Librarian for Digital Impact and Innovation

Jun 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Librarian for Digital Impact and Innovation

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Position Status: Administrative Exempt Positions

Basic Function:
Reporting to the Associate Director for Impact & Innovation, the Librarian for Digital Impact & Innovation will have primary responsibility for maintaining and enhancing the library's discovery strategies across multiple web-based platforms, assuring users a consistent, high-impact experience as they use library systems, services, and content. In support of these goals the Librarian for Digital Impact & Innovation will support and advise on library metadata strategies and services that assure discoverability of library content and services; and support excellence in user experiences of the library's systems and web site, through analysis, design, and support of the library's use of content management systems. In collaboration with library research and instruction services, they will also have the opportunity to participate in providing direct consultative or instructional support to students and faculty, with an emphasis on supporting emerging digital scholarship.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supports library discovery and content management systems, assisting senior library experts in planning, administering, and enhancing the effectiveness of library discovery and content management systems, including library services platforms, aggregated discovery tools, and electronic resources management, and related workflows; and providing support for effective discovery through support for metadata management services.
  • In collaboration with the Curation, Preservation, and Archives department, provides metadata and discovery support for digital platforms and systems that support institutional repository and digital collections services.
  • Facilitates planning, design, maintenance and assessment of the library’s web presence, providing project management and development services and working in consultation with university IT and marketing staff as needed to support the library’s delivery of library content and services using content management systems (CMS).
  • Participates in providing research and instruction services, including programs supporting digital literacies and digital scholarship, in collaboration with research and instruction librarians.
  • Investigates, evaluates, and shares emerging tools and technologies used in digital scholarship, and supports students, faculty, and researchers in planning digital projects and integrating digital scholarship into projects or the curriculum, using digital scholarship tools and techniques.
  • Participates in and contributes to library and WPI committees and initiatives.
  • Engages in and contributes to the profession through continuing learning, service, research, presentations, or professional communications.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or required to meet department and university goals and objectives.

    Position Requirements

  • Demonstrated knowledge of metadata standards used in libraries, archives, publishing, and research management systems.
  • Demonstrated experience using library service and content management systems, including at least one library product or system that manages library inventory, electronic resources, and metadata.
  • Familiarity with principles and techniques of electronic resources management.
  • Knowledge of current and recent trends in search, discovery, and delivery systems, and/or understanding of different user communities and user search behavior in academic settings.
  • Knowledge of trends and developments in digital scholarship and enthusiasm for creative and approaches to using digital tools and systems to accomplish scholarly goals.
  • Project management skills including strong listening and communication skills and the ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects and competing priorities.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively in an academic setting, with outstanding oral and written communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to collaborate with diverse colleagues and customers.
  • Knowledge of web technologies, metadata manipulation, web analytics, and accessibility standards.
  • Knowledge of CSS3, XHTML, and HTML5, and scripting languages.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and initiative.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of operations, services, and current issues and trends in academic libraries.
  • Graduate degree in library or information science, or another relevant field, or equivalent experience.
  • Preferred qualifications:

    1. Experience working in an academic library setting.
    2. Successful project management experience.
    3. Knowledge of digital repository and metadata development/maintenance for local digital collections.
    4. Knowledge and experience with web architecture, design/development, and administration in a CMS environment such as Drupal.
    5. Knowledge of PHP, relational databases, and programming languages.
    6. Demonstrated experience in using one or more of the following digital scholarship tools: data visualization, GIS tools and methods, 3D visualization and modeling, image analysis, text mining and analysis.
    7. Demonstrated understanding of the research process including the impacts of new technologies on the production and sharing of scholarship.
    8. Effective teaching and presentation skills.

    Posting Date: 06/09/2017

    Open Until Filled: Yes

    Special Instructions to Applicants:
    For full consideration, please apply by July 10, 2017
    Letters of reference are not required of applicants but may be requested for finalist candidates.
    Anticipated hiring date: fall 2017

    EEO Information:
    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or disability. We are looking for individuals who value creativity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration.

    Criminal Background Check Statement:
    A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

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    WPI, the nation's third oldest private technological university, established in 1865 by New England industrialists John Boynton and Ichabod Washburn consists of 80 acres set in a safe, residential section of Worcester, Massachusetts—the second largest city in New England—home to 13 colleges, and situated 40 miles west of Boston.


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