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Michigan State University
Digital Curation Librarian
Title: Digital Curation Librarian, Librarian I
Description: Reports to the Assistant Director for Digital Information. Working closely with staff
in Digital and Multimedia Center, Library IT, Preservation, and other library units, as well as with
partners at other institutions, the Digital Curation Librarian will:
Plan, develop and provide leadership for a digital curation program for Library
collections by reviewing existing library practices and analyzing needs and establishing
policies and best practices for the long-term protection and access to digital materials,
both created by or acquired for the library. Digital collections formats comprise text,
image, audio-visual resources, and research data sets.
Collaborate in planning, creating, and managing digital collections.
Implement quality control procedures.
Identify and collaborate with technical partners within the library, campus and
Participate approximately quarter-time in a secondary assignment based on
qualifications, interests and need; may include work in reference, instruction,
cataloging, or collection development.
Participate in professional development and research activities and serve on library and
university committees as elected or assigned. Other appropriate duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program; broad
understanding of emerging trends in digital technologies; knowledge of digital preservation
standards and best practices for a variety of formats; knowledge of standards-based metadata
schema, such as XML, MODS, METS and PREMIS; excellent interpersonal, oral and written
communication skills; ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment; ability to
work effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff; ability to work independently and
collaboratively; ability to prioritize and balance various unit needs; attention to detail. As
librarians are appointed as regular faculty in the continuous appointment system, also required
are preparation and commitment to conduct independent scholarship consistent with a librarian
appointment; and capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional
development. Preferred: experience with HTML, CSS, XSL; familiarity with programming
languages such as Java; experience with repository software technologies.
Campus and Libraries: Michigan State University Libraries serve more than 5,000 faculty and
academic staff, 36,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate and professional students on a
park-like campus of over 5,000 acres. The Main Library and 4 branch libraries have combined
holdings of over 5 million volumes. East Lansing is a community of approximately 50,000
located adjacent to Lansing, the state capital.
Compensation: $46,000 minimum. MSU provides generous fringe benefits.
Closing Date: Applications received prior to, will receive priority consideration.
Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.
Applications: Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, resume, and the
names, addresses and e-mail addresses of three references to:
Apply by U.S. mail: