Friday, September 13, 2013

Digital Projects Specialist

UWM Libraries seeks an energetic, knowledgeable, and technologically capable individual to serve as a Digital Projects Specialist. This position supports resource and digital collection development in the Library’s Digitization Department. The department has been building digital collections drawn from the Library’s unique collections in Archives, Special Collections and the American Geographical Society Library since 2001. Going forward, the department will be developing tools and exploring new modes of discovery and interactivity, such as geographic discovery, contextual materials, and social tools, and working closely with campus initiatives in digital scholarship, including the digital humanities.

The successful candidate will have experience working with digital collections and digital tool development in an academic library setting, and have a familiarity with common programming, web development and/or database languages such as PHP, MySQL, XSLT, JSON, and Javascript. Duties include development using open source tools, such as Omeka and Neatline, and integrating those tools with existing digital collections in CONTENTdm, interacting with faculty and staff to gather requirements for tool and digital collection development, working with Library Systems staff and campus IT to resolve technical issues, and supervising student workers in the Digitization Department. This position reports to the head of the Digitization Department.

Job Summary/Basic Function

  • Customize existing tools, including open source tools, for use on the UWM Digital Collections site 
  • Work with faculty and staff to gather requirements for tool and web development projects 
  • Work with CONTENTdm API to integrate custom tools into existing collections 
  • Evaluate existing tools and technologies, and investigate emerging technologies to identify potential uses. Prototype demonstration projects 
  • Help identify technical requirements and keep abreast of new research and development in digital humanities and other areas related to digital collections 
  • Document workflows and procedures, and help form policy for digital tool development 
  • Other duties as assigned 
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Evidence of relevant experience working with digital collection development 
  • Evidence of experience developing tools and applications using one or more of the following languages or standards, or related languages or standards: Javascript, JSON, MySQL, PHP, XSLT 
  • Demonstrated understanding of developments and trends in digital collections and digital humanities 
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Library Science, Information Science, Computer Science or related field with an emphasis on digital libraries, archives, humanities, or equivalent. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of metadata standards 
  • Demonstrated proficiency with programming and web development 
  • Experience working in a LINUX environment, specifically with LAMP services 
To apply:

Applicants must submit a letter of application, a current resume, transcripts, and names/addresses of three current professional references.

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Applications must be received on or before 10-5-13.

Questions may be addressed to Craig Wesley, 414-229-6201 or email to

If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 414-229-4463. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual’s disability.

UWM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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