Digital Curation Librarian

Winston Salem, NC
Sep 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Digital Curation Librarian

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library seeks a creative, forward-thinking librarian to support our expanding digital curation services and metadata strategy. This position is based in the Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication team, which provides services for digital scholarship, scholarly communication, and digital collections, including project management, data management, rights management, digitization, creation of descriptive metadata, preservation, and discovery support. This position reports to the team director. The successful candidate will collaborate with campus faculty and library colleagues to ensure long-term preservation and accessibility of digital assets, projects, and datasets collected and created by the library, and to support metadata strategies associated with digital scholarship and special collections. The person in this position will engage in national and/or international initiatives and insure that best practice is followed for curation of digital materials.


  • Coordinate management of digital repositories, working across teams, including Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication, Special Collections & Archives, Technology, and Resource Services, to ensure the sustainability of projects and content
  • Create and maintain policies and procedures guiding digital preservation practices, including establishing authenticity and integrity workflows for born digital and digitized content
  • In collaboration with the Digital Collections Librarian, create guidelines and procedures for metadata creation, transformation, remediation, and enhancement
  • Perform metadata audits of existing digital assets to ensure compliance with standards
  • Maintain awareness of trends in metadata and resource discovery
  • Participates in team and library-wide activities; serves on Library, Librarians’ Assembly, and University committees; represents the library in relevant regional, state, and national organizations
  • Participates in local, regional, or national professional organizations; enriches professional expertise by attending conferences and professional development opportunities, delivering presentations at professional meetings, publishing in professional publications, and serving on professional committees
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program or a master’s degree in a related field
  • Knowledge of best practices for current digital library standards for digital curation and of born digital and digitized content
  • Knowledge of current trends in data stewardship and data management plans
  • Experience with preservation workflows for born digital and digitized content
  • Experience with metadata standards and protocols (such as Dublin Core, Open Archives Initiative-Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), METS, MODS, PREMIS)
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, effectively identify and leverage resources, as well as meet deadlines and budgets
  • Aptitude for complex, analytical work with an attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong service orientation

Desired Qualifications:

  • One to three years of experience with digital preservation or metadata creation in an academic library setting
  • Experience with developing, using, and preserving research data collections
  • Familiarity with GIS and data visualization tools
  • Demonstrated skills with scripting languages and/or tools for data manipulation (e.g. OpenRefine, Python, XSLT, etc.)

Salary and Rank: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is appointed to a Library Faculty rank as established by Wake Forest University. We anticipate appointing this position at the assistant librarian rank.

Review of applications begins October 30, 2017 and continues until the position is filled. Interested applicants should go to and submit cover letter, resume and references within the online system.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library, with a collection of over 1.9 million volumes, materials expenditures of over $5 million, and an operating budget of over $13 million, serves over 4,900 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate and professional students. Wake Forest is a private university where academic excellence is consistently recognized through rankings in the top tier of the country’s finest liberal arts institutions. Wake Forest offers a rare combination – the academic and technological resources, facilities and Division I athletic programs associated with a large university with the compact campus, small classes and individual attention only a smaller school can provide. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by its motto Pro Humanitate. The University is beautifully located between the western mountains and east coast beaches of North Carolina.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final faculty candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusion and seeks applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. It seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States



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