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Digital Projects Fellow - 72520

University of Missouri-Kansas City
UMKC Volker Campus

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Job Title: Digital Projects Fellow - 72520
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Job ID: 40034
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University Libraries

Job Description The Digital Projects department at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) is excited to offer the position of Digital Projects Fellow to a current student or recent graduate of an ALA-accredited library and information science program. The Digital Projects Fellow will work closely with the Head of Digital Projects and the Metadata Librarian, to provide direct support for a major digital collections migration (moving from Islandora 7 to Islandora 8) as well as a DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility) assessment of current digital collections. This Fellow will learn and engage with digital collections best practices. As part of the project, the Fellow will have opportunities to interact with librarians from other departments, receive mentorship for professional growth and development, and help connect with and cultivate a professional network of his/her peers. This position is a gift-funded, part-time, non-benefit eligible academic appointment through May 2023, has no supervisory responsibilities, and reports to the Head of Digital Projects.

Primary duties and responsibilities include:

    Migration & quality checking of 10,000 items (1/3 of the digital collection repository)Content & format assessment of 10,000 itemsReport on recommendations for digital collection content selection and curation criteriaReport on metadata recommendations and quality checkingAssist with new workflow documentation for Islandora v.8Regular contributions to blog posts and internal messaging of migration progressWorks with colleagues within UMKC Libraries and across the University of Missouri libraries system on Islandora 8 migrationProfessionally engage with best practices in digital collections, and realistic experiences in creating high quality digital repositories for library users
Minimum Qualifications
    Must be a current student or recent graduate of an ALA-accredited graduate degree program for Library and Information Science to applySome experience with or knowledge about digital collectionsAdept at using computers and various applications; ability to quickly learn new software and programsAnalytical and organizational skillsAbility to work independently and collaborativelyDemonstrated commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Preferred Qualifications
    Some experience with library technologies and platforms
Full Time/Part Time
    Part-time.5 FTE (20 hours/week through May 2023)The UMKC University Libraries support flexible work arrangements in keeping with the Flexible Work Arrangement Policy. Flexible work arrangements should support the mission, goals and functional role of the employee, department and university.

$20/hour, Term limited - 20 hours per week through May 2023. Not eligible to receive benefits, but professional development funding is available. Funding levels vary annually, but fellows are generally eligible for about $1,000 in funding for travel, training, and memberships, though more may be available based on need.

Application Deadline

Applications received by January 31, 2022 will be given priority consideration, however position will remain posted until filled

Application Instructions Application materials must be submitted online at UMKC Human Resources. Applicants must combine all application materials (personal letter of interest with accompanying curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

For questions about how applicants apply, please call (816) 235-1621, or if you are experiencing technical problems, please call (855) 524-0002.

You may address your cover letter to: Megan Oliver, Search Committee Chair. For all inquiries about the position, please contact 816-235-1531 or [email protected]


The University Libraries are fully committed to creating and maintaining an anti-racist and anti-oppressive environment for a diverse academic community of faculty, staff and students. Recent initiatives are outlined on the University Libraries’ University Libraries’ Equity Initiatives page. We seek individuals who will contribute to library-wide efforts to implement and maintain anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices in all services and who are committed to our core campus values of learning, diversity, integrity, accountability, respect, and collaboration.

Equal Employment Opportunity UMKC is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

UMKC Statement on Diversity Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to UMKC’s mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, Latino, Italian, Irish, German, Native American, Slavic, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City, and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection, and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students, and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace, and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand learn the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion.

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