Posting for Digital Collection Development Librarian (University of Calgary)] Andrew Waller 05 Mar 2008 19:01 UTC

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Libraries and Cultural Resources, at the University of Calgary, invites
applications for the position of Digital Collection Development
Librarian.  This is a full-time tenure track academic position, with an
anticipated start date of May 2008.

This newly-created position includes a novel combination of
responsibilities aimed at ensuring the development of a digital
collection that delivers content and functionality and plays a critical
role in supporting the implementation of the Taylor Family Digital Library.


Reporting to the Head of Collections Services, and working within a
collaborative environment, the Digital Collection Development Librarian
will assist in researching, recommending, planning, and implementing new
procedures and policies to support the development of an integrated
digital collection.  The incumbent will work closely with the Head of
Technical Services and Digital Access in the development of evaluation
strategies and plans for improving access to digital collections, as
well as provide expertise to other areas across Libraries and Cultural
Resources who are carrying out evaluation work.

Responsibilities include:

·         Establishing a strategy for the transition from a
predominantly print book acquisition practice to a digital-preferred model

·         Investigating and assessing elements of the digital library,
including content, functionality, technological support, and long-term
preservation and stability, in order to create an approach that focuses
upon the curatorial aspects of collections in addition to content

·         Developing ongoing evaluation practices which, in addition to
traditional collection assessment techniques, will focus on user
analysis and the development of functional criteria for digital collections

·         Building the e-book collection through active investigation of
new book technology, such as print on demand, mass digitization, etc.

·         Planning a sustainable print/electronic strategy that meets
user needs

·         Collaborating with Technical Services in workflow changes in
order to increase efficiencies and improve access to the collections

·         Anticipating future trends in an evolving digital environment,
while maintaining current awareness of national and international
developments that affect collection development, license negotiation,
rights management and preservation standards.

As this is an academic staff position, participation in scholarship,
teaching, and service is expected.

Required Qualifications*

·         Master's degree from an American Library Association
accredited program in librarianship or recognized equivalent

·         Minimum of three years of professional experience in an
academic research library

·         Demonstrated experience with the development of electronic
collections in support of scholarly pursuits

·         Strong communication and interpersonal skills

·         Proven success in project management

·         Demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a
variety of groups in collaborative and cooperative situations

·         Expertise in using Excel and other assessment software

·         Commitment to professional development and service.

*Desired Qualifications*

·         Knowledge of collection analysis principles and tools

·         Knowledge of collection development and management strategies,
as well as familiarity with emerging trends with collection selection
tools and processes

·         Knowledge of the principles, standards, and technological
framework for digital preservation, as well as basic preservation of
legacy collections

·         Knowledge of, and facility with, emerging technologies as
applied to collection development, evaluation, and presentation.

*Salary and Benefits*

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, at the Assistant or
Associate Librarian level.
For salary and benefits information refer to the website:

*Application Procedure*

Please submit a letter of application addressing background and
experience relevant to the position, a current curriculum vitae, and the
names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current
professional references to:

Mary McConnell
Associate University Librarian for Planning and Administration
Libraries and Cultural Resources
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4
Phone: 403-220-3725
Fax: 403-282-1218
email: <>

Consideration of applications will begin after *March 31, 2008* and will
continue until the position is filled.

/All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians
and permanent residents will be given priority. The //University// of
//Calgary// respects, appreciates and encourages diversity./