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Institutional Repository Librarian

Arkansas State University
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Commensurate with Experience
Date posted
Nov 3, 2023

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Position Summary:

The Dean B. Ellis Library at Arkansas State University is seeking an outgoing, creative, and service-oriented individual to serve in the newly created position of Institutional Repository Librarian. Collaborating with a wide range of colleagues in the library and across a welcoming university campus representing more than 100 countries, the successful candidate will have primary responsibility for launching, maintaining, and enhancing Arkansas State University’s institutional repository using Digital Commons. The Institutional Repository Librarian will collect, organize, preserve, and provide access to the scholarly output of Arkansas State University faculty, staff, and students

The successful candidate will have the flexibility to help define this position as part of the Library's Research and Educational Support Department, and must possess a strong blend of public service and technical skills. They will serve as the primary spokesperson and champion of the Institutional Repository

Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Manages and develops workflows and best practices for collecting, ingesting, and preserving the research and creative works of students, faculty, and researchers Acts as a liaison for the repository to faculty, researchers, and students throughout Arkansas State University; advocates for the retention of author rights; and serves as a resource for copyright questions Promotes the institutional repository to the campus community and solicits content from university constituents and stakeholders Creates and updates institutional repository policies, procedures, and other necessary documentation in consultation with colleagues within Dean B. Ellis Library and Arkansas State University Ensures the institutional repository materials are discoverable via multiple online platforms Provides the library and university faculty, researchers, and students with information, training, and assistance in depositing materials into the institutional repository Works with the Metadata Librarian and head of Archives and Special Collections to develop appropriate workflows and schemas for ingesting and maintaining data and digital materials
  • Other duties as assigned



Knowledge of and experience with accessibility best practices for digital documents

Experience with mark-up languages including XHTML, XML

Current knowledge of background, trends, and best practices in institutional repositories with the ability to articulate a strategic vision for institutional repositories in a rapidly evolving library landscape

Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills

Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with department staff, librarians, and various university personnel

Project management skills including prioritizing workload, managing a variety of tasks, and completing projects in a timely manner

General Days/Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Additional hours as requested and/or needed
Regular and reliable attendance


Please note: all position postings close at 12:00 A.M. CST on the position closing date

Participation in state and national library networks is encouraged

Membership and participation in local, state and national professional organizations is expected

Preferred Qualifications:
Knowledge and experience with publishing platforms, open source

Knowledge of and experience with the full life cycle of publishing, including copyright, author agreements, and publisher self-archiving policies

Knowledge of relevant metadata schemas, i.e. Dublin Core, EAD

Minimum Qualifications:

ALA accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent advanced degree

Experience with library digital repositories


Arkansas State University


Focusing on its mission to educate leaders, enhance intellectual growth and enrich lives, Arkansas State University is the catalyst for progress in our state, the Delta and the Mid-South region. 

Founded in 1909, A-State meets the challenges of continuing as a destination university for more than 14,000 students through the combination of world-class research with a long tradition of student-friendly instruction.  The second largest university in Arkansas, Arkansas State is a doctoral-level national institution with more than 150 degrees areas of study, including a robust online program, and a diverse student body from across the nation and the world. 

The economic and cultural engine of Northeast Arkansas, A-State’s public-private partnerships include hosting the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine which is Arkansas’ first osteopathic medical school, the creation of Mexico’s first American-style university with ASUCQ in Queretaro, and working with O’Reilly Management for the Red Wolf Convention Center and Embassy Suites.

At Arkansas State, we recognize that employees are our most valuable asset. We take pride in the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students who hail from a variety of regions both within and outside the U.S.

One of the most attractive aspects of working at Arkansas State University is our comprehensive employee benefit program.

Benefits range from two retirement options, excellent health and life insurance packages, a wide range of supplemental benefits as well as perks such as tuition discounts, competitive vacation and sick balances, reduced prices for athletic events, the campus bookstore and much more.

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