Project MUSE Job Announcement: Usability and Outreach Librarian -- Melanie Vandermark Stephen Clark 13 Sep 2002 20:14 UTC
-------- Original Message -------- Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002 15:39:11 -0400 From: Melanie Vandermark <email@example.com> Subject: Project MUSE Job Announcement: Usability and Outreach Librarian (Please excuse cross-posting.) Project MUSE Position Announcement TITLE: Usability and Outreach Librarian, Project Muse LOCATION: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD GENERAL DESCRIPTION: 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 activities. QUALIFICATIONS: 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. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience conducting usability testing; experience working in a UNIX environment. 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 http://jobs.jhu.edu/, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.