Digital Materials Librarian, Tennessee State Library, Nashville, TN

Collaborate with team members on the long-term management of TSLA’s digital materials and resources. Propose, plan, and develop a digital preservation program for TSLA’s collections of enduring value in digital format. Establish policies and best practices for the long term protection and access to digital materials of all types, both created by or acquired by the Library & Archives, including text, images, data, audio-visual resources, web pages, and ephemera. The Digital Materials Librarian will assume a key role in the creation and development of a trustworthy repository of digital resources.

 Duties/Responsibilities

  • Assist in the ongoing development of requirements and specifications, including formats and metadata, for digital material TSLA solicits, accepts, or purchases into its collections, and advise both staff and external content creators on strategies and the practical implementation of those specifications.
  • Participate in collection development with primary responsibility for the Collection Development policy as it pertains to electronic resources. Perform cataloging of electronic materials, using proper descriptive cataloging, AACR2 rules, LC classification, and LC subject headings.  Supervise input of bibliographic information with OCLC and the library online catalog (LARC).
  • Track developments in metadata standards as well as recommend and design appropriate metadata schema (e.g., DC, MARC, MODS) to facilitate access to electronic resources and other collections. Work closely with others to implement newly adopted metadata schema.
  • Advise staff and digital initiatives on all phases of the life cycle of digital content with the aim of long term retention and access; provide training or orientations. Represent and champion digital preservation interests across the library, the archive, and to the community.
  • Prepare proposals for external funding for digital preservation projects. Develop specifications for vended services that support the digital preservation program; evaluate responses to proposals for such services and make recommendations for selecting vendors; and act on behalf of TSLA as a technical liaison on preservation issues to vendors providing digital materials. Represent TSLA in cooperative projects or programs in digital preservation.
  • Research and inform TSLA staff on contingency plans against threats to the digital collections, such as industry changes to file formats, natural disaster, and security breaches.
  • Stay current on developing technologies, standards, and practice in preservation of digital materials and resources; recommend responses to these developments through periodic alerts, summaries, reports, and revisions to policies and procedures. Represent TSLA in forums on digital preservation at the state, regional, national, or international level.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited college or university.
  • Knowledge of cataloging principles and of non-MARC metadata schemas (particularly MODS, Dublin Core, or EAD), standards, best practices, and applications.
  • Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Advanced coursework in Cataloging preferred.
  • Knowledge of library data systems, computer software, bibliographic and authority control. Knowledge of trends impacting libraries, archives, and technology, particularly in regards to digitization and digital preservation. Knowledge of the lifecycle management of digital material.
  • Understanding of issues related to digital formats, media, and migration is required, along with an aptitude for quickly mastering technical topics.
  • Highly motivated individual.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to work collegially are essential.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of twenty pounds and move loaded book trucks (about 180 books).
  • Ability to bend and lift materials onto stacks both in high and low positions.
  • Ability to work in stack environment with books that contain dust and other allergens.

Salary: $3,173 per month plus State of Tennessee benefits package.

To apply, please email your letter of interest and resume to Maggie Bahou, Director of HR, sos.hr@tn.gov or mail to the above address by August 30, 2013.

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