Job Opportunity: Digital Projects Librarian at College of Charleston, Charleston (SC)

Digital Projects Librarian, College of Charleston, Charleston SC

Library Tenure Track Faculty

Job Posting: https://jobs.cofc.edu/postings/5674

Application Deadline: 2/15/2017

Position Summary

The Digital Projects Librarian serves as Project Coordinator to both the Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL) and the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI), striving to expand these projects and promote the history of the region. They will work with librarians, faculty members, and LCDL and LDHI partners, scholars, and contributors to digitize collections and create digital exhibits that support research about the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and historically interconnected sites in the Atlantic World. This position will keep abreast of trends in the creation, maintenance, and migration of digital collections and exhibits, and will make recommendations to improve procedures and access. They will work to assess complex digital project requirements and provide quality technical solutions to Library, College, and regional partners. The Digital Projects Librarian will work with the Directors of the Lowcountry Digital Library and the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative to continue to create and manage the creation of digital content that fits within the scope of these projects. This position reports to the Digital Services Coordinator and is a member of the Collection and Content Services team.

Responsibilities and Duties

Digital Libraries 45% of Effort

• Builds and manages the Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL) as the premier multi-institutional repository of digitized cultural heritage materials related to the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and historically interconnected sites in the Atlantic World.
• Coordinates and manages the daily operations of the LCDL Digitization Lab, including scheduling and quality control activities for both digitization and metadata creation.
• Designs, documents and oversees efficient digital production workflows supporting the creation of digital objects that conform to LCDL, South Carolina Digital Library, and Digital Public Library of America standards.
• Investigates and recommends digitization hardware and software.
• Communicates with vendors on issues related to hardware and software in the digitization lab.
• Trains and supervises staff and student employees on digitization and metadata creation. Provides training to all digital library partners on digitization and metadata creation as needed.
• Provides consultations on topics including metadata creation, digitization, digital content migration, and digital preservation.

Digital Exhibits 45% of Effort

• Develops, maintains, and promotes the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI) as an award-winning, collaborative digital public history project that highlights underrepresented race, class, gender, and labor histories within the Lowcountry region, and in historically interconnected Atlantic World sites.
• Establishes replicable project templates and workflows for digital exhibits.
• Performs editorial and layout responsibilities for LDHI digital projects.
• Trains and supervises graduate assistants, staff and/or student employees on image research, interactive media (digital timelines, maps, etc.) creation, and digital exhibit construction.
• Initiates, identifies, and develops relationships with scholars, librarians, archivists, and other professionals to create digital exhibits.
• Researches and develops grant proposals relating to digital exhibit creation.
• Provides consultations on digital exhibit design and execution.

Library and College Affairs 10% of Effort

• Undertakes research and/or professional development related to professional and scholarly interests.
• Serves on library, college, and professional committees, as elected and assigned.

Required Qualifications

• An advanced degree in library science or a relevant humanities field (such as history, public history, or museum studies). MLS/MLIS or equivalent, from an ALA accredited program, strongly preferred.
• Knowledge of emerging technology trends related to digitization, metadata creation, and digital preservation.
• Knowledge of non-MARC metadata standards and controlled vocabularies (LCSH, AAT, etc.)
• Working knowledge of digital asset management systems.
• Familiarity with web programming languages including HTML and CSS.
• Evidence of ability to do research, publication and service consonant with College standards for promotion and tenure.
• Interest, background, scholarly expertise, and/or professional experience related to digital humanities, Southern and/or Atlantic world history and culture, public history, and museums.
• Project management experience.
• Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
• Ability to communicate with technical and non-technical individuals.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Dual Masters or higher, with one degree being an MLS/MLIS or equivalent, from an ALAaccredited program, and an advanced degree in a relevant humanities field (such as history, public history, or museum studies).
• Experience with a variety of controlled vocabularies and non-MARC metadata standards used in digital collections, including EAD, MODS and Dublin Core.
• Experience with web programming languages including HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript and/or PHP.
• Proven experience with repository systems such as Omeka, Fedora Commons, and Dspace.
• Experience handling archives and special collections materials.
• Strong editorial background.
• Training and supervisory experience.
• Interest, background, scholarly expertise, and/or professional experience related to digital humanities, Southern and/or Atlantic world history and culture, public history, and museums.
• Project management experience.
• Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
• Ability to communicate with technical and non-technical individuals.

Founded in 1770, the College of Charleston is a public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina. The College of Charleston serves approximately 10,000 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate/certificate seeking students with more than 100 majors and minors. In 2012, Charleston was ranked #1 City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler and 5th among U.S. mid-sized cities for jobs by Forbes Magazine.

The College of Charleston Libraries are comprised of the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the Marine Resources Library, and the North Campus Library. The combined annual budgets exceed $5.6 million with a staff of 26 librarians and archivists, 50 staff, student and part-time employees.

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