Digital Scholarship Librarian – University of California – Los Angeles, CA

Department: UCLA Digital Library Program

Rank and Salary: Associate Librarian – Librarian ($53,116 – $88,253)

Position Availability: Immediately

Application deadline for first consideration:  February 11, 2015

The UCLA Library seeks an innovative and collaborative information professional to serve as Digital Scholarship Librarian within the Digital Library Program. This is a forward-looking, transformative role for an individual with a passion for range of cutting-edge activities within digital scholarship, including building new digital collections, developing services in support of research, teaching and learning, and managing digital projects and project teams, including collaborations with faculty and with partners nationally and internationally, and with Library staff responsible for metadata creation, data curation, collection development, and Web services development. The Librarian also leads the Program’s outreach and social media presence, and participates with colleagues in ongoing collaboration with campus partners such as the Center for Digital Humanities, Institute for Digital Research and Education, Social Sciences Computing, and the Department of Information Studies.

Description of Institution and Library

One of ten University of California campuses, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is located in Westwood Village, approximately five miles from the Pacific Ocean near Santa Monica. Comprised of the College of Letters and Science and 11 professional schools, the 419-acre campus features 163 buildings. UCLA has more than 4,000 faculty and academic staff and approximately 26,000 employees overall. Founded in 1919, UCLA offers 337 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and has more than 28,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate students. Academic excellence, faculty distinction, and a comprehensive curriculum are hallmarks of UCLA, which is a member of the Association of American Universities. Among the faculty are fourteen Nobel Laureates, twelve Rhodes Scholars, ten National Medal of Science winners, a Fields Medal Winner, eleven MacArthur Grant winners, and seventy-eight Guggenheim Fellows. UCLA is California’s largest university and is a model for public institutions of higher education. As the seventh largest employer in the region, UCLA generates almost $14 in economic activity for every $1 state taxpayers invest in UCLA and generates an annual $11.9 billion economic impact for the state of California.

Consistently ranked among the top 10 academic research libraries in North America, the UCLA Library is comprised of 10 major libraries and 11 library wide departments including the Southern Regional Library Facility, the remote storage facility for the southern UC campuses, all of which report to the University Librarian. In addition, there are 12 affiliated library units located on the campus. There are approximately 105 librarians on the campus, and the UCLA Library has a staff of approximately 200, and approximately 400 – 500 student employees. The Library has an organizational structure that includes the use of teams in conjunction with departments and units. The library collection consists of more than 11 million volumes and more than 78,000 current serial titles and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection. The Library’s annual budget is in excess of $44 million; more than $10 million supports the acquisition of print and digital material, and the library is part of the California Digital Library. The UCLA Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

The UCLA Digital Library Program serves as the catalyst for the creation, management, and delivery of digital content in support of the UCLA Library mission and goals. The Program provides for the storage and dissemination of digital objects, including text, images, audio, and video in their various digital manifestations and combinations. The UCLA Library provides a web presence for digital collections and projects, and provides storage, backup and digital preservation support for all digital content accepted into, or developed by, the Library. Program staff collaborate with faculty, and instructional and research units across with campus and beyond to develop integrated and innovative platforms and environments that provide a solid foundation for 21st century instructional and research activities.

Position Duties

Reporting to the Head of the Digital Library Program, the Digital Scholarship Librarian (DSL) is a member of a highly motivated and integrated team of digital project managers and developers that initiate and collaborate on digital library and scholarship initiatives throughout the UCLA Library, with UCLA faculty partners and partners UC-wide, and beyond. The DSL is knowledgeable of contemporary digital library standards for the creation, management, description and preservation of digital objects in all formats, both simple and complex, and tracks development of standards and community practice in emerging areas of digital library engagement, such as data management/curation and linked data. The DSL is familiar with the use of technology, digital analytical and processing techniques and markup standards used by faculty instructors and researchers in the Digital Humanities, and engages with faculty in the social sciences and sciences to foster Digital Library integration into the scholarly enterprise as appropriate. Working with both permanent and ad hoc, project-specific teams the DSL provides expert advisory and management services for digitization and online publication projects, coordinates metadata creation with the Head of Metadata Services and content experts, and works with Digital Library developers and external vendors to develop innovative platforms for dissemination of and interaction with digital collections and digital environments of various types. The DSL works with other Digital Library staff to integrate digital collections and services into the instructional and research activities of UCLA faculty and users worldwide.

