Digital Initiatives Librarian

Easton, Pennsylvania
Sep 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Lafayette College Libraries, winner of the 2014 American Library Association Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, is nationally recognized for its leadership modeling innovative approaches to digital scholarship in a liberal arts college setting.  For the position of Digital Initiatives Librarian, the Department of Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) at Lafayette College Libraries seeks a talented, self-directed learner eager to hone skills and grow professionally in areas of digital scholarship and librarianship.  The ideal candidate will 1) work with faculty, students, and other collaborators to generate digital assets as the raw materials of digital scholarship, and 2) consult on computational methods to analyze digital content.  This faculty-status position comes with excellent professional development support.

Lafayette College Libraries embraces values of diversity and inclusion.  These values are reflected in library projects, programs, and initiatives such as the Queer Archives Project, the Library Social Justice Reading Series, and partnership in the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, a recently-initiated four-year project funded by the Mellon Foundation.  We especially welcome applicants who are curious about how digital technologies intersect with the public interest.


-Collaborate with the Visual Resources Curator to fulfill digitization needs across campus, including digital asset production requests for faculty research and teaching, and digitization initiatives for College Archives & Special Collections.  Contribute to planning and implementing digitization projects for other campus units such as Campus Galleries and the President’s Office, as well as for Lafayette community partners such as the Easton Area Public Library.

-Collaborate with colleagues in Digital Scholarship Services and College Archives & Special Collections to develop and apply metadata schema for digital curation and preservation tasks.

-Consult with faculty and students on computational methods to analyze digital content.


-An ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science, or an advanced degree in a related field

-Experience and/or an ability to learn in the following areas:

-digital imaging standards for visual resources; image manipulation and automation

-metadata for digital projects

-OCR software deployment

-sound and video file management

-best practices for file management and directory structuring

-High capacity for learning new techniques and emergent standards on the job

-Excellent skills in collaboration, communication, and self-education

Preferred Qualifications

-Exposure to and an interest to learn more about a programming language like Ruby, Java, Python, or PHP

-Experience and/or an ability to learn computational methods relevant to data science or the digital humanities, in such areas as (including but not limited to) data mining, text encoding, and algorithmic image processing

This is a full-time, 12-month position.  Lafayette College offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package as compensation. 

Lafayette College is located in Easton, PA, 70 miles west of New York City, 60 miles north of Philadelphia, and 35 miles south of the scenic Pocono Mountains.  Overlooking the Delaware River, Easton offers direct access to the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, including the D & L Canal Trail for biking and hiking.  As part of the culturally vibrant Lehigh Valley with neighboring cities Bethlehem and Allentown, Easton is home to a dynamic restaurant culture, annual festivals, a historic farmers’ market, and arts institutions such as the Karl Stirner Arts Trail.

For consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter addressing job qualifications and the names of three professional references to Anne Houston, Dean of Libraries, via Interfolio at Review of applications will begin on November 10, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.