The Vassar College Libraries seek a dynamic, collaborative, and innovative library professional for the position of Digital Technologies Librarian. The incumbent will work alongside faculty members, students, librarians, and IT colleagues across campus and within open-source communities on projects that advance research, teaching, and learning. This position is an excellent opportunity to work within a team to develop and maintain tools, systems, and applications that enhance scholars’ ability to pursue new avenues for learning and research using the Library’s resources and expertise. The incumbent will also help to implement systems and services that bring library resources to our faculty and student scholars in innovative ways.
Our team is the Digital Scholarship and Technology Services department. We provide digital scholarship, digital library, repository, and technology services to the Libraries and the College. We work closely with other IT and academic computing groups on campus, and we strive to provide excellent digital services and collections to the Vassar community and beyond. Our goal is to create the best digital scholarship opportunities possible for our liberal arts college. We provide a congenial environment, interesting projects, and support for professional development and training.
As Digital Technologies Librarian, you will:
Advance digital scholarship on campus through collaboration with faculty and IT professionals on project planning and software implementation.
Work directly with objects, metadata, and functionality in our repository system and digital collections.
Provide consultations to faculty and students on their digital scholarship projects.
Work with the systems librarian and digital lab manager on various technology projects throughout the Libraries and the College.
A technology-savvy collaborator, working within a team to sustain current development and make new projects and services come to life.
A librarian aware of the trends and issues (technological and otherwise) surrounding digital scholarship, repositories, and research, and is excited by the challenges they bring.
A data and metadata enthusiast, understanding and enjoying the nuances of each to provide the best resources and digital scholarship possible.
Someone excited by presentation-layer work (e.g., visualizations or exhibitions), but also by solving technical challenges lurking under the surface.
An excellent communicator that enjoys collaboration and partnerships.
MLIS, MLS, or equivalent degree.
Experience writing web applications using common digital library technologies (e.g., PHP, Ruby, Python, XML/XSLT).
Experience with Drupal, WordPress, or other open-source content management system.
Familiarity with data and metadata standards, especially as they relate to digital scholarship or digital libraries.
Experience consulting with faculty and/or students on technology projects.
Experience working with common digital library or digital scholarship applications and tools (e.g., Solr, Blacklight, D3.js, Neatline).
Familiarity with repository concepts and trends.
Demonstrated proficiency in writing web applications with commonly used digital library coding languages.
Demonstrated experience with digital scholarship tools and projects.
Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.