Digital Initiatives Librarian

Mar 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: Kansas State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of Digital Initiatives Librarian. This individual will be responsible for leading efforts to advance Kansas State University Libraries' unique collections with enhanced discovery through digitization. The incumbent will lead and participate in the strategic development of innovative, scalable, and sustainable digital collections. The individual will lead the Digital Initiatives Unit and directly supervise 2 FTE, coordinate digitization work between Library units and departments and serve as a member of the Metadata, Preservation, & Digital Initiatives Management Team.

This is a full-time 12-month tenure-track position reporting to the Head of Metadata, Preservation, & Digital Initiatives. The candidate should demonstrate a commitment to scholarly/creative activities and professional service necessary for pursuing tenure at Kansas State University Libraries. To be successful in this position, the incumbent must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills as well as the ability to maintain professional relationships with researchers, faculty, and colleagues.  

Information about the College/Unit: Kansas State Agricultural College was established in 1863, which was the beginning of the K-State Libraries. With only 2,700 volumes at the time, the collected materials were moved four times around campus in buildings such as Farm Machinery Hall, Anderson Hall, Fairchild Hall, and Farrell Library.

In 1926, construction began on a building with the purpose of housing only the libraries' collections. That building has been renovated three times, most recently with the dedication of Hale Library (pdf) in 1997. In addition to Hale, there are four branch libraries: Math/Physics LibraryKansas State Polytechnic Library,Veterinary Medical Library, and Paul Weigel Library of Architecture, Planning and Design.

Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

Position Responsibilities:  
  • Coordinate, execute and maintain appropriate documentation of projects throughout the digital lifecycle including capture, presentation, and other digital asset management activities
  • Provide technical expertise in the application of methods used to develop and manage digital collections
  • Serve as primary resource for best practices in digitization by staying current on digital library trends, developments, applications, and industry standards in order to ensure the libraries adopt appropriate changes in digital collection management activities
  • Work closely with the University Archives and Special Collections Department to address digitization needs
  • Assist the Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship (CADS) in supporting the institutional repository
  • Collaborate extensively with Library IT to troubleshoot technical problems; develop and fine-tune workflow automation; and effectively communicate problems/enhancement requests as well as engage in discussions about the management of digital objects
  • Lead the cross-departmental Digital Projects Advisory Team to review proposed collections for digitization and prioritize preservation
  • Participate in digital preservation efforts using Archivematica for deposit in the Digital Preservation Network (DPN)
  • Assist in the promotion of digital collections to users within the Libraries and across campus by working with the Libraries' Communication and Marketing Unit and Academic Services Department
  • Assess digital collection usage and the user experience in order to refine the digital library program accordingly
  • Identify grant opportunities and work collaboratively to create proposals in support of digital initiatives
Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • ALA-accredited master's degree or master's degree in related field with digitization emphasis
  • Record of experience supporting and developing digital collections 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the standards needed to manage digitization activities including capture, ingest, metadata, preservation, and presentation
  • Proven expertise with current technologies, platforms, and products (such as DSpace, Bepress, Islandora, Hydra, Adobe Photoshop, etc.) as they relate to digital materials
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and lead projects to completion
  • Working knowledge of intellectual property and copyright issues as they relate to digital collections
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills in an environment requiring attention to detail and a high level of accuracy
  • Advanced competency with tools used in daily workflows such as Excel, OpenRefine, etc.
  Preferred Qualifications:  
  • Demonstrated successful supervisory experience
  • Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, XML, XSLT, or other open web standards
  • Ability to articulate current metadata best practices and standards such as Dublin Core, EAD, MARC, METS, MODS, TEI
  • Experience with online exhibit tools, social media, programming or scripting languages
  • Experience in a research or academic library, archive, or museum
  • Knowledge of trends relating to digital humanities
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Combine the following documents into a single PDF file and upload with your application. 

  1. A letter of application. To greatly strengthen your application, please apply your communication skills to clearly address the position responsibilities and qualifications listed above, and demonstrate how your work style, vision, and other distinctive qualities would enhance our organization.
  2. A curriculum vitae.
  3. Names and contact information, including email addresses, for three professional references.
Screening of Applications Begins:  April 14, 2017 and continues until position is filled. Salary Range / Pay Rate: The Libraries aim to attract exceptional talent, and we offer competitive salary in recognition of responsibilities and experience. Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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