Digital Collections Librarian - 502023

Virginia, Richmond, USA
Mar 22, 2017
Broadbean Poster
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Digital Collections Librarian - 502023

The Digital Collections Librarian works closely with faculty, departments and programs across the university to identify, transform, store and share digital works, and leads daily digitization operations within Discovery, Technology and Publishing. This role includes digital conversion, hardware and software maintenance and troubleshooting, data quality control, creation and maintenance of workflows, and statistical reporting. The Digital Collections Librarian integrates content from diverse digital projects and collections into a cohesive digital library. The Digital Collections Librarian maintains awareness of standards and best practices for imaging processes, as well as the use of digital materials in teaching and learning in higher education, and applies this knowledge to the planning and development of new projects. While working collaboratively with other institutions regionally, nationally and internationally, this position advances the profile of the University as a location for innovative, creative and unique digital collections. The Digital Collections Librarian participates in the larger digital library community by actively investigating trends related to digital libraries and works to share knowledge through communications, training sessions and presentations.


* Thorough knowledge of digital library concepts, applications and standards (e.g., metadata standards, media-specific standards)
* Demonstrated evidence of responsibility in successful collaborations internal and external to an organization
* Thorough knowledge of project planning, and demonstrated ability to provide planning, budget management, and overall supervision for multiple complex concurrent projects
* Thorough knowledge of operating and maintaining digital capture devices, such as scanners and digital cameras
* Thorough knowledge of community-based best practices for digital copy photography, capture, color management, and profiling
* Thorough knowledge of current and emerging standards and best practices for document and media conversion into digital formats
* Demonstrated experience in writing funding and grant proposals
* General knowledge of Omeka or other library collections publishing and content management systems
* General knowledge of all aspects of descriptive, administrative, and technical metadata, such as Dublin Core, METS, MODS, TEI, PREMIS, and VRA Core
* Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, Abobe Creative Suite, optical character recognition software, and data management and processing software
* 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
* Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, about complex, technical processes to non-technical personnel
* Ability to work and learn independently and to initiate necessary work procedures according to guidelines set by the supervisor
* Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a collaborative team environment
* The flexibility and adaptability to work effectively in a dynamic, evolving environment


  • Master's degree in library or information science from a program fully accredited by the American Library Association, or an advanced degree in a related area
  • Two years of increasing professional responsibility in digital libraries, preservation or application development
  • Two years of project execution and management experience

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