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Libraries Job Description
Under the direction of the director of Discovery, Access &
Digital Engagement, provide digital stewardship for the libraries’
special and general collections including planning, implementation,
and assessment of current systems & information architecture,
and guidance on new technologies and processes. Develop strategies
for managing born digital resources, how to discover them, and make
them accessible to a wide audience. In alignment with the libraries
efforts, support the Smith Museum of Art and Botanic Garden in
creating and sustaining digital strategies for their collections.
Keep current on emerging technical and governance developments on
digital repositories, digital library technologies, and
accessibility practices. This leadership role will further develop
established working relationships with libraries’ partners
(Information Technology Services (ITS), Imaging Center, Smith
College Museum) and Five Colleges creating shared projects and
workflows, and communicating developments in the digital library
Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and
participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful,
inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Supervise 1-3 staff. Lead goal setting for digital strategies and
projects, responsible for budget planning and management.
Stewardship of digital collections:
Digital content management and access:
- Provide digital stewardship for the libraries, museum, and
botanic garden collections including planning, assessment of
current systems and information architecture and guidance on new
technologies and processes.
- Develop strategies for preserving and discovering digital
- Support and assess digital asset management.
Five College COMPASS:
- Develop infrastructure for institutional repositories,
including ScholarWorks, Open Educational Resources (OER) content
and other such repositories.
- Evaluate Institutional Repository software and workflows, guide
development and assessment, and responsible for support.
- Manage the software, storage, and technology of institutional
- Work with the Discovery, Access & Digital Engagement staff
to ensure that digital collections are cataloged and
- Strategize with the Learning, Research, and Technology
department on SCL’s OER programming.
- Develop, maintain and assess the necessary infrastructure to
maintain Open Educational Resources as well as making them
discoverable and accessible.
Born Digital Content:
- Digital Collections.
- Collaborate with Special Collections, ITS, Five College library
committees, and technical consultants/vendors on digital library
content access and delivery through the COMPASS portal.
- Develop strategies for managing born digital resources, how to
discover them and make them accessible to a wide audience.
All employees are expected to participate in the College's
efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work
Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education,
experience, certifications, licenses)
- Member of the Digital Scholarship Team bringing staff from
across libraries, museums and ITS together to address common
digital scholarship opportunities and issues.
- In collaboration with the team and the Learning, Research and
Technology staff, provide outreach and consultation to faculty and
staff around development of digital scholarship ideas and
MLS or MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited program; 5 years of
relevant professional library experience; or an equivalent
combination of education and experience.
Experience working with individuals from diverse
Excellent communication, problem solving and analytical skills;
accuracy and attention to detail; ability to organize and
prioritize work effectively; ability to work independently and as
part of a team; Knowledge of digital copyright and accessibility
issues. Experience working with institutional repositories, digital
asset management, and preservation software, technology. Knowledge
of current metadata and cataloging practices. Some supervisory
For the care and safety of our community, Smith College requires
that all employees be vaccinated as a condition of employment and
as such, the incumbent will be required to be immunized against
COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment. Proof of
vaccination status will be required. Individuals may seek medical
or religious exemption with HR, but must do so prior to their
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Review of applications will begin
June 6, 2022
About Smith College
Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest
women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in
teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of
outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as
advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The
College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst,
Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of
Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty
cross-teach across the Five Colleges.
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Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 151B, it is the policy of Smith
College to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a
qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such
accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding
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Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, staff,
faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values
of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age,
color, religions, national origin, disability, sexual orientation,
gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment
and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of
its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws
and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.