The DSL is expected to have knowledge and/or experience in one or more areas of emerging importance for digital libraries and digital scholarship, such as: maps and geographical information as it relates to digital libraries; data and data management services; non-traditional digital library content (e.g. social media and other ephemeral materials, both digital and digitized); the integration and interoperability of digital library services through linked data; the integration of digitized and born-digital materials; publication and visualization services in digital libraries.

The position responsibilities are in the following major areas:

Project Management

Assist faculty and other clients to plan effective, innovative and sustainable digital projects. Engage library staff experts in metadata, preservation, in projects as appropriate. Develop and document project plans and workflows to meet defined objectives. Initiate work of project implementation team. Work with Head, UCLA Digital Library Program and Head Software Development and Project Management to ensure project goals are met in a timely fashion. Train, supervise and evaluate student employees. Engage with software designers and developers, both internal employees and external contractors to develop engaging, informative and effective user interfaces. Employ effective review and evaluation of projects upon completion.

Outreach, Promotion and Instruction

Manage the Digital Library Program web site and social media presence. Participate in social media activities to promote projects and initiatives. Coordinate the DLP blog. Solicit contributions from DLP colleagues, Library and campus partners. Write promotional, instructional and informational as appropriate to support the activities of the Program. Seek out and develop opportunities for partnerships with faculty and academic units on campus. Provide orientation and instruction to project participants and others as needed to support Digital Library and partner projects. Participate in national and international meetings, symposia and projects in support of the Library’s and the University’s research and instructional mission. Maintain knowledge of developments in digital libraries and digital scholarship including both infrastructure and standards developments.

Infrastructure, Standards and Workflow Development

Participate with information technology and academic colleagues in the development of infrastructure and standards to support digital collections and scholarship. Develop new workflows to support innovative scholarship around a variety of digital content, including traditional library content, born-digital material, research data and other digital products of scholarship, and other digital materials utilized by faculty in their research. Develop new workflows to accommodate emerging data discovery and exchange standards, such as the Resource Description Framework and Linked Open Data.

Required Qualifications

·        ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science OR an advanced degree in an appropriate subject discipline with relevant special collections or archival training.

·        Excellent written and oral communication skills.
·        Knowledge of national digital library standards for digitization and metadata creation across all standard formats (images, moving images, audio, video, text) and metadata domains (descriptive, technical, administrative).
·        Knowledge of and demonstrated experience working with library XML standards such as MODS, EAD, TEI.
·        Experience managing digital library or digital humanities projects in an academic setting.
·        Ability to effectively lead teams with participants with a range of technical abilities.
·        Ability to initiate and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and managers.  Ability to work harmoniously and as a team player, thrive in a team-based environment, and skill in fostering teamwork among others.
·        Ability to follow directions from supervisors (and to provide clear directions to staff and student employees).
·        Experience with one or more digital library management systems (e.g. ContentDM, Islandora, Hydra).
·        Ability to get to work reliably and on time and to be present in the workplace during normal working hours.

Desired Qualifications
·        Experience developing user interfaces for digital library content or digital humanities projects.
·        Experience with post-completion project review and evaluation.

General Information

Professional librarians at UCLA are academic appointees. Librarians at UCLA are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). They are entitled to appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.

Application Procedures

Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply here:

Applications must include:

§  a cover letter describing qualifications and experience;

§  a current resume/vitae detailing education and relevant experience; and

§  the names and contact information for at least three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor.

Candidates applying by February 11, 2015 will be given first consideration for this position.

UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities.  UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Employment is contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.

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