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Digital Initiatives Librarian, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Brandeis University seeks to hire a Digital Initiatives Librarian to be responsible for administration and configuration of institutional repository and related systems and applications.

Examples of Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for administration and configuration of institutional repository and related systems and applications, including but not limited to creation of new IR communities and collections.  Outreach to communities, for planning and performing batch loads of new collections, implementation of workflow, technical processes and methodology, and administering authorizations and roles within the institutional repository and related applications.
  • Works in conjunction with library systems staff, vendor support staff and open source communities, and Scholarly Communications to troubleshoot, resolve and escalate problems; works in conjunction with library systems staff to coordinate and perform application and system upgrades.  Creates specifications and scripting for metadata transformation and crosswalks.
  • Performs technical support for faculty and staff in the use of the institutional repository and related applications, and assists with process and workflow development.  Works as a member of the library team to plan and implement changes to delivered public interfaces; works as a member of the library team to integrate digital collections with other campus-wide applications.
  • Assists with creation of short and long-term plans for digitization of selected materials, working with content specialists and faculty members to determine priorities for digitization.  Works as a member of Library & Technology Service (LTS) teams to assist faculty and staff in decision making for new collections. Receives requests for assistance with digital materials, and evaluates the appropriateness of those materials for inclusion in current or future digital asset systems.
  • Performs execution and support of LTS institutional repository policies and procedures, and assists in the development of policies as needed.  Serves as resident authority for metadata and digitization standards.  Helps guide and ensure adherence to capture standards, metadata standards, preservation standards, technical workflow and quality control.
  • Back-up core function of systems in the library and be available for on-call 


  • MLS or MSI degree from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education; 3-5 years experience with library digital repositories
  • Experience developing and managing digital software (DSpace, ArchivesSpace); knowledge and experience working in Unix or Linux systems at the CLI
  • Proven engagement in the broader library systems community with a focus on administering and supporting digital initiativesapplications and services; familiarity with metadata standards such as EAD, MARC, Dublic Core
  • Strong organizational, communication, customer service and interpersonal skills; ability to work well with faculty, staff, and students.

Preferred skills:

  • Familiarity with digitization projects and standards for various materials, e.g. electronic theses and dissertations, manuscripts, photographs and audio and video recordings
  • Experience with scripting languages and using APIs; experience with CSS, XML, XSL, XSLT and harvesting standards; experience in a research library or academic library

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