Lexington, KY: Digital Collections Librarian, University of Kentucky Law Library

Job Opening Title: Digital Collections Librarian

Institution/Organization Name: University of Kentucky Law Library

Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Lexington

Application Deadline: January 12, 2017

Link to job posting: https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/131893

Years of experience required: 0-1

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: POSITION: Digital Collections Librarian – REQUISION # RE09259

Digital Collections Librarian

The Digital Collection Librarian plays a leading role in the presentation of University of Kentucky College of Law unique collections and scholarly output to the world. The Librarian will manage the College of Law’s institutional repository and digital publications platform, both of which are powered by Digital Commons (bepress). These initiatives are designed to promote the College of Law’s scholarly communications, and involve a significant effort in outreach and coordination with the College of Law’s administrators, faculty, and students. Following best practices, the Librarian devises scanning workflows and metadata schema appropriate to the diverse content in our collections, collaborates with library staff, and supervises interns and student workers. The Librarian maintains and expands the College of Law’s digital and physical collections and actively seeks out and defines new collections based on both digitized and born-digital content. Develops a depth of knowledge in the College of Law history and actively engages with campus partners to enrich and support campus wide initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Digital Collections Librarian is responsible for four key areas.

Digital Publishing: Works closely with content creators, editors, publishers to solicit, organize, upload, and maintain scholarly content within the library’s digital publishing platform.

Digital Curation: Assists in the selection of collections for digitization working closely with library and academic personnel; provides narrative descriptions for collections added to the digital repository; creates blog postings regarding newly added collections; coordinates and carries out description of digital objects with Center for Linked Data personnel; coordinates the preservation of digital content, and develops ways to strategically disseminate content to a diverse array of users.

Digital Conversion: Manages, oversees, and coordinates digital conversion, including normalization of content, analog to digital conversion (scanning, imaging, and copying), and formatting according to accepted preservation and access guidelines, standards, policies, and procedures.

Archiving: Assesses, collects, organizes, preserves, maintains control over, and provides access to physical records and archives determined to have long-term value.

Miscellaneous: Will occasionally serve as substitute for the Head of Technical Services for original and copy cataloging.
The above information has been designed to indicate the general level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or relevant experience; knowledge of current digitization standards and practices; knowledge of metadata including LCSH, MARC, and Dublin Core; knowledge of archival description and arrangement; the ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic environment; excellent organizational skills; and excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred: Experience curating digital collections in an academic library; experience with a digital repository, preferably bepress; and supervisory experience. Knowledge of XML and other programming languages.

Application: To be considered for the position, apply on the UK Jobs site at http://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/131893 by January 12, 2017. Upon offer of employment, successful applicants must undergo a national background check as required by University of Kentucky Human Resources.
The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from minorities and women.


About Meredith Lowe

Outreach Specialist in Continuing Education Services at UW-Madison SLIS. Erstwhile archivist.
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