Job Position: Digital Access Librarian

Mark Dehmlow mdehmlow at ND.EDU
Tue Feb 28 14:07:34 EST 2012

The University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Libraries seeks an innovative
and collegial individual to bring energy, creativity, expertise, and
leadership to the position of Digital Access Librarian. The Digital
Access Librarian is responsible for envisioning the information
architecture (navigation, content, and context), coordinating user
experience activities (usability, user engagement, feedback), and
collaborating on the implementation of the web technology (XHTML, CSS,
Javascript, Web Scripting Languages) for the Hesburgh Libraries' web

The Digital Access Librarian enhances the functionality and
effectiveness of the Libraries websites, as well as key University-wide
services in support of teaching, learning, research, and scholarship.
The position represents the intersection of information planning and
policy and technology implementation with an equal emphasis on:

1) coordinating user experience by engaging internal and external
stakeholders through interviews, committees, usability activities, and
other feedback mechanisms to ensure that user perspectives are directly
embedded in the planning and execution of the websites and web tool design,
2) collaborating on the design, implementation, and management of the
website, discovery tools, and web based services using languages such as
PERL, PHP, Ruby, CSS, XHTML, Javascript, and other web based programming
and markup languages.

The Digital Access Librarian:

• Collaborates in the design, implementation, and management of the
Libraries website, discovery tools, and web based services, including
responsibility for programming using the web standards and tools
currently employed by the Libraries
• Collaborates in the design, implementation, and management of a
content management system for the Libraries, including responsibility
for configuration, customization, and user support
• Leads the design, implementation, and management of the Libraries'
• Leads the internal education on deploying web technologies for web
content creation, including training internal stakeholders how to write
for the web
• Regularly examines the usability of the Libraries' website and
conducts usability tests, surveys, focus group interviews, and
interprets usage metrics, then collaborates on the design, modification,
and implementation of integrating user feedback and website usage into
the website, discovery tools, and web based services
• Leads feedback committee(s):
- one comprised of library stakeholders
- others involving faculty and students
• Explores the innovative use of new technologies and evaluates their
applicability to the Libraries
• Manages the University's search engine, currently a Google Search
• Manages the campus wiki application
• Monitors trends and best practices in web technology, content
management, usability, user engagement, and web based discovery.

The Digital Access Librarian reports to the Head of the Web and
Information Technology Systems Department. As a member of the University
faculty, the Digital Access Librarian is expected to contribute to the
profession and stay current with emerging trends in web technology and
the library profession.

Required qualifications:
• A strong knowledge and demonstrated application of usability,
usability testing, and information architecture concepts
• Demonstrated experience in the deployment of information technologies
relevant to Web site design and maintenance such as XHTML, CSS,
Javascript, and XML
• A demonstrated understanding of computer programming and the ability
to use programming languages such as Perl, PHP, and/or Ruby
• Experience and knowledge of metadata schemas and their application,
including the ability to effectively apply metadata in traditional and
digital library environments
• An ALA-accredited MLS degree or equivalent combination of education
and experience
• Demonstrated excellent written and oral communications skills
• Experience with indexing tools and their application to discovery,
relational database applications and the design of relational databases
for storing, organizing, and disseminating data and information
• Strong service orientation
• The ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative and
team-oriented environment as well as the ability to take a leadership
role in group activities

The University of Notre Dame is a highly selective national Catholic
teaching and research university in northern Indiana about ninety miles
from Chicago. Approximately 8,200 undergraduates and 3,100 graduate
students pursue a broad range of studies. The University Libraries
<>  hold about 3 million volumes and provide
access to more than 23,000 serials. The Libraries have 140 staff and 55
librarians. The Libraries is a member of the Academic Libraries of
Indiana (ALI), ARL, NERL and other consortia. The University of Notre
Dame is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer strongly
committed to diversity. We value qualified candidates who can bring a
variety of backgrounds to our community.

Salary and Benefits:
Minimum beginning salary $44,000. Appointment salary and rank are
competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Librarians
are non-tenured track members of the Library Faculty. The University
offers an excellent benefits and annual vacation package.
Further details&  applications: More information can be found about this
position at the Libraries’ website:

To apply, please include a letter, curriculum vitae and the names,
addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references.
Electronic submission of applications is required. Send all application
documents to:mstenber at
The review of applications will begin on March 25, 2012 and will
continue until the candidates are chosen.

The University of Notre Dame is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action
Employer strongly committed to diversity. We value qualified candidates
who can bring to our community a variety of backgrounds.

Mark Dehmlow
Head, Web and Information Technology Systems Dept.
Hesburgh Libraries
University of Notre Dame


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