Assistant Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 320100 - General Library
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
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Department Profile:

The University Libraries provide their communities of users an ongoing, creative and technologically advanced program.

Area of Specialization:

Digital Preservation and Access Unit

Anticipated Appointment Date:

February 1, 2018

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following examples are intended as illustrations only of the various types of duties assigned in positions allocated to this classification.

  1. Serve as the Coordinator of the Digital Preservation and Access Unit which includes but is not limited to overseeing all daily operations of the department, managing the student wages budget, hiring/training employees, developing/managing/administering digital library services and collections;
  2. Coordinate the planning, prioritization, implementation and evaluation of all Digital Library Projects and proposals including coordinating digitization projects throughout the University Libraries’ system as well as partnering with other university departments on campus to add their resources to the Digital Library;
  3. Research, design, document and carryout policies, procedures and standards associated with the digital library initiatives adhering to the latest Metadata, Scanning and Archival Standards as recommended by the Library of Congress, Digital Library Federation and NISO;
  4. Administer the implementation, maintenance, support, training and on-going development of the ContentDM Digital Media Archive server and the Institutional Repository as well as lead the exploration/implementation of new digital asset management systems;
  5. Responsible for the management and long-terms storage of the digital surrogates;
  6. Explore and initiate collaboration and outreach with other university departments to digitize and provide online access to collections and/or develop digital scholarship projects;
  7. Coordinate activities and projects with the Mississippi Digital Library, ASERL Deeply Rooted Project and other related digital preservation and access networks;
  8. Develop and conduct workshops for University faculty and students to introduce them to digital preservation and digital scholarship concepts and tools;
  9. Keeps abreast of developments impacting digital projects/services, digital scholarship including the digital humanities;
  10. Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. ALA-accredited MLS with two or more years work experience in the field of digital preservation, digital libraries, and digital repositories and hands-on experience in use of a digital preservation systems;
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of the life cycle management of digital assets; rights management, scanning and OCR technologies and techniques;
  3. Demonstrated experience with digital repository management systems such as DSpace, ContentDM, Omeka, Hydra, Fedora.
  4. Working knowledge of a variety of metadata standards used in digital collections (e.g., Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, METS, VRA Core,);
  5. Ability to collaborate with technical staff that are doing scripting, programming and systems administration;
  6. Project management and supervisory experience and
  7. Strong interpersonal communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills;

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supervisory and management experience;
  • Additional graduate degree;
  • Documented record of professional publication and presentation.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must possess a working knowledge and understanding of best practices for the management/development of digital libraries and handling/digitizing archival material as recommended by the Library of Congress, Digital Library Federation, and NISO
  • Must have an advanced working knowledge of digitization of archival materials including use of flat-bed and slide scanners
  • Must be a self-directed individual who can determine work assignments based on a set of established practices;
  • Must possess advanced knowledge of and experience with Metadata creation and Standards, scanning for online derivative creation and archival storage;
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, negotiation, and follow through skills;
  • Ability to analyze information and communicate that information effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work harmoniously with colleagues as well as with faculty, staff and students in a busy, changing environment.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter and curriculum vitae.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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