Digital Project Librarian, University of Notre Dame and Catholic Research Resources Alliance

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Digital Project Librarian

Date posted: Sept. 11, 2008

State: Indiana

Job description:

On behalf of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA), the Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame seeks applicants for the position of Digital Project Librarian. This position will support the creation, maintenance and implementation of a portal application providing access to rare, unique, and infrequently held materials in academic libraries, seminaries’ special collections, and archives. In electronically bringing together access to resources from many collections, the portal will create easy, effective, and global discovery of Catholic research resources. By exploiting any number of well-established metadata schemes, community-building processes, and database/indexing technologies, the portal will provide access to research resources in print, digital and other formats.


The primary job responsibilities include:

* Writing documentation for requirements, standards, portal protocols, portal architecture, instructions for participating libraries, and “about the portal.”
* Planning the implementation schedule for future development.
* Communicating project activities to participating libraries, CRRA committee members, and project sponsors.
* Training and instructing on the creation of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) files to participating libraries based on current best practices as well as CRRA metadata standards, requirements, and protocols.

* Serving as a member of Team Catholic Portal.

The successful candidate will initially be appointed for a two year term with every expectation that the position will become ongoing. The individual will be housed in the Digital Access and Information Architecture Department and administratively report to the Head of the Department. Team Catholic Portal is responsible for the overall management of the portal.


The CRRA is a collaborative effort initiated by eight Catholic colleges and universities to share their resources electronically with librarians, archivists, researchers, scholars interested in the Catholic experience, and the general public. The CRRA was founded by the libraries at Boston College, The Catholic University of America, Georgetown University, Marquette University, University of Notre Dame, Seton Hall University, University of San Diego and St. Edward’s University. More information as well as a demonstration portal is accessible at On behalf of the CRRA, the University of Notre Dame serves as the current secretariat where the project staff will be housed.

The University of Notre Dame is a highly selective national Catholic teaching and research university located in South Bend, Indiana. Approximately 8,200 undergraduates and 3,100 graduate students pursue a broad range of studies. The Hesburgh Libraries hold about 3 million volumes and provide access to the content of about 60,000 serials. The Libraries have approximately 140 staff and 55 librarians. The Libraries are a member of the Academic Libraries of Indiana, the Association of Research Libraries, INCOLSA, the Michiana Academic Library Consortium, the Center for Research Libraries, and the North East Research Libraries.

The University of Notre Dame is open to and enriched by the presence of diverse scholars. As such, we welcome and encourage applications and nominations from women and minorities.


ALA-accredited master’s degree in library, archival and/or information science, or appropriate equivalent. Knowledge of metadata and archival encoding standards, including but not limited to EAD, MARC, XML, and Dublin Core. Analytical and organizational skills such as meeting deadlines, setting priorities, etc. A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and train others is critical. An understanding of the importance of rare and archival special collections is desirable. Evidence of critical thinking and excellent oral and written communication skills are required.


The Digital Project Librarian will be appointed as visiting faculty. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications with a minimum salary of $40,000. A benefits package including paid holidays and 20 vacation days will be offered.

Application Procedures

Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, the names of three references, and a letter of application indicating interest in the position. Electronic submission of application documents is strongly encouraged. Please send application materials to Michelle Stenberg ( If electronic submission is not possible, then send an application to her at 221 Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, IN 46566. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Notre Dame is an AA/EOE.

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