Job Posting: Library Technology & Digital Strategies Librarian, Art Institute of Chicago, IL

The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries of the Art Institute of Chicago seek a highly collaborative, forward-thinking, and service-oriented Library Technology and Digital Strategies Librarian to provide leadership and direction for innovative services and technologies. The Librarian will guide the Libraries’ digital future while maintaining its excellence in traditional media. The Libraries strive for a flexible and dynamic environment that encourages user-centered technology enhancements. The successful candidate will develop, manage, and assess library services designed to support the Art Institute of Chicago community of users. Candidates must understand the broad landscape of trends in information technology and libraries, and must have a demonstrated track record of successful project management and implementation of technologies and services.

Position Summary

The Library Technology and Digital Strategies Librarian is a key member of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries’ administration responsible for maintaining high-quality, robust systems that facilitate search, discovery, preservation, and the delivery of library services and resources to the entire Art Institute of Chicago campus. The Librarian provides leadership and vision for the enhancement, extension, and integration of the Libraries’ technology and tools in support of research, scholarship, teaching, and learning. The Librarian will lead in the creation and maintenance of web-deliverable information that supports existing public and digital services and develop service innovations utilizing technologies and customer service expertise. The Librarian provides technical expertise for evaluating external service providers, application development, project management, risk management, and strategic planning. The Librarian is the primary technology strategist for the Libraries and works collaboratively with all library department heads and other directors/managers in the Art Institute of Chicago organization.


MLS from ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree required, with 2-5 years professional experience.  Background in the visual arts and experience providing access to digital resources highly desirable.

Experience or knowledge

Familiarity with current and emerging trends in digital library technologies and infrastructure.

  • Knowledge and understanding of integrated library systems (Innovative preferred) and related search and discovery products and digital repositories.
  • Experience with planning and implementing ILS migrations preferred.
  • Familiarity with digital asset management systems, digital preservation systems, and the OAIS reference model.
  • Familiarity with best practices in digital asset management, discovery, and preservation.

Knowledge and understanding of library systems, workflows, and operations; experience with web-based programs and server management.

  • Experience with original cataloging and knowledge of metadata and bibliographic schema (e.g. EAD, MARC, Dublin Core).
  • Experience with ILLiad, Mac iOS, Adobe Suite, server management.
  • Working knowledge of Excel, XML, HTML, Drupal, PHP, JavaScript, CSS.
  • Familiarity with copyright and fair use or intellectual property rights.

Leadership, project management, communication, and organizational skills and competencies.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to facilitate collaboration.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse library users and staff.
  • Experience in/familiarity with preparing technology-related RFPs and grants.

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