Project MUSE Job Announcement: Usability and Outreach Librarian -- Melanie Vandermark Stephen Clark 13 Sep 2002 20:14 UTC

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Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002 15:39:11 -0400
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Subject: Project MUSE Job Announcement: Usability and Outreach Librarian

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Project MUSE Position Announcement

TITLE: Usability and Outreach Librarian, Project Muse
LOCATION:  Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

The Usability and Outreach Librarian will be responsible for leading
efforts to increase usage of the Project Muse electronic journals
collection, including development of usability testing, outreach
services, and user education programs, assisting in efforts to
improve the interface and functionality of Project Muse, and
analyzing usage and user trends to support planning and development.

Duties include: develop and coordinate outreach services and user
education programs for librarians and end users; conduct surveys and
focus groups to determine user needs; field questions and correspond
with users; assist with related marketing activities, including
traveling to conferences and vendor fairs; monitor and analyze
Project Muse usage; develop goals and implement strategies to
increase usage; develop and coordinate testing program to support
Project Muse usability goals and quality standards; coordinate
testing and develop policies and procedures; design and conduct
usability tests, analyze and interpret results, and make
recommendations; serve as a resource for Project Muse Team;
participate in ongoing development of interfaces and functionality
for Project Muse; coordinate Project Muse's informational web pages;
develop and maintain accurate online and print informational
materials, including tools and resources for librarians and end
users, training materials to support outreach services, and help
modules. Will work under the general direction of supervisor (Muse
Metadata Librarian) and collaboratively with members of the Project
Muse Team, especially the Muse Marketing Manager on outreach

ALA-Accredited MLS degree and at least 2 years experience working
with users and electronic resources in library and information
service environment, including reference, instruction and user
outreach activities and preparing written and online guides and
training materials; advanced computer skills, with ability to work
with wide range of programs and platforms; knowledge of web page
design, information architecture, and HTML; strong service
orientation; excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal,
and presentation skills; excellent analytical, organizational and
problem-solving skills; comprehensive knowledge of information
literacy, general academic library and electronic publishing trends;
demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively
as part of a team.

Experience conducting usability testing; experience working in a UNIX

Approximate Starting Salary: low to mid forties

About Project Muse:
Project MUSE was launched in 1995 by the Johns Hopkins University
Press, in collaboration with the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at
Johns Hopkins University, to offer the full text of JHUP scholarly
journals via the world wide web.  In 1999, MUSE expanded to include
quality, peer-reviewed journals from other not-for-profit scholarly
publishers, with over 200 titles from some 30 publisher partners
participating as of summer 2002. Full-text online journals in many
subject areas in the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts
are available, both as part of journal collections and for individual
institutional subscriptions. Project MUSE has been hailed for its
library-friendly licensing and usage policies, easy online
navigation, reasonable pricing, and generous discount plans for
consortia and various categories of libraries.

To view the position announcement and apply online, go to, select "Search Jobs@JHU," and enter "8541" as
the Requisition Number.

Contact:  Johns Hopkins University/Homewood Human Resources (410) 516-8048
Questions about this position may also be directed to Muse Metadata
Librarian Elizabeth Brown at