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Digital Services Librarian - Bridgewater State University

Location: USA - MA - Boston

Digital Services Librarian

Department Summary:
Bridgewater State University’s Library Services is located in the Clement C. Maxwell Library and is open an average of 94 hours each week during the academic year. It is a busy, dynamic place with classrooms, academic and administrative offices throughout the building. The library serves all BSU students, faculty, staff, and researchers from across the country and world.

Library Services is dedicated to meeting the needs of its communities, to updating its service models as pedagogies and librarianship evolve, to renewing the knowledge and skills of librarians and staff as practices change, to deploying new technologies to improve interactions with library users and to enhance user experiences.

Position Summary:
Library Services seeks an innovative, creative and service-oriented professional for the position of Digital Services Librarian. This is a tenure-track librarian position reporting to the Director of Library Services. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with others to identify, develop, deploy, manage, improve, and provide ongoing maintenance for the library’s digital publishing initiatives and its institutional repository with an emphasis on enhancing discovery, delivery, accessibility and usability of digitized content. The Digital Services Librarian investigates, evaluates, and recommends appropriate digital content for inclusion, including but not limited to images, data sets, audio, video, and other materials that support library services, teaching, learning, research, and creative activities as well as the tools to enhance digital content creation.


  • Administers the institutional repository (currently Digital Commons).
  • Designs, develops, deploys, and provides ongoing maintenance for the library’s digital publishing initiatives.
  • Digitizes relevant materials and learning objects creation. Supervises student workers involved with digitization.
  • Creates descriptive metadata utilizing national standards and best practices to optimize discovery.
  • Markets and promotes the digital repository to the campus, university alumni, and other institutions and individuals in the region.
  • Collaborates with the Archives & Special Collections Librarian and others (both on and off campus) to make historical materials available digitally in innovative ways, including creating online exhibits.
  • Creates and maintains policies and procedures guiding digital storage and preservation practices, including workflows for born-digital and digitized content.
  • Provides written reports, assessments, analyses, and documentation as needed and upon request.
  • Administers the Springshare platform and its tools in collaborations with Emerging Technologies & Systems Librarian.
  • Maintains the library’s website quality control and ensures it is ADA compliant.
  • Serves as a liaison to repository and digital content management vendors.
  • Participates in campus and regional digital scholarship and publication initiatives.
  • Serves as a liaison to academic departments.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relations with academic departments and faculty engaged in digital projects.
  • Participates in responsibilities for library policy decisions and project planning through committee and work group assignments.
  • Contributes to the profession and maintains professional knowledge through participation in appropriate state, regional and national library (and related) organizations.
  • Stays current with developments in librarianship, higher education. Stays current with developments in repository management and related products.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA -accredited institution.
  • Relevant experience in an academic, large public, or special library, or in a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience using a wide variety of platforms, applications, hardware, software, and programming languages.
  • Demonstrated experience using institutional repositories and/or other digital asset management systems.
  • Demonstrated experience using a variety of metadata schema and file formats.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and knowledge of various research methodologies.
  • Ability to effectively work independently and collaboratively.
  • Evidence of ability to successfully engage in professional activities and disciplinary scholarship to satisfy promotion and tenure requirements of the Massachusetts State College Association (MSCA) contract.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Second Master’s degree in a related discipline (second master’s degree required for promotion beyond associate librarian rank).
  • At least two years relevant experience in an academic or research library.
  • Experience using Digital Commons and/or other repository platforms, tools, and products.
  • Demonstrated experience managing projects.
  • Demonstrated experience with user experience and various assessment methodologies.
  • Demonstrated understanding of networks, server administration, and other technologies including but not limited to cloud-based tools and platforms.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting a diverse educational and work environments, and working with a diverse faculty and student populations.

Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

Posting Number: F00240P
Open Date: 01/24/2019
Close Date: 3/1/2019
Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:
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Bridgewater State University (BSU ) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.

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