Digital Projects Coordinator
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to WRLCEmployment@wrlc.org
JOB TITLE: Digital Projects Coordinator
The Digital Projects Coordinator enables success among the nine partner university libraries in the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) through the creation of digital collections. The Digital Projects Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and guiding the digitization of the extraordinary collections available among the partners in the WRLC. This position will build a sustainable infrastructure which facilitates sharing across the consortium and with other organizations. This position will work collaboratively with the WRLC Digital Practices Committee (DPC) to establish requirements and standards, provide expert guidance, interface with metadata and technology staff, coordinate the work of digitization service providers, and manage final processing and quality control. Reports to the Director of Information Services.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
With the Digital Practices Committee (DPC), oversee requirements for digital reformatting, storage, preservation, and processes associated with creating digital content from the collections within the WRLC. Establish requirements and standards conforming to best practices and evaluate and recommend the acquisition of resources to further the mission of creating digital collections for the WRLC.
Develop efficient workflows for digitization of a variety of media. Plan and coordinate digitization projects in collaboration with reformatting and technology staff and metadata librarians from partner libraries. Provide guidance for assessing conservation needs and restrictions, examining copyright status, and developing selection criteria. Determine the best options for hardware and software. Ensure quality control of reformatted materials and metadata. Oversee transfer of digitized materials to the shared digital repository. Coordinate use of WRLC owned equipment for digitization projects. Provide administrative support.
Coordinate and collaborate closely with consortial partners, the Digital Practices Committee and with the WRLC management and staff. Work at the partner university libraries, as necessary, to oversee and ensure the success of the digitization program.
Promote the WRLC shared digital collection through successful dissemination strategies, project reporting and presentations. Provide opportunities for digitization training and education within the WRLC. Participate in professional activities to raise awareness of the WRLC digital collections. Actively seek grants and funding to further WRLC’s digitization program. Coordinate consortial grants for digital projects among the partner institutions.
Serve on committees and task forces as required. Provide constructive input for enhancements to services or revisions to policies and procedures. Serve as backup to other positions as necessary. Undertake special projects and perform other duties as assigned. Seek new knowledge and update skills to enhance performance in all areas of responsibility.
EXPECTED: ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science or masters degree in related field. Three years experience managing and supervising digital projects in an academic environment. Demonstrated knowledge of digitization best practices; life cycle management of digital assets; and metadata schema (such as Dublin Core, METS, EAD, MARCXML) and controlled vocabularies/descriptive standards. Documented experience with the hardware and software required to create, store, organize, and deliver digital content in multiple digital image, text, audio, and video formats. Knowledge of rights management, digitizing and OCR technologies and techniques. Awareness of current trends in libraries, archives, and digitization. Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. Strong organizational and problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and to successfully manage multiple projects and priorities.
PREFERRED: Knowledge of DSpace, Omeka; workflow software (Northwestern Books Workflow, ProcessMaker); metadata standards such as MODS, Premis, RightsMD; machinecreated metadata (ALTO, MIX) and BagIt transfer protocol. Familiarity with relevant aspects of copyright law. Experience providing training and professional development, aligned with established best practices. Experience working with digitization vendors.