Commons Digital Publishing Services Specialist, Providence College, Providence RI

Overview: Provide technical and logistical support for College faculty, students, and staff in all aspects of digital publishing services, including systems support, digitization, and development of digital information content and presentation tools and services. This position assists the Head of Digital Publishing Services and the Coordinator of Digital Publishing Services on all digital projects and oversees and coordinates the operational aspects of the daily work that takes place in the Digital Publishing Services Lab; including oversight of the work of the Digital Services Assistants and Student Commons Assistants. This position requires demonstrated progressive levels of responsibility in an office enviroment and the clear facility for regularly sharing knowledge and skills gained through direct day-to-day work experience and institution-supported training. Duties are broadly defined and are subject to functional policies and goals with general supervisory and managerial direction. Within parameters defined by supervisor, may exercise independent judgement. Additionally, makes recommendations to supervisor in determination of actions to be taken within and outside of established guidelines.

Essential Duties: 1. Provide daily digital publishing and media service technical support, and perform related functions. Collaborate with the Coordinator of Digital Publishing Services to effectively coordinate and oversee the work of the Digital Services Assistants and the Student Commons Assistants. Work with assigned team on planning and coordinating digital archiving of digitized and born-digital materials in the College repositories. Assist in the processing, organization, and storage of digitized materials and collections. Collaborate with library staff on multi-media production.
2. Collaborate with DPS staff in researching emerging national and international trends in an evolving digital environment and maintains awareness of developments affecting knowledge management, metadata, and information retrieval. Stay current with new DPS technologies and systems to support evolving user access to the library's resources and services. Assist as needed in planning and implementing future digital library development. Assist in developing new user communities and potential content for digital initiatives as required. Participate as appropriate in conferences and meetings and in local and regional professional development initiatives.
3. Assist in evaluating, implementing, and promoting DPS equipment, software, and services that meet publishing needs. Develop and deliver training opportunities that involve DPS hardware and software. Perform outreach to the community involving DPS projects. Collaborate with faculty and staff to integrate digital collections with other library resources.
4. Contribute to the maintenance of the department web site and participate in the development of web-based initiatives. Contribute to library-related server backup systems and comprehensive data recovery plans and procedures. Collaborate in the operation, support, upgrade, and mangement of online library systems, applications, and Web services. Assist with helping to integrate library digital collections into course management systems.
5. Provide general research, education, and related digital media service in the Library+Commons and on the web. Participate in cross functional Library+Commons initiatives, especially research and education projects and activities. Contribute to quantitative and qualitative assessment of services through data-gathering and analysis.

Marginal Duties: 1. Compose and produce correspondence and reports. Perform intermediate and advanced computer functions, design and produce reports and research data and information on the internet.
2. May identify and make recommendations for additional or modified department systems. With approval, may design and implement new or modified systems.
3. May serve as an internal resource on departmental administrative questions. May, with supervision, organize and coordinate special projects including presentations, education programs, and special events.
4. Perform all other duties as may be required.

Education and Experience Required: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience in a digital publishing services environment. Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective digital projects. Experience with the concepts and applications used in organizing and presenting digital information. Awareness of institutional repository issues and software requirements. Knowledge and understanding of best practices, standards, issues, and trends relating to digital initiatives in academic libraries and cultural heritage institutions. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Excellent organizational skills. Ability to effectively interact with audiences of diverse technological backgrounds. Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively. Demonstrated knowledge of MAC, Windows, and Linux/UNIX operating systems.

Desired: Demonstrated technical proficiency with XHTML, XML, XSLT, CSS, Oracle/SQL, PERL or PHP, and experience with digital repository platforms; Current knowledge of existing and emerging DPS, applications, and technologies; Facility with relevant digital publishing technology tools including but not limited to digital cameras/recorders, iMovie, Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, and Final Cut Pro; Knowledge of intellectual property compliance issues and applicable copyright law.

Hours:  Variable hours based on Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


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