responsibility

Explore and help implement new software frameworks to support the creation, delivery, and preservation of digital objects.

Principal Duty and Responsibility

Maintain in-depth knowledge of national standards and best practices in the fields of digital archives, digital preservation, institutional repositories, and academic library practices generally.

Principal Duty and Responsibility

May coordinate or supervise the work of temporary staff members, interns, and student workers or researchers.

Principal Duty and Responsibility

Participate in library-wide activities and committees.

Principal Duty and Responsibility

Responsible for other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

Requirement

Master’s degree in library or information science, archives, or another advanced degree in a related field.

Requirement

Demonstrated minimum of 1 year of relevant work experience in an academic or research environment.

Requirement

Demonstrated initiative and leadership in developing user-centered digital library services.

Requirement

Experience managing and describing digital content in at least one digital object repository and/or delivery system (e.g., Digital Commons, DSpace, Samvera, Islandora).

Requirement

Experience with digitization workflows for one or more media types (e.g., images, text, audio/video) and ability to optimize workflows for productivity.

Requirement

Experience with metadata standards (such as Dublin Core, MODS, and OAIPMH), development of metadata profiles and mappings, and bulk uploads.

Requirement

Knowledge of digital formats (image, audio, video, data, object, text) and their associated best practices for online access and digital preservation.

Requirement

Excellent project management skills including interpersonal and team leadership skills, time management.

Requirement

Excellent oral, analytical, and written communication skills.

Requirement

Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and software platforms, and to effectively train or teach others in their use.

Requirement

Familiarity with copyright issues as they relate to the digitization and publication of materials from special collections and other areas of the library.

Requirement

Preferred: Experience gathering user requirements and working with software developers; coursework or familiarity with scholarly communication issues in higher education; successful experience working directly and collaboratively with faculty, students, and researchers; professional experience working in an academic library; experience with metadata and data cleaning and repurposing, for instance using Open Refine, XML/XSLT, Microsoft Excel, or scripting languages; experience working in grant-funded and/or multi-partner projects.

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. List of References
  3. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Resume