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Digital Initiatives Librarian

  • Xavier University
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Mid-Level
  • Full-Time

About this Job

Xavier University is part of the 500-year-old Jesuit Catholic tradition of academic excellence in the liberal art and is strongly committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity. These values are central to our mission. We strive for a climate of respect and inclusiveness that welcomes and supports members from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, is committed unreservedly to open and free inquiry, and   deliberately seeks out multiple perspectives.

Xavier University seeks an energetic individual to fill the position of Digital Initiatives Librarian.  This opportunity blends traditional librarian skills, technology and innovation to strategically position the library to meet current and future needs.  The librarian in this key position has primary responsibility for management of the institutional repository and coordination of scholarly communication endeavors, digital humanities and digital conversion and preservation efforts, oversight of the makerspace, and emergent technologies and digital trends that can be leveraged to improve library services. This person also participates fully in public services activities including reference and library instruction, and serves as librarian liaison to multiple academic departments.

Essential responsibilities:

Institutional Repository
Manages and promotes content collection for the library’s Institutional Repository, Digital Commons, including leadership and training in curating digital assets.
Monitors policies and procedures and works with staff to resolve vendor-related concerns.
Facilitates digital scholarship and scholarly communication issues with stakeholders that include use of library liaison structure.
Serves as a resource for digital preservation, including born-digital scholarship, and is the library’s expert for open access issues.
Is part of the library’s copyright team and provides expertise on Creative Commons licensing options.

Digital Humanities
Develops strategies for library-based digital humanities initiatives with emphasis on designing and delivering digital projects for both internal and external audiences.
Identifies collections and items for digital conversion and manages creation of digital surrogates for preservation and/or curricular purposes.
Offers library assistance, resources, and perspective in collaboration with faculty to support faculty research and produce projects that explore digital ways of teaching and learning in the humanities.

Manages all aspects of the Makerspace, including the hiring, supervision, evaluation, and discipline of approximately ten student employees.
Provides instruction and support for use of Makerspace equipment including 3D printers, laser etcher, lathe, and virtual reality system, including troubleshooting equipment issues.
Promotes use of the Makerspace, collects and analyzes use data, and ensures best practices through policies, procedures, and communication with other area Makespaces.
Facilitates interdisciplinary projects that support the curriculum and integrate new technologies into University pedagogy.

Emergent Technologies
Monitors trends and leads the exploration, evaluation, and deployment of emergent technologies specific to library services and information access.
Collaborates with IT division staff and other library staff to pilot and beta test new digital-based endeavors to determine feasibility for full implementation.
Investigates innovation pertaining to the library’s web, mobile, and social platforms and works with staff on developing and delivering enhanced services, programs, and resources.

Public Services
Serves as a liaison to one or more academic departments
Provides library and information fluency instruction to classes and individuals in person and virtually
Creates materials, including LibGuides and videos, as part of library and information fluency instruction and in support of liaison departments
Provides research assistance in person and virtually
Participates in collection development
Participates in programming for library initiatives and/or liaison departments
Provides consistent communication and promotion of library resources and services
Serves on and supports internal and external committees and task forces



Required Qualifications

  • Required Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Libraries Association (ALA) accredited institution.
  • Knowledge of current library processes and technologies.
  • Knowledge of common library systems and experience with standard productivity, design, and social media software/platforms.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to manage and coordinate diverse activities and monitor project life cycles.
  • Strong organizational and analytical abilities.
  • Ability to consistently and productively work both independently and collaboratively in a service oriented department.
  • Previous experience working in an academic library desired.
  • Experience and comfort with multiple operating systems, devices, and device platforms preferred

Employer Statement

Xavier University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

How to Apply

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Additional Instructions:

To ensure consideration, qualified/interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three professional references on Xavier University's website by August 16, 2021. Candidates are asked to include their cover letter a brief statement on how they might support/contribute to Xavier’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Posted On: Aug 2, 2021 / This posting expires: Aug 16, 2021