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Head, Digitization and Preservation

Head, Digitization and Preservation

Texas State University Job Location: Texas Apply By: Open until filled. Date Created: 01-23-2023

POSITION TITLE: Head, Digitization and Preservation JOIN OUR TEAM AT TEXAS STATEUNIVERSITY LIBRARIES Our libraries are currently cultivating a team of professionals and seeking highly innovative and enthusiastic individuals who want to contribute to our growth and development. Under new leadership, we are excited to rethink how library functions have evolved during the pandemic and embrace hybrid and remote work opportunities for some positions. As an Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member, Texas State’s University Libraries are at the forefront of advancing equitable, enduring research and scholarship. We are creating a culture of creativity and experimentation as we pursue librarians, archivists, curators and specialists at all levels who want to support student success and be a part of the university’s “run to R1.” ABOUT UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES Our libraries provide vital services and resources that fuel the success of research and innovation at Texas State University. We comprise three facilities and two prestigious collections that are continually evolving to meet the needs of the growing university and an ever-changing, technology-driven world. The Albert B. Alkek Library in San Marcos offers a rich collection of digital and print resources to support student learning and enhance faculty teaching and research. The Round Rock Campus Library supports the research and information needs of faculty and students on the growing Round Rock campus by offering all the resources and services of a large academic library in its comfortable setting. The Archives and Research Center is a state-of-the-art preservation library that will protect decades of university treasures and library resources. The Wittliff Collections is a campus gem that is committed to preserving the creative legacy of the Southwest through its Southwestern Writers Collection, Southwestern and Mexican Photography Collection and Texas Music Collection. These three cultural pillars provide the keystone for discovery of our region's heritage through thousands of archival treasures collected firsthand from such icons as Cormac McCarthy, Sandra Cisneros, Edward Curtis, and Willie Nelson. The University Archives provides the key to unlock the stories of Texas State University that connect its past to its present. The collection includes materials that document the history and legacy of the university and provide researchers with unique sources of information about Texas State and the Hays County region. We are committed to advancing the goals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility for all. We serve as the university’s intellectual, social, and technological center with physical and virtual environments that incorporate modern design principles. We are guided by the purpose of inspiring, and empowering exploration, ingenuity, and discovery. We embrace intentional education experiences through co-curricular efforts that support student engagement. POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Head of Digitization and Preservation is responsible for leading the creation, implementation, and ongoing policies, procedures, and workflows to collectively preserve the born-digital and digitized collections of the Texas State University Libraries. The person in this position will oversee operations of the Digitization Lab, provide strategic planning to expand digitization services, and operationalize processes for new media format digitization and the development of a robust digital preservation workflow. This position will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to align and expand digitization and preservation efforts of the University Libraries that increase access to research and digital scholarship. DUTIES:
  • Develop a robust digital preservation workflow and ingest system in a consistent manner including preparing and migrating digital content for long-term preservation.
  • Supervise the work of the Digitization Lab and lead guidance and strategic planning initiatives to expand digitization services for existing and new media formats.
  • Create and maintain policies and procedures for digitization services and preservation of born-digital and digitized collections.
  • Engage with university and community partners on digitization services and digital preservation strategies and implementations.
  • Participate in professional development, service, and creative/scholarly activities in accordance with Librarian/Curator Career Ladder expectations.
  • Applicants must specifically address how they meet these required qualifications to meet the requirements of the position.
  • Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association, or equivalent library science program.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities, projects, and stakeholders effectively.
  • Experience with current tools, methodologies, and best practices for managing the long-term preservation of digitized and born-digital materials.
  • Knowledge of digitization workflows, standards, and best practices.
  • Experience supervising and directing the work of staff and students.
  • Working knowledge of digital repositories and related standards.
  • Experience working effectively with external partners, including vendors.
  • Familiarity with standards of care for handling rare and fragile materials.
  • Demonstrated experience developing workflows and policies for digitization.
  • Demonstrated experience developing workflows and policies for long-term preservation.
POSTING NOTICES: You will be required to electronically attach a resume, cover letter, and list of references to your application. LEGAL AND REQUIRED NOTICES: Texas State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, committed to inclusive thought and action in support of our diverse community. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and all those who share our commitment to inclusivity and passion for the strength of our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. Employment with Texas State University is contingent upon the outcome of record checks and verifications including criminal history, driving records, education records, employment verifications, reference checks, and employment eligibility verifications. Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking and the use of any tobacco product will not be allowed anywhere on Texas State property or in university owned or leased vehicles. Texas State University is a member of the Texas State University System. Texas State University is an EOE. Texas State is committed to increasing the number of women and minorities in administrative and professional positions. Why work at Texas State?
  • Amazing health insurance: various coverage options starting your first day of employment for full-time employees with Texas State paying 100% of the employee premium and 50% for your dependents!
  • Generous paid time off: vacation, holidays, sick days and many more!
  • Excellent work life balance resources: mother and family-friendly resources in addition to a comprehensive FREE wellness program.
  • Great training and development opportunities: choose from a variety of classroom and online course offerings, learning resources, certifications, and employee educational support programs.
  • An inclusive Bobcat community: join our many social networks offered on and off-campus.
  • Retirement peace of mind: TRS pension, retirement plans and voluntary saving options with generous employer contributions.
By joining the Texas State Bobcat team, you’ll be a part of one of the most beautiful, diverse, and growing universities in the nation.

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