(20200128) Digital Scholarship Librarian - Washington State University Libraries

Digital Scholarship Librarian

Washington State University Libraries

Notice of Vacancy


As part of a larger functional team, comprised of personnel from the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, the Libraries Systems Office, and Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections at Washington State University, this position will provide leadership in the development, implementation, promotion, and assessment of digital scholarly initiatives.  The Digital Scholarship Librarian will support scholarship and teaching utilizing existing and emerging platforms including Scalar, Omeka, ArcGIS, StoryMaps and Mukurtu CMS. The position will be the main point of contact for the sustainability of the Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal and other joint library and CDSC projects. This full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position reports to the Associate Dean of Digital Initiatives and Special Collections at the Washington State University Libraries in Pullman, Washington.

The University

Washington State University, one of the two research universities in the state, was founded in 1890 as the state’s land-grant institution and is located in Pullman with campuses in Spokane, Vancouver, Everett and the Tri-Cities. Due to its strong emphasis on excellence in research and education, the Carnegie Classification™ has designated WSU as RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity). Current enrollment is over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The University offers more than 200 fields of study, with 90 majors for undergraduates, 76 master’s degree programs, 64 doctoral degree programs, and 3 professional degree programs. Academically, the University is organized into 11 colleges (Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business; Communication; Education; Engineering and Architecture; Honors; Medical Sciences, Nursing; Pharmacy; Veterinary Medicine) and a Graduate School. For more information, please visit www.wsu.edu. 


The Libraries

The WSU Libraries (http://libraries.wsu.edu), one of two Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in Washington State, houses over two million books and over 30,000 journal and magazine subscriptions.  The Libraries are a part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance and are deeply invested, along with our partner libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, in the activities of the shared Unified Resource Management and shared Discovery environment.  The Libraries also houses and co-directs the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (http://cdsc.libraries.wsu.edu/), a collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences that fosters digital projects across all disciplines and is home to national programs such as the Tribal Stewardship Cohort Program, The Sustainable Heritage Network (http://sustainablerheritagenetwork.org), the Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal (http://plateauportal.libraries.wsu.edu) and Mukurtu CMS (http://mukurtu.org).


Job Duties and Responsibilities


Digital scholarship support: 

  • Supports all operations, workflows, management and sustainability of the Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal including the platform. 
  • Designs and leads workshops on digital scholarship tools, resources, and best practices for diverse audiences.
  • Provides support and training to faculty, students and researchers using Omeka, Mukurtu CMS, and Scalar and other relevant digital tools and platforms. 
  • Utilizes digital scholarship tools and methods in support of research and instructional applications.
  • Collaborates with librarians, faculty, students, and academic partners to explore, define, develop, advocate, assess, and sustain innovative digital projects.
  • Serves as an advisor for digital scholarship projects across campus. 
  • Identifies and evaluates digital scholarship resources and technologies for supporting and introducing to the campus community.
  • Stays abreast of emerging, innovative trends and technologies, standards, publishing models, and digital scholarship developments.
  • Contributes to the sustainability of CDSC projects including Mukurtu Shared, and Sustainable Heritage Network.
  • Organizes special events, symposia, and summer programming for the CDSC and libraries.
  • Accessions and processes born digital collections.
  • As appropriate serve as official WSU Libraries’ representative to institutional, regional and national organizations at the request of the Associate Dean, or Dean.
  • Other duties – special projects, other duties assigned depending on skills and experience.


Scholarship, Service, & Professional Development: 

  • Participates in faculty governance and service as a library faculty member. 
  • Conducts research and publish in areas of library and information science and other scholarly subjects.
  • Engages in library-wide initiatives as appropriate. 
  • Maintains current awareness of digital library trends, content management technologies and curatorial models by reading professional literature, participating in professional organizations and committees, and attending workshops, institutes, seminars and conferences at local, state, regional, national and international levels.
  • Share relevant knowledge gained from professional activities and uses that knowledge to improve information systems operations and knowledge in the libraries.


Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Library and Information Studies program at date of hire; excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, organizational, problem-solving and planning skills; ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with faculty and students in support of digital scholarship.
  • Experience working with or supporting a Content Management System (CONTENTdm and Mukurtu CMS preferred).
  • Documented experience managing complex projects on timelines.
  • Experience in teaching or delivering training to a range of constituents.
  • Familiarity with current trends in digital library initiatives and digital curation and digital preservation.
  • Experience with grants. 
  • Strong attention to issues related to digital access and publishing within a university setting.
  • Commitment to working with diverse communities.



Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Washington State University has comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, in addition to excellent retirement programs and a generous leave program.  


Applications must be received by, February 24, 2020 

To apply: https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/50264.  Online applications are required and will include a cover letter addressing the qualifications, curriculum vitae, and complete contact information for three current professional references. Finalists will be subject to a background check as a condition of employment. Questions may be sent to the search committee via Bonny Boyan, boyan@wsu.edu, 509-335-1535.  

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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. 


WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).


WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.


Posted Date: 
01/28/2020 to 02/28/2020