Friday, May 8, 2009

Digital Projects Specialist (Temporary)

The UCI Libraries seek an experienced professional in the field of digital project management to support the Libraries' digital services. This is a temporary one-year appointment. The incumbent will explore, adapt, and support library information technologies for digital projects, including the application of standards, metadata, discovery interfaces, workflow design, production coordination, and quality controls appropriate to specific projects. Reporting to the Head of Information Technology, the successful candidate will work collaboratively with a variety of Libraries’ staff involved in digital preservation, management, and scholarship.

Core Duties:
· Plans and implements the submission process for digital assets to various digital services including the UC Libraries Digital Preservation Repository (DPR).
· Works with the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Program Working Group to develop solutions that can be integrated with other systems utilizing current standards and within the context of the Libraries' infrastructure.
· Collaborates and coordinates with other staff in the UCI Libraries, on campus and system-wide as appropriate
· Creates and maintains work and procedure documentation.
· Provides training, instruction, support, and documentation to library staff and non-technical personnel involved with projects.



· Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience
· Familiarity with current/emerging digital preservation technologies as well as digital library standards, protocols, and architectures
· Solid understanding of digital repository software (DSpace, Fedora, EPrints)
· Experience with or knowledge of relevant software tools and platforms, storage issues, and metadata issues pertinent to digital libraries and/or institutional repositories
· Experience with XML and XML-related technologies, such as XSLT, SGML/XML/XSL.
· Thorough understanding of standards and best practices for digital collections
· Working knowledge of a range of computing platforms, storage environments, and digital library metadata frameworks (such as METS, MIX, and PREMIS, as well as the OAIS model)
· Knowledge of digital reformatting and digital conversion policies and technical procedures, including cost factors and productivity issues;
· Ability to draft and maintain clear documentation and policies for digital projects and programs
· Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills;
· Excellent communication skills, including effective presentation and writing skills
· Ability to develop knowledge and skills related to the position continuously
· Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships ad to interact diplomatically with diverse constituencies
· Ability to work effectively in a team and in a dynamically changing environment
· Experience planning, implementing, and/or maintaining an institutional repository (IR) using DSpace, ContentDM, Fedora, or another IR package
· Basic knowledge of copyright and rights management issues as they relate to digital reformatting and scholarly communication
· Working knowledge of the University of California policies and procedures.

The Information Technology Department
The Information Technology Department is part of the Public Services Division. The department supports the infrastructure, systems administration, network, desktop, web presence, and digital project needs of the UCI Libraries, servicing all library staff and the University community. The Department comprises the Director, one librarian, and 12 staff positions.

The Libraries

The UCI Libraries are committed to innovation and excellence and are in a major period of growth and change. The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library. The Langson Library primarily serves the Schools of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Social Ecology, Business, the Department of Education, and Interdisciplinary Studies. The Science Library primarily serves the College of Health Sciences (including the School of Medicine) and the Schools of Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Information and Computer Sciences. The Grunigen Medical Library serves the clinical needs of the Health Sciences at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, located in Orange, 12 miles from the main campus.

The UCI Libraries have a staff of 248 FTE and an organizational structure that includes the use of teams in conjunction with departments. The library collection consists of over 3.1 million volumes, over 51,000 current serial titles, and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection. The UCI Libraries are a member of the: Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 1,500 faculty members. UCI has had an extraordinarily rapid rise to distinction in its first forty years, including membership in the Association of American Universities, three Nobel prizes since 1995, and ranking in many surveys among the nation’s best public universities.

Student enrollment is planned to reach 32,000 by 2014 accompanied by a proportional growth in faculty and staff. Nearly 60% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African-American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American. The University offers 42 doctoral programs in addition to the M.D. and J.D. UCI’s academic programs are ranked nationally among the top universities; several doctoral programs are ranked in the top ten.

Librarians at the University of California Irvine are academic appointees and receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment. Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research and other creative activity.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Preferred appointment level: $47,087 - $68,892 (Associate Librarian I – Librarian I).

Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave. The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans. Benefits are equal to approximately 40% of salary.

Deadline for Applications: Applications received by June 10, 2009 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To Apply: Electronic applications are preferred. Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send their application materials including: cover letter; complete résumé; and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference's professional relationship to the applicant, to:

Library Human Resources
UC Irvine, P.O. Box 19557
Irvine, CA 92623-9557
confidential fax (949) 824-3270

Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at, with links to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.

The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.

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