Digital Initiatives Librarian

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Kansas State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of Digital Initiatives Librarian. This new position will be responsible for coordinating, evaluating, and optimizing digitization procedures, including capture, presentation, preservation, and other digital asset management activities. The incumbent will lead and participate in the strategic development of innovative, scalable, and sustainable digital collections through the establishment of benchmarks and specific objectives. The individual will directly supervise 2 FTE in the Digital Initiatives Unit, and collaborate with librarians, faculty, and staff to identify, implement, and promote access to digital collections. The incumbent will also serve as a member of the Metadata, Preservation, & Digital Initiatives Management Team.



This is a full-time tenure-track position reporting to the Head of Metadata, Preservation, & Digital Initiatives. The candidate should demonstrate a commitment to scholarly/creative activities and professional service necessary for pursuing tenure at Kansas State University Libraries. To be successful in this position, the incumbent must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills to establish and maintain productive working relationships.



Main Responsibilities

  1. ·         Coordinate, develop, maintain, and execute digital initiatives, workflows, and policies as they pertain to the Libraries’ digital program
  2. ·         Provide technical expertise in the application of methods used to grow, develop, and manage digital collections
  3. ·         Employ best practices and standards for digital programs
  4. ·         Lead the cross-departmental Digital Projects Team to effectively plan, prioritize, manage, assess, and preserve the Libraries' expanding digital collections
  5. ·         Collaborate internally and externally to develop a digital collections infrastructure
  6. ·         Enhance the user experience for the digital collections
  7. ·         Identify grant opportunities and work collaboratively to create proposals in support of digital initiatives
  8. ·         Engage and stay current on digital library trends, developments, applications, and industry standards in order to ensure K-State adopts appropriate changes in digital collection management activities


Required Qualifications

  1. ·         ALA-accredited master’s degree or other related terminal graduate degree
  2. ·         Minimum two-years’ experience supporting and developing digital collections 
  3. ·         Knowledge and understanding of the standards needed to manage digitization activities including capture, ingest, metadata, preservation, and presentation
  4. ·         Proven expertise with current technologies, platforms, and products (DSpace, Omeka, Photoshop, etc.) as they relate to digital materials
  5. ·         Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and lead projects to completion
  6. ·         Working knowledge of intellectual property and copyright issues as they relate to digital collections
  7. ·         Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills in an environment requiring attention to detail and a high level of accuracy

Preferred Qualifications

  1. ·         Working knowledge of CSS, XML, XSLT, or other open web standards
  2. ·         Ability to articulate current metadata best practices and standards such as Dublin Core, EAD, MARC, METS, MODS, TEI
  3. ·         Demonstrated successful supervisory experience
  4. ·         Experience with online exhibit tools, social media, programming or scripting languages
  5. ·         Experience in a research or academic library, archive, or museum
  6. ·         Knowledge of trends relating to digital humanities


Kansas State University Libraries and the Community

Kansas State University Libraries strives to develop a diverse, talented team dedicated to providing professional and innovative services to our communities. The Libraries advance the University’s teaching, research, and service with 3 million volumes and collection strengths in the subject areas of cookery, the consumer movement, military history, biosecurity, food safety, grain science and milling, prairie studies, historic costume and textiles, and children's literature. For more information about the Libraries’ long-range goals, applicants are encouraged to review the Libraries’ strategic plan.


Affectionately nicknamed “The Little Apple,” Manhattan is a rapidly developing community located in the scenic Flint Hills region of Kansas. A classic college town featuring Big XII sports, our community also offers superb outdoor recreation and a year-round slate of cultural attractions. Forbes Magazine has rated Manhattan #1 for “Best Small Places for Business and Careers.” Manhattan’s highly regarded public school system and excellent parks contribute to its reputation as an outstanding place. Manhattan is situated just off Interstate 70, less than two hours west of Kansas City, and the regional airport offers multiple daily direct flights to Dallas and Chicago. While the main campus is located in Manhattan, Kansas State also has campuses located in Salina and Olathe.



The Libraries aim to attract exceptional talent, and we offer competitive salary in recognition of responsibilities and experience.


To Apply

Combine the following documents into a single PDF file and send to, attention Michelle Bowen. Please include DILIBN2014 in the subject line:


1.  A letter of application. To greatly strengthen your application, please apply your communication skills to clearly address the position responsibilities and qualifications listed above, and demonstrate how your work style, vision, and other distinctive qualities would enhance our organization.

2.  A curriculum vitae

3.  Names and contact information for three references


Application deadline August 13, 2014.


Kansas State University is an EOE of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Background check required. Kansas State University actively seeks diversity among its employees.

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