Digital Services Librarian
Rank: Assistant Librarian
Tenure Information: Tenure Track
From Bridgewater State University’s inception in 1840 by Horace Mann as one of the first normal schools in America to the current day, BSU has worked to ensure that our students receive an accessible, affordable, and exceptional education. BSU aspires to be the leader in our mission class for closing equity gaps for Black/Cape Verdean, Latinx, Native American, Asian, and other students of color. BSU’s institutional values, the work of the President’s Special Task Force on Racial Justice, and leadership of the Leading for Change Higher Education Diversity Consortium underscore the campus’ commitment to racial equity and other forms of social justice.
The Clement C. Maxwell Library is open an average of 94 hours each week during the academic year. It is a busy, dynamic place with classrooms, academic and administrative offices throughout the building. The library serves all BSU students, faculty, staff, researchers from across the country and world, as well as the residents of the surrounding communities.
Library Services is dedicated to meeting the needs of its communities, to updating its service models as pedagogies and librarianship evolve, to renewing the knowledge and skills of librarians and staff as practices change, to deploying new technologies to improve interactions with library users and to enhance user experiences. Successful candidates will be staff members who can work with their colleagues to help meet the mission of the department in serving and supporting our racially and ethnically diverse campus community.
Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Maxwell Library at Bridgewater State University seeks an innovative, service-oriented Digital Services Librarian to develop, coordinate, and manage the Library’s digital collections, institutional repository, and related digital projects. The successful candidate will be a member of the Library Systems Department and will work closely with faculty and staff throughout the Library and University, particularly University Archives & Special Collections, the Electronic Resources & Collections Services Department, and Information Technology. The Digital Services Librarian investigates, evaluates, and recommends appropriate digital content for inclusion, including but not limited to images, data sets, audio, video, and other materials that support library services, teaching, learning, research, and creative activities as well as the tools to enhance digital content creation. In addition, the Digital Services Librarian may supervise Library Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and student workers.The Digital Services Librarian reports directly to the Dean of the Library. The incumbent will serve as a library liaison in selected disciplines. Participation in professional organizations, service in library and university governance, and appropriate professional development activities are expected and required for tenure.The Digital Services Librarian will
• Oversee library digital publishing initiatives, including e-journals, theses, and other university digital content.
• Administer the institutional repository (BePress Digital Commons).
• Establish and maintain effective working relations with academic departments and faculty engaged in digital projects.
• Demonstrate sensitivity and understanding of students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of abilities.
• Develop workflows and provide oversight of processing, description, publication, and long-term preservation of digital materials.
• Collaborate with the Emerging Technologies & Systems Librarian to develop and manage the Library Website.
• Supervise student workers involved in digital services projects.
• Collaborate with the Electronic Resources & Collections Services Department to create descriptive metadata utilizing national standards and best practices to optimize discovery.
• Serve as a library liaison in selected disciplines.
• Collaborate with the Reference Department and departmental liaisons to market and promote digital services and content.
• Collaborate with Archives & Special Collections to make historical materials available digitally in innovative ways, including creating online exhibits.
• In consultation with the Dean and the Library Program Area, create and maintain policies and procedures guiding digital storage and preservation practices, including workflows for born-digital and digitized content.
• Provide written reports, assessments, analyses, and documentation as needed and upon request.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA accredited program.
• Relevant experience in an academic, large public, special library, or in a related field.
• Demonstrated experience using a wide variety of platforms, applications, hardware, software, and programming languages.
• Experience using institutional repositories and/or other digital asset management systems.
• Experience using a variety of metadata schema and file formats.
• Commitment to customer service excellence/support to enhance an environment of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
• Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
• Strong analytical skills and knowledge of various research methodologies.
• Ability to adapt quickly in a dynamic, evolving library and campus environment.
• Ability to think strategically, set priorities, and manage responsibilities independently.
• Evidence of ability to successfully engage in professional activities and disciplinary scholarship to satisfy promotion and tenure requirements of the Massachusetts State College Association (MSCA) contract. http://mscaunion.org/contract/.
• Second master’s degree. (Required for promotion beyond associate librarian rank.)
• At least two years relevant experience in an academic or research library.
• Experience using Digital Commons and/or other repository platforms, tools, and products.
• Demonstrated experience managing projects.
• Experience with UX design and various assessment methodologies.
• Understanding of networks, server administration, and other technologies including but not limited to cloud-based tools and platforms.
Special Conditions for Eligibility:
Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement This position must comply with the University Covid-19 Attestation requirement. All employees – faculty, professional, classified, temporary hourly staff – must be fully vaccinated and complete the Covid-19 Attestation upon hire.
Medical or Religious Exemptions An employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on the existence of medical contraindication to vaccination. In addition, an employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on a sincere religious belief. In both cases, an employee will be required to submit documentation to support the request for an exemption. Employees who secure an exemption may be required to take additional precautions in the workplace and will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testingthrough the university’s Wellness Center.
Posting Number: F00388P
Open Date: 06/13/2022
Close Date: 9/12/2022
Open Until Filled: No
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position: *a minimum of three (3) professional reference entries.
To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/3146617
Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.