Job Details

Digital Resources Librarian - 501736

SUMMARY:

The Digital Resources Librarian has a central role to enable, configure, customize and promote access to a complex spectrum of digital resources for the School of Law. These resources include databases, electronic books, customized digital content, and an institutional repository. The primary access system is our integrated library catalog, supplemented by an institutional repository and ebook and other digitial distribution platforms. This person supports needs of a physical archival collection, manuscripts, and collections of unique records and materials, supporting business needs and institutional history.

Reporting to the Director of Bibliographic Services, the Digital Resources Librarian provides collaborative leadership for the Law Library with a range of digital resources. Supporting students and our clinics, this includes tools for law practice and client engagement. In the area of scholarly communication, this person works to engage faculty, staff, and students in initiatives to maximize the dissemination, preservation, and impact of the Law School’s scholarship and research. This person manages the Law Library’s institutional repository and supports scholarship dissemination, especially in the area of open access platforms. The position tracks and promotes opportunities for scholarly communication and informs people about potential intellectual property issues, and manages the library’s digital and physical archives.

Professional librarians hold faculty status. Faculty status allows both voice and vote in University faculty meetings, eligibility to serve on faculty committees, to serve as a student advisor, and to participate in the Program for Enhancing Teaching Effectiveness (PETE); and it acknowledges that those individuals play an active role in the intellectual activities of the University. Faculty status does not carry with it eligibility for tenure or sabbatical, nor does it automatically carry with it faculty rank (Professor, Associate, Assistant Professor, or Instructor), since faculty rank is in a specific academic department, nor does it carry eligibility for other benefits normally assigned to full-time teaching faculty.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Digital Resource Management

  • Working with the library’s integrated library system (ALMA), maintains and updates catalog records for law library electronic resources. Loads bibliographic files, edits MARC catalog records, and merges records as needed.
  • Supports and promotes use of ebooks and databases to support law school clinics and community-focused resources, including training students and troubleshooting tools.
  • Working with the Catalog Systems Librarian, maintains and updates catalog records for law library electronic resources.
  • Manages, implements and monitors tools to measure electronic resource use to support data-driven acquisition decisions and support responsible use of fiscal resources.
  • Maintains current knowledge of emerging trends and best practices in digital resource management and integrated access.
  • Collaboratively develops policies and procedures for efficient and effective digital materials workflow, incorporating needs for digital collections.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including management of the Law Library’s website and web-based access platforms and updating connections to the scholarship repository.

Scholarship Infrastructure Management 

  • In consultation with the Director of Bibliographic Services, organize, manage, and support the School of Law’s tools and resources that comprise our scholarship infrastructure.
  • Manage ane extend the law school institutional repository, including development of policies, procedures, and repository-based services.
  • Recruit and select unique locally-created (by UR students, staff or faculty) content for dissemination and preservation.
  • Provide, adapt and promote tools to track access and usage statistics for law school scholarly output, including publications and related content.
  • Support open access scholarly resources through the repository and promotion of best practices in freely-available content.
  • Provide direct support for journals published by the School of Law; including work such as training for student and faculty editors, as well as collaboration on platforms and tools for electronic and print distribution.
  • Create promotional materials and actively advertise the School of Law’s suite of repository and publishing services to the Law School and Richmond area community.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Law Library, the School of Law and across the University of Richmond to support scholarly and research activities.
  • Lead in the investigation and adoption of open publishing initiatives.

Instruction and Reference 

  • Provides direct service as part of the library’s daily, on-demand reference department, whether in person at the desk or online using live chat.
  • Develops, updates and publishes tutorial videos on the use of electronic resources and tools to support scholarship and teaching.
  • Provides research support for faculty and students to support digital scholarship and incorporation of digital content for clinics and courses.

Other Duties 

  • Participate in Law Library committees, working groups and staff meetings.
  • Attend Law School faculty meetings and participate in Law School and campus committees, as assigned.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned by Director of Bibliographic Services or the Associate Dean for Library and Information Services.
  • Act as a member of the Collection Development Team.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Prior experience and proven knowledge of a modern Integrated Library Systems platform, with a strong preference working with ALMA.
  • Familiarity with institutional repository systems, preferably Digital Commons
  • Familiarity with modern library classification systems and techniques, such as: Library of Congress classification, LCSH, RDA, and AACR2
  • Excellent and effective communication (oral and written), organizational, analytical, problem solving, project management and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining productive, cooperative working relationships with a scholarly community, such as with faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
  • Able to apply a high level of attention to detail and to understand the larger context and implications of this position’s work.

Preferred

  • Knowledge of copyright law and use of intellectual property
  • Familiarity with the scholarly domain of the field of law
  • Experience with, or knowledge of screen capture and tutorial software tools, such as Jing or Camtasia.

Education and experience: 

Required

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program
  • 0-2 years professional experience with digital resources.

Preferred

  • JD from an ABA accredited law school
  • Experience developing and supporting innovative scholarship projects
  • Experience with legal scholarship and law--related archives and collections

WORK HOURS:

  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week

SALARY STRUCTURE:
Pay Grade 7 (Hiring Range $52,829.00 to $69,999.00 annually)

ABOUT UR:

At the University of Richmond, we’re creative, inclusive, and determined. We’re Spiders, and our mission is to create positive change in the UR community and beyond. Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond (www.richmond.edu) blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. There’s only one place like Richmond.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE