Entry Level Digital Collections Librarian, Haverford, Pennsylvania

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Posted 2/26/2007: Digital Collections Librarian, Haverford College Special Collections, Haverford, Pennsylvania

Start Date: On or after July 1, 2007

The Digital Collections Librarian is responsible for building and maintaining the Library’s collection of Digital Special Collections materials, including both analog-to-digital and born-digital materials from Special Collections (includes the Quaker Collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, College Archives, and Fine Arts Collection). The librarian coordinates schedules with other Special Collections staff to provide reference and other services to faculty, staff, students, and off-campus researchers; participates in the Library’s instruction program; supervises student assistants; performs liaison functions with other Library staff and collections; and may have analog and digital collection development responsibilities in the general collections. As a member of the Special Collections staff of a small liberal arts college library, the Digital Collections Librarian develops and maintains ties with colleagues in College Information Resources (CIR) and at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges. This entry-level position reports to the Coordinator for Special & Digital Collections.


1. In consultation with other members of Special Collections, plans and implements digital library projects with special and general collections materials. Includes the cataloging, transcribing, scanning, and mounting of documents in Triptych (http://triptych.brynmawr.edu/), the Tri-College Libraries’ installation of CONTENTdm, and/or alternative digital asset management (DAM) systems.
2. In collaboration with the College Archivist and members of College Information Resources, plans, implements and maintains the systems and processes required for the preservation of born-digital objects which document the history and traditions of the College (including, for instance, the preservation of electronic presidential papers and the archiving of college websites).
3. Supports the efforts of other Special Collection staff in the making of online finding aids and other digital discovery tools. Creates online exhibitions of Special Collections materials in conjunction with the department’s material exhibitions.
4. Oversees the college’s ongoing Digital Oral History Project, including the recruitment and training of interviewers as well as the processing and distribution of the resulting audio and/or video files.
5. Assists researchers in person and online and shares responsibility with other Special Collections staff in the monitoring of the reading room.
6. Participates in the hiring, scheduling, training and supervising of student employees.
7. Builds and maintains working relationships with faculty, students, researchers, and colleagues across the campus and with our Tri-College consortial partners. Participates in the Library’s instruction program and promotes instructional technologies, especially those related to the Library’s digital collections.
8. May have collection development responsibilities in the Library’s general collections.
9. May staff the general reference desk.
10. Other duties as assigned.


American Library Association accredited masters degree, archival certification, or the equivalent in work experience, education, or cultivated interests required. Knowledge of and commitment to the values of liberal arts education required. Demonstrated user-oriented approach to service required. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work energetically and collegially with all constituencies of the academic community required. Experience with scanning hardware and software, imaging applications, and related formats and standards required. Superior English-language oral and written communication skills, organizational skills and attention to detail, enthusiasm for problem-solving, and the ability both to work as a member of a team and to work independently and take initiative required. Knowledge of HTML, XML, Dublin Core, OAI-PMH, and CONTENTdm or other DAM system required. Experience with archival organization and practice preferred. Understanding of historical research methods including transcription and documentary editing preferred. Knowledge of the history of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and academic background in US history preferred.


This entry-level position affords an excellent opportunity to pursue a career in an outstanding college and in a highly collaborative, consortially-oriented work environment. The College’s computing, networking, and library departments are combined in one administrative unit, College Information Resources; CIR leverages the knowledge bases and staff of each unit in support of the College’s academic mission. The College seeks candidates who take an expansive approach to the work of librarianship, to the possibilities afforded by instructional and information technologies for achieving the College’s goals for student and faculty work, and to the integration of their work with that of other curriculum support units.

Located on a wooded suburban campus less than ten miles from the center of Philadelphia, Haverford College is a highly selective liberal arts institution of approximately 1100 students and over 120 faculty. The Quaker foundation and traditions of the College encourage a respect for the individual and an openness of exchange that make it attractive to intellectually ambitious and socially conscious students. A CIR staff of almost 45 offers a supportive environment for independent, team-oriented, creative, committed librarians seeking intellectual and professional growth through involvement in the work of faculty and students. Local Haverford library and information technology resources are substantially augmented by consortial relations with Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges.
The salary is competitive and comes with generous benefits. Please tell us how you meet these qualifications in your letter of application, and send the letter, your resume, and the names of three references to John Anderies, Coordinator for Special & Digital Collections, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave. Haverford, PA 19041-1392. Application deadline April 1, 2007. Direct questions to John Anderies (610-896-2948). Please visit the Special Collections website at http://www.haverford.edu/library/special/.

Haverford College is an equal employment opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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