*Head of Digital Library Initiatives*

*Temple University Libraries*

The Temple University Libraries seek a Head of Digital Library Initiatives,
an opportunity to lead a new service department in a library in the midst of
dynamic growth, located in Philadelphia on the main campus of a vibrant,
urban research university that is among the most diverse in the nation.  For
more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit


The Head of Digital Library Initiatives will aggressively expand the digital
library program at Temple, providing vision and leadership in the creation
and delivery of digital content. The incumbent will work closely and
collaboratively with senior administrators, special collections, technical
services, computing staff, and others to ensure fast-paced development of
digital library initiatives which respond to the needs of Templeís community
and align with collections and preservation priorities.  These include
digitization of special collections and other library materials in text,
image, and video formats, the development of digital repository systems to
preserve and make accessible the intellectual output of Temple University,
and the implementation of discovery tools related to these initiatives. In
particular, the individual will

∑         hire additional information technologist staff;

∑         supervise full-time staff, as well as student assistants;

∑         plan, prioritize, and coordinate or manage digitization

∑         investigate and establish appropriate standards (technical,
metadata, etc.) and quality control procedures;

∑         coordinate the libraryís web services;

∑         maintain awareness and develop in-depth knowledge of new
technology, relevant national standards and best practices, assessing and
integrating these into library practices for best results as appropriate.


Competitive salary and benefits package, including a relocation allowance.
Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Masterís degree in Library Science, Information Science, Computer
Science/Systems Management, Public History, or other allied discipline.   At
least four years progressively responsible experience with the concepts and
software/hardware applications used in organizing and presenting digital
information. Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and implement
effective programs, complex projects, and services. Excellent organizational
skills and demonstrated ability to handle complex analytical and detailed
work. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work
independently and collaboratively in a complex and rapidly changing


The ideal candidate will present a strong combination of demonstrated
experience and knowledge in the following areas: Metadata and associated
functional standards, including XML/XSLT. Experience with developing
interfaces for Web resources including knowledge of database management
principles and software. Familiarity with one or more major digital content
management systems appropriate for institutional repositories. Knowledge of
current digital library technologies, standards, and best practices.
with obtaining grant funding and managing grant-funded projects.


To apply for this position, please visit, click on
and reference TU-13131. For full consideration, please submit your completed
electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume, by *May 15,

Temple University is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer with
a strong commitment to cultural diversity.

Leslie Willis-Lowry
Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection
1st Floor, Sullivan Hall
1330 West Berks Mall (007-00)
Philadelphia, PA  19122
phone -- 215-204-5379
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