Thursday, November 18, 2010

Digital Projects Librarian: Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York

Position Information-Administrator

Posting Date: November 11, 2010

Position Title:

Digital Projects Librarian


Main Library

Duration of Position:

Full year / Full time

Posting Number:


Position Summary and Responsibilities:

Vassar College seeks a Digital Projects Librarian. This is a new position, reporting to the Head of Library Technology. The digital projects librarian will serve as an essential member of our recently created digital initiatives team. This team will have responsibility for developing a program of support for the creation, delivery, access and preservation of digital content and collections in the broadest terms.

We seek an innovative, energetic individual who will work collaboratively to research, develop, refine and implement interfaces, infrastructure, policies, procedures, workflows, metadata standards and crosswalks for digital collections and projects. This librarian will manage assigned projects, and participate in the overall management of digital collections and production work, including the application of standards, metadata, workflow design, production coordination, and quality controls. Additionally, the successful candidate will participate in the maintenance and development of the library's website and other library systems.


Required: MLS or equivalent degree or experience; demonstrated knowledge of and interest in current and emerging trends, issues and best practices in digital library initiatives and projects and the technologies used to support those initiatives. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to display imagination, ingenuity and humor in solving problems and in working with people.

Highly desirable: Experience with creating and applying metadata standards to describe digital collections. Experience with XML, XSLT, cross-walking, and scripting. Experience with standards- based non-MARC metadata schemas, such as Dublin Core, MODS, METS, EAD and TEI. Solid understanding of digital repository software. Knowledge of digital preservation practices, including cost factors and productivity issues.

Desirable: 1-3 years experience working in an academic library setting on digital projects. Knowledge of traditional cataloging standards such as MARC, AACR2, RDA and LCSH. Knowledge of XHTML, CSS, Javascript and PHP. Additional advanced degree(s) and/or demonstrated scholarly interests and accomplishments.

To Apply:

Please visit us at To complete your on-line application, you will be required to attach your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references (Word or PDF format required). This position will remain open until filled.

Vassar is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.