The Digital Content Management Librarian works primarily to support the digital asset and content management needs of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), including Gutman Library, the Teaching and Learning Lab, Programs in Professional Education, Information Technology, and other units. Reporting to the Collections Strategist and Scholarly Communication Librarian, the incumbent supports digital and analog management of the Library’s core collections and special collections.
The Digital Content Management Librarian serves as an active member of both Gutman Library’s Digital Scholarship & Scholarly Communications Team, and Research Services Team. The position leverages digital repositories, publishing systems, and other platforms to support HGSE’s curricular, research, and strategic priorities.
Duties & Responsibilities
Specific areas of responsibilities include:
Content Management Duties
- Develop and oversee HGSE’s content management process that addresses the full lifecycle of digital content (e.g. creation, copyright, licensing, storage, retention, preservation, cleaning, and reuse).
- Identify a repository and publishing solution for managing, organizing, and distributing HGSE community content, possibly including digital learning objects and modules, digital scholarship projects and e-portfolios, open educational resources, digital exhibits, research data collections, restricted licensed collections, etc.
- Oversee documentation, training, and policies on repository use and processes, including continual review and ongoing optimization of workflows.
- Coordinate with existing repositories administered by the Harvard Library, including the Digital Repository Service (DRS) and Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH); complementary projects undertaken by the Harvard Library Digital Strategies & Innovations unit; and those administered by HUIT, such as Digital Assets for Reuse in Teaching (DART), to design connected workflows or interoperability.
- Oversee workflows related to collecting, storing, and preserving HGSE faculty intellectual output in the university’s institutional repository, DASH.
Research, Teaching, and Learning Duties
- Work closely with other Gutman Library units and personnel, including both the Research and Writing Services Teams, to integrate digital scholarship and repository support into the Library’s overall service offerings (e.g. instruction, discovery, preservation, research, etc.).
- Collaborate with the Special Collections Team to develop digital exhibits and serve as the lead functional liaison to faculty, departments, and other librarians working with digital exhibit technologies and services.
- Collaborate with the Digital Scholarship & Scholarly Communications Team to explore and develop innovative digital library initiatives and services to support evolving models of research, such as the creation of digital scholarship, the curation of open educational resources, etc.
- Provide library instruction via research consultations, reference queries, or curriculum-integrated classes.
- Master’s degree in library or information science, archives, or another advanced degree in a related field.
- Demonstrated relevant work experience in an academic or research environment.
- Demonstrated initiative and leadership in developing user-centered digital repositories or related library services.
- Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and software platforms, and to effectively train or teach others in their use.
- Demonstrated understanding of digital library standards and practices, data standards, and standards for multimedia content, metadata, controlled authorities, and user experience.
- Knowledge of digital formats (e.g. image, audio, video, data, object, text, etc.) and their associated best practices for online access and digital preservation.
- Experience managing and describing digital content in at least one digital object repository and/or delivery system (e.g. Digital Commons, DSpace, Samvera, Islandora, Widen, etc.).
- Experience with basic data reporting/usage statistics, along with skilled proficiency with using potential database technologies (e.g. Oracle, etc.)
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