Monday, November 19, 2007

Digital Initiatives Librarian

(IO # 65215)
The University of Idaho Library: Digital Initiatives Librarian. Assistant professor; full faculty status, rank and responsibilities; permanent 12-month tenure-track appointment.

The University of Idaho Library invites applications from innovative and service-oriented individuals for the newly-created position of Digital Initiatives Librarian. The Digital Initiatives Librarian will work closely and collaboratively with library and university employees to ensure that the University of Idaho Library’s digital initiatives are an integral part of its collections and services. The successful candidate will play a leading role in planning and developing a comprehensive strategy for emerging digital initiatives and projects that support the university’s vision for library services in a land-grant environment. Reports to Head of Special Collections & Archives.


The Digital Initiatives Librarian will collaborate with library faculty and the dean in developing, prioritizing and producing digital projects that blend traditional library activities with digital initiatives. As the library authority for digital library issues, this individual will play a key role in providing leadership and vision to plan and implement future library digital development. This person will oversee and contribute to the content of digital collections; provide ongoing assessment of the library’s digital services; supervise and train student staff. University of Idaho Library faculty are expected to participate in planning and governance, to be able to work comfortably in a shared decision-making environment, and to be active professionally in service and research.

Starting Date: March 2008

Salary and Benefits: Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor rank; $38,500. Benefits include standard state life and health insurance, generous annual leave and retirement options including TIAA-CREF.


Required: ALA-accredited MLS; demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective programs; experience digitizing and providing access to special or archival collections; experience with the concepts and software/hardware applications used in organizing and presenting digital information; excellent organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to handle complex analytical and detailed work; excellent oral and written communications skills; ability to effectively interact with audiences of diverse technological backgrounds; ability to work independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing environment; ability to fulfill research and scholarship requirements for academic rank and tenure.

Desired: Experience with a variety of metadata and associated functional standards, including Dublin Core, EAD, MARC, etc. and appropriate thesauri. Experience using OCLC CONTENTdm or other content management systems. Awareness of institutional repository issues and software requirements; applicable copyright law. Experience with developing grant proposals.

For full contact information and to apply, see the ATS online system at:, and find position number 10000052640 Digital Initiatives Librarian under the Academic Faculty category. Chair of Search Committee is Nathan Bender.

To enrich education through diversity, the University of Idaho is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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