Digital and Special Collections Librarian Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Ruth Lilly Medical Library seeks an innovative and energetic individual to lead collaborative efforts to identify, assess and provide access to the digital materials given to and created by the Ruth Lilly Medical Library. This includes the creation of metadata records and the implementation of policies regarding the creation, storage, preservation, organization, description, and access to these materials. The Digital Collections Librarian is also responsible for initiating and maintaining outreach, reference, and collection development activities for the History of Medicine and Special Collections related to the School of Medicine as well as regional, state and local history and culture. This position participates in the library liaison program and in curriculum-based education. This is a tenure track faculty position that reports to the Associate Director for Content Management and Assessment. The IU School of Medicine is the nation's largest medical school with nine campuses located throughout the state. The School is known for excellence in medical education, internationally recognized research programs and clinical care. The Ruth Lilly Medical Library is based in Indianapolis, adjacent to the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis campus. Forbes magazine recently listed Indianapolis as one of the 10 best downtowns in the country, with a cost of living below the national average.
Helps to ensure the accessibility of the print and digital resources of the Ruth Lilly Medical Library special collections by determining the appropriate intellectual organization and digital storage structure, analyzing the intellectual content of the source material, and conducting historical research for the preparation of metadata descriptions.
Designs and manages digital collections by establishing the metadata schema, controlled vocabularies, and exercising quality control of the software, equipment and metadata records.
Creates policies and procedures for managing born-digital materials for ingest, storage, preservation, organization, description, and access.
Provides access to print and digital special collections by compiling finding aids and creating collection-level records or metadata descriptions to assist online researchers.
Provides reference services for all Special Collections.
Initiates and perpetuates collection development activities by maintaining donor contacts, conducting field surveys, appraising potential collections, and acquiring/accessioning collections which meet the department's collection development policies.
Assists in fundraising activities, administrating and developing existing endowment programs, and obtaining internal and external grant funding for processing projects, records surveys, interpretive exhibits, and publications.
Promotes knowledge and use of the collections by making presentations, talks, and/or interviews to the media, library groups, historical societies, and elementary through college classes.
Assists with exhibits in Special Collections and develops displays for special events outside the department.
Collaborates with School of Medicine departments and other campus units to solicit and organize resources for the campus digital repositories. Supports the University's Open Access policy for archiving scholarly output.
Participates in the Library's Liaison Program, working with one or more departments as assigned within the guidelines and expectations of the program.
Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
Master's degree in library/information science or a related field
Knowledge of digital preservation theory and practice, including best practices, current technologies, relevant metadata and file format standards
Excellent analytical, interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, including working with people with diverse backgrounds
Experience working in an academic library environment
Experience with an institutional repository system including developing policies, service models, and strategies for securing appropriate content
Experience with conservation, preservation, and digitization techniques of materials in a variety of formats
Knowledge of scholarly communication issues, Open Access initiatives, intellectual property and copyright issues, and new forms of publication and research/creative activities
Knowledge of legacy digital formats and non-digital audio and audiovisual formats
Department Contact for Questions:
Laura Menard firstname.lastname@example.org
OAA #: IUSM006132016
Internal Number: 7944
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