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Institutional Repository Program Manager

Job description

The Institutional Repository Program Manager plans, implements, and evaluates sustainable institutional repository (IR) technologies, services, and policies. In addition, it establishes IR ingestion, curation, and publication practices in support of research across the disciplines. This is a highly impactful role as it enables research and scholarship produced by CU Boulder faculty, staff, and students to reach the widest possible audience. The position requires an understanding of and ability to make critical decisions related to scholarly research and publication practices as well as to copyright issues. This role requires strong interpersonal skills to support and collaborate with faculty and students across all disciplines, Libraries faculty and staff (including technologists), and vendors; requiring facility with IR software platforms, particularly with regard to developing and improving workflows.

CU Boulder's IR (CU Scholar) currently contains over 5,000 research and scholarly outputs that have been downloaded a total of over 450,000 times worldwide. This position will be responsible for helping to expand these numbers significantly, which will enhance the global reach and reputation of CU Boulder research and scholarship. This is a high-level priority for the Libraries as outlined in the organization's strategic plan.

Who we are:

About CU Libraries:

As the flagship University of Colorado's multi-campus system, CU Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country. As one of thirty-four U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) - and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region - we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies.

Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the great comprehensive public research universities of the new century, we strive to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service. The University Libraries faculty and staff are diverse, talented, and passionate people who share this vision and mission. The Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, holds the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain region with over 12 million books, periodicals, government publications, audio-visual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers and digital resources. The Libraries faculty and staff collaborate internally, with colleagues beyond the campus, and with our users to advance information literacy, intellectual freedom, lifelong learning, the disciplinary growth of information, and the amplification of knowledge.


The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries are a dynamic partner in creating, disseminating, and advancing scholarship. We inspire learning, research, and discovery by connecting knowledge, information, and people.


We are the heart of higher education, providing essential scholarly resources, user-centered services, and inclusive spaces to the University, local, and global communities.

What your key responsibilities will be:

Management of the Institutional Repository

  • Manage the CU Scholar IR operations, workflows, protocols, policies, and procedures in keeping with IR best practices as well as copyright and other relevant guidelines.
  • Ensure responsive and timely support for CU faculty, staff, and students submitting research and scholarship to the IR.
  • Answer general inquiries, fulfill requests, and serve as first point of contact for technical support related to the IR.
  • Provide oral and written instruction to IR contributors and users.
  • Develop and implement workflows that lower the barrier of engagement with the IR for faculty, staff, and students, in close collaboration with the Scholarly Communication Librarian.
  • Establish practices for curation of digital objects housed in the IR in line with national and international standards and best practices. Maintain and quality-check metadata according to standards, and conduct quality checks on IR submissions.
  • Assist in development of a comprehensive marketing strategy and enact plans for assessing and promoting the use of the IR.
  • Contribute to IR user needs analysis, product evaluation, selection, customization, testing, and implementation/migration.

Vendor Relations
  • Interface with IR software vendor support team. Communicate changing user needs and requirements.
  • Troubleshoot IR software issues, and report problems in a timely manner. Ensure that vendor addresses issues in a timely manner.

Regular Reporting
  • Provide analyses and data to the department on IR deposits and usage.
  • Prepare statistics and reports for internal and external use (e.g., reporting to the Association of Research Libraries).

Personnel Management and Other Departmental Duties
  • May supervise student assistants and/or provide other support in line with the priorities of the department.

Professional Development
  • Stay current on IR international and national standards and best practices by reading professional publications, attending instruction sessions, and consulting with other department members.
  • Attend workshops and continuing education opportunities related to IRs.

What we can offer:

The minimum starting salary for this position is $50,000.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be Resourceful. Be Effective. Be Collaborative. Be Boulder.


What we require:
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Three years of library or higher education experience or a Master's of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree.
  • Previous experience supporting IRs or other platforms used to curate and/or provide access to digital assets.

What you will need:
  • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and work well under pressure.
  • Ability to identify and solve problems independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment consistent with Libraries policies and procedures.
  • Ability to interact collegially and to communicate with skill, tact, and courtesy with users and colleagues both internally and externally.
  • Ability to be responsive and flexible in order to adjust to a changing work environment.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Previous experience managing or playing a significant role in IR operations.
  • Experience supporting faculty research.
  • Knowledge of and ability to evaluate IR software applications.
  • Knowledge of digital curation standards and best practices.
  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please apply by May 23, 2017.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at [email protected]. All other job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at www.cu.edu/cu-careers:

1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Last-First-09284.
Please do not upload references at this time.

Job Category: Academic Services

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10369 - Library Administration

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 1, 2017

Closing Date: May 23, 2017

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00732882





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Posted: 5/2/2017
Application Due: 5/24/2017
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