Summary of Duties: As part of a larger functional team, comprised of personnel from the Libraries Systems Office, the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, and Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections at Washington State University, this position will be the primary technical advocate for the creation and curation of sustainable digital collections. This position will support existing digital repository software solutions including: CONTENTdm, Omeka, Mukurtu, and Scalar. This position will also take a lead role in crafting the overall digital infrastructure and preservation plans at the Washington State University Libraries. The WSUL's current digital preservation strategy is executed by a collection of lightweight micro-services written, primarily, in Ruby. This full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position reports to the Head of Systems and Technical Operations at the Washington State University Libraries in Pullman, Washington.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Digital Infrastructure and Preservation:
Lead the implementation, management, and assessment of discovery and repository tools for digital collections.
Manage and improve established digital preservation procedures.
Provide leadership in crafting the overall vision for the development of digital collections infrastructure and services at Washington State University.
Serve as a university resource for students and faculty with respect to data stewardship, digital preservation and digitization standards and issues.
Actively seek partnerships across the University to identify and preserve at risk digital and analog content.
Provide technical support and training for CONTENTdm, Omeka, , Mukurtu, and Scalar.
As appropriate serve as official WSU Libraries' representative to institutional, regional and national organizations at the request of the unit head, Associate Dean, or Dean.
Scholarship, Service, & Professional Development:
Participate in faculty governance, and service as a library faculty member.
Conduct research and publish in areas of library and information science and other scholarly subjects.
Engage in library-wide initiatives as appropriate.
Maintain current awareness of digital library trends, content management technologies and Library Information Systems by reading professional literature, participating in professional organizations and committees, and attending workshops, institutes, seminars and conferences at local, state, regional, national and international levels.
Share relevant knowledge gained from professional activities and uses that knowledge to improve information systems operations and knowledge in the libraries.
Required Qualifications: Masters degree from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Library and Information Studies program at date of hire; excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, organizational, problem-solving and planning skills; ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.