Digital Repository and Preservation Librarian

Summary

Job Overview

 

The Digital Repository and Preservation Librarian collaborates with Library and campus stakeholders to build digital collections and to maximize the access, discovery, usability, and preservation of the Library’s repository-based scholarship and digital cultural heritage materials. This position plays an important role in the development, coordination, and management of the Library’s digital repository services. The Digital Repository and Preservation Librarian oversees the Library’s digital preservation repository and coordinates digital preservation workflows for digitized and born-digital content. This position supports the planning and implementation of scholarly digital projects and collaborates on digital scholarship initiatives. The Digital Repository and Preservation Librarian helps promote digital repository services, digital publishing, and digital initiatives throughout the Library and the University.

 

Work Interactions

 

The Digital Repository and Preservation Librarian reports to the Head of the Digital Scholarship Services Unit, and works within the Digital Scholarship and Technology Services department. This position supervises two FTE staff members as well as one to two student assistant(s). The Digital Repository and Preservation Librarian liaises with staff across many of the Library’s units and departments to coordinate and complete projects. The Digital Repository and Preservation Librarian administers institutional repository and digital publishing services for Georgetown faculty, staff, and students through DigitalGeorgetown and helps support the full lifecycle of digital scholarship projects. This position represents the Digital Scholarship Services Unit and the Digital Scholarship and Technology Services department on task forces, committees, and working groups.

Work Mode Designation

 

This position has been designated as Hybrid. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources website: https://hr.georgetown.edu/mode-of-work-designation/

Description

The Digital Repository and Preservation Librarian collaborates with Library and campus stakeholders to build digital collections and to maximize the access, discovery, usability, and preservation of the Library’s repository-based scholarship and digital cultural heritage materials. This position plays an important role in the development, coordination, and management of the Library’s digital repository services. The Digital Repository and Preservation Librarian oversees the Library’s digital preservation repository and coordinates digital preservation workflows for digitized and born-digital content. This position supports the planning and implementation of scholarly digital projects and collaborates on digital scholarship initiatives. The Digital Repository and Preservation Librarian helps promote digital repository services, digital publishing, and digital initiatives throughout the Library and the University.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited graduate degree in Library or Information Science, or a graduate degree in a related discipline plus equivalent knowledge and experience
  • At least two years of experience managing digital repository and/or publishing platforms (DSpace, Fedora, Samvera/Hyrax, Open Journal Systems, etc.)
  • Direct experience with Library-based digital initiatives and services
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, manage, and implement digital projects and initiatives
  • Knowledge of digitization standards, digital image file specifications, digital audio and video codecs, and preservation standards for digital objects in a variety of formats
  • Demonstrated understanding of digital preservation issues, strategies, standards, and best practices
  • Knowledge of metadata standards used in digital Library collections (Dublin Core, MODS, PREMIS, etc.)
  • Commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace, and the ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, customer service, and project management skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical issues and solutions to a diverse set of stakeholders and the ability to translate user needs into technical requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with collections as data for text mining, network analysis, and other computational research methodologies
  • Familiarity with APIs for cultural heritage repositories, such as the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)
  • Experience supervising professional staff and/or student assistants

 

About

The Georgetown University Library is an agile organization located in the nation’s capital, committed to advancing Georgetown University’s global leadership in academics and research, while also addressing the requirements of the changing landscape of higher education and the evolving nature of scholarly communication.  By providing preeminent services, collections and spaces, the Library contributes to the creation, dissemination and preservation of knowledge, as well as the transformation of learning and research.

The Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse staff dedicated to excellence in service, continuous learning, and leadership within the library profession.  With diversity as one of its Library’s core values, the Library not only seeks to actively recruit and retain a diverse workforce, but also ensures the acquisition of a diverse collection of materials and a climate of openness and respect for all traditions, cultures, and ideas.

The Library actively promotes its values - lifelong learning, collaboration, leadership, quality, integrity, and diversity in its daily tasks.  Whenever possible, the Library offers flexible work schedules and telework options, and supports continuous learning opportunities in order to achieve the highest quality of service that can be offered.

The University offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes health insurance, tuition benefits for employees and their children, retirement benefits, as well as flexible work schedules and telework options.

Please note that COVID-19 has reshaped the way interviews and work locations will be managed at this time.  The safety and well-being of our colleagues and applicants is our first priority.  The Georgetown University Library anticipates conducting all interviews virtually.



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