DATE ENTERED: May 1, 2019
POSITION: Digital Projects Specialist
LOCATION: Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
APPLY BY: Screening of applicants will begin May 31, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Digital Projects Specialist: Reporting to the Head of Special Collections & University Archives, the Digital Projects Specialist oversees daily operations in converting a wide range of materials to digital formats, providing quality control, and ensuring that standards and best practices are followed. In collaboration with the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, the Digital Projects Specialist plays a key role in developing procedures, designing workflows, and identifying and testing tools and software to increase the department’s capabilities to address current and new needs. The Digital Projects Specialist administers and prioritizes multiple projects and tasks in order to meet the goals of the Digital Collections Program, including hiring, training, and supervising student employees and interns in digitization procedures, metadata creation, and ingest.

Required: Considerable knowledge of technical, descriptive, and preservation metadata standards/schemas and special vocabularies e.g. Dublin Core, MARC, PREMIS, MODS, METS, LCSH, AAT. Strong organizational and time management skills, strong service orientation, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; ability to adapt to change, analyze and solve problems and take initiative to find creative solutions; ability to work independently, as a member of a team, and partner collaboratively with colleagues across different departments and areas of expertise. Considerable experience with operating or the supervision of digitization equipment, tools, software and workflows. Some experience with digital library, institutional repository, and/or content management software and architectures such as CONTENTdm, Drupal, Omeka, Islandora. Some experience working in a library, archives, or museum; assisting with the application of metadata content and metadata structure standards relevant to the archival control of digital objects.

Preferred:  Considerable experience applying or advising on best practices and technologies for digitization. Some experience with curation of various formats (e.g. text, video, audio, still images). Some experience with oral history projects. Some experience creating and manipulating metadata, experience training and supervising students. Working knowledge of digital preservation trends, familiarity with policies, procedures, guidelines, and best practices for digital projects, working knowledge of the phases in a digitization project, including the selection, digitization, metadata, publication and publicizing of materials. Graduation from a four-year college or university and some years of experience in a library or archives and/or records management; or high school and extensive experience in a library or archives and/or records management; or equivalent combination of training and experience. Occasional evening or weekend hours may be required to support special events.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: $43,892 is the beginning salary, commensurate with education and experience.

Recognized as one of Virginia's premier research libraries, Old Dominion University Libraries are essential partners in teaching, research, and scholarly communication through expert, flexible, and entrepreneurial staff, access to information resources, and spaces that encourage reflection, exploration, and interaction. As collaborative leaders in the facilitation of information discovery, creativity, and innovation, the Libraries empower the ODU community to provide solutions to complex, real world problems.

Old Dominion University is a metropolitan state-supported institution with a diverse enrollment of more than 24,000, a leader in distance learning, and a Carnegie Extensive Doctoral/Research University. ODU is Virginia's forward-focused research university with rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, entrepreneurial research and collaboration, and initiatives that contribute nearly $2.6 billion annually to Virginia's economy.  More than 120 undergraduate and 130 graduate programs at the master's, education specialist, and doctoral levels and a wealth of certificate and professional development programs are offered.

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Screening of applicants will begin May 31, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

CONTACT:  A complete application will contain a cover letter addressing position requirements, resume and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references.  Submit applications to
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