Job: Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of New Orleans


REPORTS TO: Chair, Research and Technology Support Department
SUMMARY: Responsible for providing expert knowledge and leadership in technical planning, implementation, project management and support of the Library’s digital collection initiatives. Serves as an enthusiastic and dynamic liaison to the campus community in promotion and development of the library’s institutional repositories. Serves as subject specialist in one or more assigned subject areas, assuming overall responsibility for the development of the collection, reference, instruction, and outreach services in those subject areas. Works collegially with all personnel to achieve the Library’s mission. Participates as appropriate on other committees at the department, library, university and within the profession.


  • Collaborates with the Louisiana and Special Collections department to plan and implement digital collections
  • Works with the Library’s Scholarly Communication and Collection Development Librarian to promote ScholarWorks and other digital repository services to campus faculty
  • Works with other appropriate library and campus personnel to implement and manage digital projects
  • Seeks out new content and new partners for digital initiatives
  • Shares administrator duties for the library’s digital content management systems including Archon, CONTENTdm, Dspace, and ScholarWorks
  • Uses current cataloging standards to create records of digital collections in the online catalog as well as OCLC
  • Participates in grants development
  • Trains staff and others in the processes and procedures of digital projects and scanning to develop high levels of productivity and quality
  • Enters and trains staff in appropriate descriptive and administrative metadata for scanned materials
  • Develops web interfaces for repository resources
  • Prepares online exhibits of digitized materials
  • Promotes use of the Library’s digital collections through classroom demonstrations, in meetings and at professional conferences
  • Maintains awareness and develops in-depth knowledge of new technology, relevant national standards and best practices, assessing and integrating these into library practices for best results as appropriate
  • Serves as a Subject Specialist and instruction librarian for one or more campus departments
  • Serves in the Learning Commons as part of the Library’s reference and research responsibilities
  • Other duties as assigned

 ALA accredited MLS degree; demonstrable experience with digital repository technology and web design, knowledge of a wide variety of media including text, music, still images, audio and video, Familiarity with some or all of these metadata standards: MARC, EAD, TEI, VRA Core, Dublin Core, MODS, and METS. Experience with digital asset management systems such as Archon, CONTENTdm, and Dspace. Digital imaging experience; knowledge of database management principles and software; familiarity with applicable provisions of copyright law; knowledge of best practices in digital project creation, management, and preservation; excellent communication and interpersonal skills both orally and in writing; ability to work productively and collegially with diverse groups in an urban academic setting, and ability to meet the requirements of promotion and tenure.
Preferred: Experience working with archival and special collections materials. Experience with computer programming and scripting languages such as Javascript, MySQL, and PHP. Knowledge of Louisiana history; experience converting video and audio content to appropriate web formats; experience with vendors and consortia. Subject specialist, collection development and instruction experience.
SALARY AND RANK: This is a tenure-track 12-month academic faculty position at the Assistant Librarian rank. Salary: starting at $44,000, plus benefits.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications may be submitted by mail to the address below, or electronically to: Applications should include a cover letter addressing position qualifications, a complete and current vitae, and contact information (including telephone and email addresses) for three professional references.
Ms. Norma Mukherjee, Assistant to the Dean 
Earl K. Long Library
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA 70148.

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on November 11, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of New Orleans is an AA/EEO employer. Women, ethnic minorities, veterans, and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply.