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Digital Collections Librarian

TITLE:  Digital Collections Librarian

SUPERVISOR:  Associate Chief Information Officer and Seymour Adelman Director of Special Collections



The Digital Collections Librarian leads Bryn Mawr’s growing digital collection program, while also working closely with colleagues at Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges to plan, build and maintain the Tri-College Library Consortium’s digital collection infrastructure.  The Digital Collections Librarian is responsible for coordinating the creation, presentation and preservation of the College’s digital collections; for evaluating and implementing new digital collections systems; and for playing a leading role in establishing standards and best practices for digitization and metadata.  S/he will be part of the Special Collections Department, and will report to the Associate Chief Information Officer/Director of Special Collections.  S/he will also work closely on digital collections with colleagues in the Special Collections Department; within Library and Information Technology Services (LITS), particularly colleagues working in digital scholarship and pedagogy; and with colleagues across the Tri-College Libraries.   S/he will be particularly engaged with developing programs for the preservation of born-digital records which document the history of the College, and with planning and implementing new digital collection systems, including testing and evaluating Hydra-in-a-Box.   The Digital Collections Librarian will also have opportunities to work on collaborative projects within the Philadelphia area and beyond, and to participate in a large and active digital scholarship community in the region.


  • In cooperation with other members of the Special Collections and LITS staff involved with digital scholarship and pedagogy, coordinate the development, implementation and maintenance of digital projects, with particular focus on projects drawing on the College’s Special Collections and library holdings, and projects supporting faculty, student and staff initiatives.
  • In cooperation with colleagues at Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore, plan, implement, and support shared digital asset management systems, including existing systems (EmbARK Collections Manager, CONTENTdm, ArchivesSpace, DSpace) and possible successor systems, including Hydra-in-a-Box.
  • In cooperation with the College Archivist and colleagues in LITS and the Tri-College Libraries, plan, implement and support systems for managing born-digital records that document the history of the College, including playing an active role in the Trico digital asset management and preservation planning groups.
  • Play active role in grant-funded collaborative digital collection projects, particularly the NEH-funded project, and the CLIR-funded Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis project.
  • Participate in educating faculty, staff and students in using digital collection technologies, processes and best practices, in developing programs for teaching about the preservation of both personal and institutional digital records, and in partnering with faculty in using digital resources in their research and teaching activities. 
  • In cooperation with other members of the Special Collections staff, develop policies, standards and procedures for integrating the processing and cataloging of both physical and digital collections with the College’s digital systems.  
  • Support and facilitate digital collections project management and daily workflows, including the supervision of student employees.
  • Participate in the development of online exhibitions, finding aids and other digital publications.
  • Share responsibility with other Special Collections staff for monitoring the public reading room, and assisting researchers using the collections.




  • Master’s degree from a Library/Information Science program or Museum Studies program, or Master’s degree in a relevant subject area with extensive experience working with cultural collections and experience working with collection management software, databases, and digital collections.
  • Two years’ experience working with digital collections.
  • Experience working with digital asset management, digital repository, and/or digital library systems, such as Fedora, Islandora, CONTENTdm, EmbARK or DSpace.
  • Knowledge of digital preservation systems, standards and best practices.
  • Knowledge of metadata and encoding standards
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of people are essential.    

Please do not apply via email.

Applications must be submitted electronically through Interfolio ByCommittee.  Please submit as pdf documents a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references.

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Review of applications will begin January 3, 2017; the position will remain open until filled.