Union is preparing its students for multiple tomorrows. To build on our strategic offerings, one area of focus is increasing our digital collections and making them available in multiple formats, ensuring many levels of access and ensuring sustainability and preservation of materials. The Digital Collections Librarian manages the intake, maintenance, and sustainability of digitized materials that support the Schaffer Library digital collections program. As part of the Content & Digital Library Systems department, the incumbent works closely with colleagues to manage selected digital repository and digital preservation platforms, ensuring both a high degree of functionality and that digital objects are available for research use in a variety of formats. This librarian serves as a resource for repository development and standards, and ensures that digitized and born-digital objects can be curated and maintained for short- and long-term access. The
incumbent works closely with colleagues, faculty, students, and others on campus to bring our digital collections to life. We seek a technology-savvy collaborator who enjoys new challenges and can help us to sustain current activities and contribute to new projects and services.
- Manage the ingest of digitized materials into the Schaffer Library digital repository.
- Manage the digital repository and digital preservation systems to ensure access and sustainability of digital objects.
- Provide technical expertise for workflow, scripting, and access to digital objects.
- Design workflows that support the digital preservation needs at the library and selected areas on campus.
- Collaborate closely with colleagues to ensure sustainable workflows and models for long-term digital preservation.
- Collaborate with library departments to build rich digital collections.
- Provide expertise on campus for the sustainability of digital objects in a variety of research, pedagogical, and collection-building projects.
- Perform consultations and lend expertise to a variety of repository needs on campus.
- Serve as liaison to external vendors for software maintenance and feature requests.
- Contribute to library-wide services and projects, such as instruction, workshops, and events.
- Pursue a program of professional development, scholarly activity, and service as described in the College’s criteria for promotion and retention.
- Master’s degree in library or information science required from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent education and experience.
- Minimum two years experience with a digital repository, such as CONTENTdm, Omeka, Islandora/Fedora, Samvera/Fedora, or bepress Digital Commons.
- Familiarity with linked open data concepts and commonly used repositories.
- Experience with common digital collections technologies such as content markup and transformation, scripting language, and command line interaction with an operating system. Desirables include XML/XSLT, PHP, Python, and Linux, Windows, or MacOS. Equivalent alternatives are acceptable.
- Ability to apply user-centered design principles to digital collections for library materials, research projects, and pedagogical work; demonstrated commitment to undergraduate education.
- Skills in planning, project management, implementing and assessing programs and services.
- Knowledge of current issues and trends in higher education and academic libraries including technological developments.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively with library colleagues, faculty, administrators, staff and students to accomplish goals.
- Must be safety conscious and able to work with a diverse group of individuals.
Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.
Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth-oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.
Union College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability coverage, a generous 11% retirement plan contribution and tuition remission.
Diversity at Union College
Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.
Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.