Digital Collections Coordinator

University Of Michigan Ann Arbor , MI 48103

Posted 3 weeks ago

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Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is seeking a Digital Collections Coordinator, with experience in the creation of digital collections and the software and applications that are the underpinning of those collections. The successful candidate will build, test, preview and maintain new and existing digital collections, in partnership with established and new content stakeholders. The successful candidate will also collaborate with a team of librarians, developers, and other experts on a major initiative to build a new digital library system architecture. The new system will make use of recent developments in the open source community and will handle a wide array of materials: text and images, archival materials, historical records, museum specimens, and more. This is an opportunity to join a skilled and forward thinking group, and to gain experience with modern technologies that support web-based research and scholarship.

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world's largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant University community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the University's world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work. We champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work engages a broad and diverse community with wide-ranging needs and concerns, and we empower all employees to actively participate in the ongoing process of learning about and responding to these needs. We value the synergy that results from sharing and leveraging our different experiences, backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests to build an environment in which all our community members can flourish.


Work with stakeholders and developers to build and maintain digital collections (50%)

  • Building, testing, previewing and maintaining the material received from content stakeholders inside web interfaces

  • Working with content stakeholders to create a discovery web interface to the digital collection that includes basic searching and browsing capabilities, as well as custom requirements prioritized by the content stakeholder

  • Voicing needs and concerns with software developers on staff, and work with the developers to engineer an appropriate solution

Work with HathiTrust and Library Information Technology staff to enable efficient and timely scanning of volumes from our shelves, for both our concierge service and other projects (30%)

  • Developing workflow that is manageable and trackable by all parties

  • Efficiently and effectively processing the volumes through that workflow

  • Identifying and resolving issues and hurdles that result

  • Working with the Digital Content and Collections head to migrate the head's responsibilities in this area to the appropriate parties

Work with Library Information Technology and stakeholders to migrate digital collections from the current platform to the new platform (20%)

  • Working directly with the teams building the Digital Collections Platform (DCP) initiative

  • Providing testing support for content migration tools and processes

  • Managing, and effecting, the migration process collection by collection

  • Assessing concerns and issues, and working with DCP staff to fix those issues

Required Qualifications*

  • Between 2-5 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.

  • Demonstrated understanding of metadata structures and associated tools used to build digital collections.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with both technical staff and stakeholders on complex digital collection projects.

  • Ability to think independently and work collaboratively within and across organizational boundaries in order to achieve shared goals.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

  • Demonstrated aptitude for quickly learning new topics.

  • Experience and comfort working in groups.

  • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Demonstrated affinity for technology.

  • Familiarity with working in open source projects, such as Samvera.

Additional Information

Salary Range:

  • $56,000-$62,000 for Assistant;
  • $62,000-$68,000 for Associate
  • (potential salary range to be discussed)

Appointment is anticipated at Assistant or Associate Librarian rank. Salary is dependent on the candidate's qualifications and experience. Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library's process for librarian promotion and advancement.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Job Detail

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  • Working Title

Digital Collections Coordinator

  • Job Title


  • Work Location

Ann Arbor Campus

Ann Arbor, MI

  • Full/Part Time


  • Regular/Temporary


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  • Organizational Group

Univ Library

  • Department

LibraryInfoTech - Dig. Content

  • Posting Begin/End Date

10/05/2020 - 10/12/2020

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Digital Collections Coordinator

University Of Michigan