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Digital Repositories Librarian at Virginia Tech


Digital Repositories Librarian

The Virginia Tech Libraries invites applications and nominations for candidates who will bring vision

and creativity to developing, promoting, assessing, and sustaining a digital repository (DR) for the

university’s unique resources. The Digital Repositories Librarian will provide modern, web‐based

repository services, oversee daily management, instruction, promotion, and long-term planning for the

repository, and coordinate digital reformatting operations that preserve and improve access to l

resources. This faculty appointment carries responsibilities including research, publication and

service to meet both the Libraries’ and the University’s requirements for continued appointment and

promotion. Virginia Tech is a top tier university; its Libraries are () a member of the

Association of Research Libraries, Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, Center for

Research Libraries, Coalition of Networked Information, the LOCKSS Alliance, the Networked Digital

Library of Theses and Dissertations, the MetaArchive Cooperative, and the Scholarly Publishing and

Academic Resources Coalition.


Rapid deployment of a multi-media research database and digital repository, working with two new

positions also being advertised--Digital Technologies Development Librarians, the Digital Library and

Archives (DLA) staff, and others. Develop repository policies, procedures, workflows, and services.

Oversee digital repository collections and services, including developing and securing content,

communicating with and providing support to contributors and users, and evaluating and maintaining

quality control of the processes, collections and services provided by the unit. Collaborate with and

support liaison librarians in their efforts to recruit and collect scholarly content. Share a deep

knowledge of the scholarly process and an avid interest in the future of digital research, including

open access and preservation. Manages new repository team; develops standards, goals, and

expectations for evaluation of the team and carries out that evaluation. Works collaboratively with

others to develop and expand mutually beneficial infrastructures and services related to digital

repositories, preservation, and other digital initiatives. Reports to the DLA Director and assists in

shaping overall strategy and direction of the department.


ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent and demonstrated experience working in an academic library.

Experience using technology to deliver digital content and with implementation, management, and

use of at least one institutional repository. Knowledge of current library technologies, standards, and

best practices. Experience designing, planning, implementing, and maintaining complex projects,

including managing technical projects. Knowledge of digital reformatting and conversion trends

including metadata, policies and technical procedures, intellectual property issues, service models,

and strategies for securing appropriate content. Commitment to customer services, and excellent

communication skills. Demonstrated leadership, including managing change in a positive way,

encouraging innovation and creativity, influencing outcomes, and developing partnerships.

Resourceful, innovative, and flexible; works effectively independently and in a team; and manages

multiple tasks and competing priorities well.

Salary: commensurate with credentials and experience.

Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor. Administrative and Professional Faculty appointment.

Continued Appointment.

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