[Web4lib] Digital Projects Lab Manager - Search Extended

Mark Phillips MPhillips at library.unt.edu
Tue Nov 7 19:18:20 EST 2006

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Digital Projects Laboratory Manager (Librarian I/II)
The University of North Texas Libraries Digital Projects Unit is part of the Information Technology Services (ITS) section of the Libraries.  The Digital Projects Unit (DPU) is responsible for the creation, organization, deployment, and support of local digital library collections.  The DPU develops and maintains the technical infrastructure for digital collections at UNT which include the Portal to Texas HistorySM http://texashistory.unt.edu/, the Congressional Research Services Archive http://digital.library.unt.edu/govdocs/crs/, and the Libraries’ general digital collections http://digital.library.unt.edu/.  In addition, the DPU provides outreach to other institutions through grant-funded activities, generates revenue through contract work, and is involved in state and national level collaboration in the field of digital preservation and access to born digital objects. The DPU employs over 5 FTE’s including librarians, programmers, and support staff.

Summary of Position
The Digital Projects Laboratory Manager works in a team environment for creating and deploying online collections and oversees the digitization activities of the Digital Projects Laboratory. The Lab Manager reports to the Digital Projects Unit Head and creates and implements workflow for every step of the digitization process: planning, organizing, digitizing, creating metadata, performing quality control, and finally completing ingest into the digital archive. The successful candidate will bring a desire to provide access to high quality, useful collections to the University’s patrons and the general public. 

Specific Position Responsibilities

-Supervises daily operations in the Digital Projects Lab.
-Works with the unit head to establish unit priorities.
-Schedules and coordinates grant, contract, and in-house work undertaken by the unit.
-Develops workflows and implements work processes.
-Supervises student assistants, graduate assistants, and practicum students.
-Provides training as needed for library staff and project collaborators.
-Plans and implements effective quality control methods for ensuring accurate and reliable digitization.
-Coordinates with the metadata librarian and metadata team to ensure that best practices are utilized in describing digitized objects.
-Assesses digitization equipment and prepares and submits to the Unit Head equipment requests for purchases and upgrades.
-Oversees the installation and maintenance of hardware and software in the Lab, including troubleshooting problems, ordering replacement parts, and installing parts when appropriate.
-Stays abreast of current best practices in digital imaging and digital preservation.
-Works with representatives from other departments to plan digital projects for collections they oversee.


-MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited program, or an equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.
-Knowledge of and experience with a wide range of digital formats, techniques, and equipment, as well as knowledge of standards for digital objects and metadata.
-2 or more years of pre- or post-professional supervisory experience.
-Ability to work effectively in a team environment with both technical and non-technical staff.
-Demonstrated project leadership skills.
-Flexibility in adapting to changing priorities.
-Familiarity with Dublin Core, METS, MODS, EAD, and other digital content and metadata standards.
-Excellent attention to detail and the ability to exercise good judgment in implementing standards and rules.
-Strong analytical skills.
-Excellent written and oral communication skills.


-Experience with Linux operating systems.
-Understanding of and experience with relational database management systems.
-Knowledge of XML and related technologies.
-Experience with programming languages used for data conversion.

Position Available:  Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
Salary commensurate with experience.
To apply, please submit a letter of application, vita, and names, addresses (e-mail address helpful) and phone numbers of at least three professional references to Cathy Hartman, Chair, Digital Projects Laboratory Manager  (Librarian I/II) Search Committee, c/o UNT Libraries Administrative Offices, P. O. Box 305190, Denton, TX  76203-5190.  Fax (940) 369-8760).
The University of North Texas is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution committed to diversity in its educational programs, thereby creating a welcoming environment for everyone. The University of North Texas encourages applications from underrepresented groups.

Mark Phillips
Digital Projects Unit Manager
Digital Projects Unit
University of North Texas Libraries
P.O. Box 305190
Denton, TX 76203-5190
        (940) 369-7809
Fax: (940) 565-2599

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