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Digital Collections Librarian - 502023

SUMMARY:

As a member of the Digital Engagement Unit, the Digital Collections Librarian provides strategic and innovative leadership, operational planning, and management for the digitization program for the University of Richmond Libraries. The DCL will help shape future directions for digital collections, and will develop and implement strategies, best practices, standards, and technologies that support discovery, access, management, and preservation of the Libraries' digital assets.

The Digital Collections Librarian is responsible for both the development and maintenance of digital collections across their life-cycle. The DCL will reach out to campus constituencies, analyze materials for suitability for our collections, identify potential projects, and establish priorities based on the content's cultural, academic, or historical value. They will pursue opportunities for collaborative projects across institutions to advance the profile of the University as a location for innovative, creative, and unique digital collections and will seek grant funding where appropriate. Actively investigating trends related to digital scholarship and shares knowledge through campus training sessions and presentations.

Collaborates with liasion librarians and faculty in the use of our digital collections in teaching and research and works with other staff engaged in the digital projects and provide expertise on maintenance and preservation of project outcomes.

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.

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:

Planning, Leadership & Management: 

  • Develop and implement strategies, best practices, standards, and technologies that support discovery, access, management, and preservation of the Libraries' digital assets
  • Analyze materials for suitability for our collections, identify potential projects, and establish priorities based on the content's cultural, academic, or historical value.
  • Pursues grant opportunities, working collaboratively to create proposals to support the digital program.

Digital Production Oversight: 

  • Oversees digitization from numerous sources for a variety of purposes, including publication, web delivery, preservation, manipulation, and pedagogy.
  • Creates and maintains documentation on digital collections workflows, metadata standards, and project procedures. Tracks and communicates production throughput and productivity.
  • Ensures that ongoing digitization work and special projects move forward through team-based collaboration
  • Oversees and manages digital imaging hardware including two PhaseOne RCam digital-back cameras, Digital Transitions RGC180 motorized copy stand and compressor, BookEye3 book scanner, and five student workstations (Macs and PCs), as well as a secondary laptop.
  • Oversees and manages digital imaging software unique to the department: Digital Transitions Capture One CH (Cultural Heritage); BSCAN; FreeFlow Imaging Software

Supervision: 

  • Supervises the Digital Engagement Associate to support efficient workflows, implement project documentation and management, create student employee training materials, manage software updates, and review data for quality control.
  • Supervises Digitization and Research Associate to develop, plan, and implement digitization projects to prepare audio and audiovisual materials for preservation; maintain specialized equipment for audiovisual digitization.
  • Supervises student employees (hires, trains, directs work) and is accountable to Financial Aid, the Student Employment Office, and Payroll for activities associated with student employment management including a budget of approximately $40,000.

Professional Engagement: 

  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Leadership:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of project planning, and demonstrated ability to provide planning, budget management, and overall supervision for multiple complex concurrent projects.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills; ability to work under time constraints and to meet regularly recurring deadlines on multiple, concurrent projects
  • Evidence of strong analytical problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and results-oriented approaches to complex problems
  • The flexibility and adaptability to work and learn independently and to initiate necessary work procedures according to guidelines set by the supervisor in a dynamic, evolving environment
  • Evidence of creative thinking about library services and technologies
  • Demonstrated experience in writing funding and grant proposals

Technical Expertise:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital library concepts, applications, standards (e.g., metadata standards, media-specific standards), digital curation, and web-based applications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community-based best practices for digital copy photography, capture, color management, and profiling
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging standards and best practices for document and media conversion into digital formats
  • Thorough knowledge of image manipulation, optical character recognition, and data management and processing software
  • Thorough knowledge of copyright issues and fair use
  • General knowledge of Omeka or other library collections publishing and content management systems

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, about complex, technical processes to non-technical personnel
  • Demonstrated evidence of responsibility in successful collaborations internal and external to an organization

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • Master’s degree in library or information science from a program fully accredited by the American Library Association or relevant advanced degree and experience related to digital humanities, humanities data, or digital libraries
  • Four years of increasing professional responsibility working with digital collections or archives
  • Supervisory experience preferred

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)

COVID-19:

The University of Richmond requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff. The University allows exemptions to this requirement for religious, medical and strong personal conviction reasons. All newly hired employees must report their status within the first two weeks of employment.

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