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Digital Collections Management Librarian-- Texas A&M University Libraries

posted Aug 28, 2017, 7:20 AM by Lars Hagelin
The Texas A&M University Libraries seeks an innovative and collaborative professional to support our expanding programs in digital collections management. Reporting to the Dean through the Director of the Office of Scholarly Communications, this person will have an integral role in the development of the University Libraries’ emergent digital asset management ecosystem (DAME), including an existing DSpace institutional repository and a Fedora repository currently under development. This is a tenure-track academic appointment, carrying full faculty status and responsibilities including librarianship, scholarship, and professional service to meet both the Libraries’ and University’s requirements for promotion and tenure.

The DAME provides the technical infrastructure for access, management, and preservation of digitized and born-digital content and cultural heritage materials. The person will work closely with other managers of DAME components, including a Digital Scholarship Librarian (current overarching DAME management), Data Librarian (Dataverse), Researcher Information Systems Librarian (VIVO), and Digital Preservation Librarian (Archivematica) and the Metadata and Cataloging unit in developing the DAME. The person will also work with library subject specialists, curators, and collections owners across the university to assist them with getting their collections into the DAME.

The responsibilities of the Digital Collections Management Librarian include:
  • Collaborate in the development and implementation of new technical infrastructure to enhance the access, discovery, and preservation of Texas A&M scholarship and library digital collections
  • Keep abreast of the functions and features of Fedora/Hydra/Blacklight technology stack and/or DSpace that accommodate new scholarly communications initiatives
  • Assist in developing standards, policies, and workflows for the collection, ingestion, and management of digital objects into the digital asset management system, such as images and audio-visual materials
  • Coordinate with faculty, research centers and other campus organizations to support the creation of new digital collections of Texas A&M scholarship and cultural artifacts through training and technical guidance
  • Participate in campus engagement activities promoting Open Access and other scholarly communications issues
Required Qualifications:
  • ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library or Information Science (or international equivalent)
  • Understanding of the research processes, current issues in scholarly communication including open access, and the role of libraries and librarians in supporting research and scholarly practices
  • Knowledge of standards and practices related to repositories, digital object management, authority control, and metadata
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to work in a team
  • Strong customer service orientation and positive interpersonal skills
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with digital asset management, preferably related to the Fedora/Hydra/Blacklight technology stack and/or DSpace
  • Experience participating in Open Source Software development or managing OSS products.
  • Experience with project management
  • Knowledge of the curation of audio-visual materials or images
  • Experience working with members of the university community
  • Awareness of copyright, fair use, and rights clearance as pertains to digital collection development
  • Knowledge of metadata crosswalks and Resource Description Framework (RDF) metadata standards
  • Experience in training others
  • Experience documenting workflows and policies
  • Prior publications or professional service
ENVIRONMENT:

The University:

Founded in 1876 as a land-grant institution, Texas A&M University is the sixth largest university in the nation. The signature Aggie Spirit captures and embodies the university’s traditions and core values: Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service. The university has an enrollment of more than 55,000 students and 2,800 instructional faculty. Based on Vision 2020, the institution’s goal is to become a premier, tier-one research university and to be ranked among the top 10 public universities nationwide by 2020.

The Libraries:

In an effort to provide relevant customer service in an ever-changing environment, the Texas A&M University Libraries is developing a core culture representing flexibility, innovation and risk-taking. In addition, the Libraries recognize the value in creating a culture that draws from the richness and strength reflected in the diversity of our state and our nation and has created an actionable Diversity Plan.

The Libraries currently rank 8th in materials expenditures ($23.6 million) and 4th in ongoing expenditures ($16.6 million) among all ARL libraries. Additionally, the Libraries typically rank near the top 10 for starting librarian salaries among ARL U.S. Public Academic Libraries. Currently the staffing includes 268 individuals which includes 90 librarians holding faculty status.

The Community:

Texas A&M is located in Bryan-College Station, a friendly community where the ubiquitous “howdy” greets friends and newcomers alike. The community boasts excellent medical facilities, live entertainment and the arts, fine-to-casual dining, outdoor recreation, a local airport, and a low cost of living, as well as easy proximity to Austin and Houston. Additionally, Texas residents enjoy the benefit of having no state or local income tax.

Salary/Benefits/Rank: Faculty rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience; minimum starting salary will be $50,500 Excellent benefits include health plan and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA-CREF; paid holidays and vacation; no state or local income tax. Funding is available for professional travel and development activities.

Applications: Applications received by September 18, 2017 will be given first consideration. The letter of application should address the responsibilities, qualifications, and experiences listed for the position. Please submit application letter, vita, and the names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references. References will not be contacted without contacting the candidate first and verifying permission. Send nominations and applications via email toLibrarianJob@library.tamu.edu or mailed to Pixey Mosley, Associate Dean for Administrative & Faculty Services, Texas A&M University Libraries, 5000 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-5000.

An Equal Opportunity Employer, TAMU Libraries is committed to employing quality faculty who will enhance the rich diversity of our academic community. In that regard, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who are representative of the state’s diversity.

For more information about the library, see http://library.tamu.edu, about the university, http://www.tamu.edu, and about the communities, http://www.visitaggieland.com.
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