Head of Digital Programs, Amherst Frost Library

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Amherst College , Amherst , MA


Leads the library’s efforts to produce, gather, organize, and disseminate digital content (a) useful to the curriculum, (b) in need of preservation, or (c) unique to the College and of use to the larger scholarly community.

Principal duties and responsibilities

● Provides vision and leadership for the creation and delivery of the Library’s digital content.
● Plans for the design, integration, and maintenance of the Library’s digital asset management and preservation program and systems.
● Provides overall administration of the Library’s digital collections—including but not limited to locally-produced and managed online manifestations of College-owned/copyrighted records, documents, publications, and artifacts—and its Digitization Center, including budget development and staff hiring, training, and management.
● Works collaboratively with colleagues in the Library—especially the Head of Library Information Technology, staff in Archives and Special Collections, Technical Services, and the Collection Development Group—to collect, catalog and promote digital resources. (“Collect” here refers both to purchases from sources outside the College and to the digitization of materials already held by the Library.)
● Collaborates with IT personnel across campus and relevant subject specialists to select and/or develop back-end systems and user-interfaces that present collections to audiences on campus and around the world.
● Coordinates the digitization of materials for e-reserves and for use by students with special needs, in collaboration with the Head of Access Services.
● Formulates, documents, explains, and interprets policies, procedures, and work-flows for the Digitization Center.
● Encourages development of technology initiatives that respond to or anticipate user needs.
● Participates in and encourages collaboration within Amherst College, among the Five Colleges, and with other institutions to build partnerships and facilitate cooperative projects. Works especially closely with Archives & Special Collections and Technical Services to identify collections that merit attention, to design projects, and to monitor and evaluate work-flows.
● Keeps abreast of new trends, tools, opportunities, and campus needs in digital libraries and repositories and their impact on metadata standards. Contributes to a continuous process of assessment to ensure enrichment of the Library’s digital collections.
● Promotes use of the Library’s digital collections. Participates in user education to integrate digital resources into teaching, learning, and research across the curriculum and beyond the College.
● Participates in regional, national and international organizations dedicated to the development of standards and best practices for the creation, dissemination, and interoperability of digital resources.
● Actively practices and advocates effective communication throughout the Library and across the College.


● Master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or foreign equivalent.
● Minimum of three to five years’ academic library experience in digitization and digital assets management, including experience with systems such as DigiTool, CONTENTdm, Fedora, DSpace, or others.
● Experience supervising staff, including hiring, training, and conducting performance evaluations.
● Experience providing customer service and technical support for DAMS and other digital resources.
● Knowledge of art-history pedagogy, and the ways in which digital images can be marshaled to support the art-history and other curricula.
● Strong working knowledge of library systems and procedures, particularly metadata and cataloging standards and practices.
● Ability to work closely with colleagues from all Library departments and with students, faculty, staff and College administrators.
● Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
● Demonstrated analytical, organizational, planning, and project management skills. Experience managing personnel and equipment budgets.
● Demonstrable understanding of database systems and/or UNIX/Linux file structures and system management preferred.
● Experience collaborating with archives/special collections/institutional records preferred.
● Experience with repositories of scholarly digital materials a plus.

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