Vanderbilt University Librarian for Digital Media and Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee

Librarian for Digital Media and Publishing (Job Number: 1801802)


Position Summary:

The Librarian for Digital Media and Publishing is part of the Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications Office and reports to its Director. The Librarian for Digital Media and Publishing collaborates with library staff, the digital imaging lab, and other campus publishing partners to maintain, promote, and expand the Libraries’ publishing services as related to digital editions, scholarly journals, digital exhibits, digital humanities projects, and electronic theses and dissertations. Moreover, the position envisions digital media and publishing as opportunities to enhance digital literacy on campus, in both teaching and research, through support for the adoption and creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) and the use of DOIs and ORCiDs. The Librarian strengthens relationships with campus centers at Vanderbilt, including the Center for Digital Humanities, Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning, and the Wond’ry, in addition to liaising with the Special Collections Library, Digital Imaging Lab, and other intra-library partners.

About the Work Unit:

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University is comprised of nine libraries, including Special Collections & University Archives. We seek to create a welcoming environment and provide services for research and scholarship, the libraries are dynamic places for faculty & staff, students and alumni to reflect and discover.

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries are fundamental to the university’s goal of advancing scholarship and learning. We collect, preserve and make accessible a wide variety of resources, we partner with faculty and students to shape research, and we encourage the development of informed scholars and engaged citizens.

Duties and responsibilities

Promote and support the creation of digital media

  • Promotes and supports theadoption of tools such as Omeka and Scalar, as well as the Adobe creativesuite of products.

  • Supports digital exhibits forSpecial Collections and University Archives, the Fine Arts Gallery,digital humanities projects, and other campus projects and partners.

  • Liaises with Digital ImagingLab to support the visualization of unique Vanderbilt collections.

Advances digital publishing programs on campus

  • Assists Director for DigitalScholarship and Scholarly Communications to develop awareness of thedigital publishing opportunities across campus;

  • Provides guidance aboutproducing and publishing digital editions in TEI and other textualformats;

  • Liaises with existingpublishing partners and supports their use of Open Journal Systems(OJS) while exploring new publishing tools and partners;

  • Supports the use of DOIs andORCID in collaboration with metadata services team Identifierson campus;

  • Represents Vanderbilt Librariesto the Library Publishing Coalition;

  • Refines and expands existingworkflows, policies, and practices surrounding the publicationof electronic theses and dissertations;

  • Works with Centers, Institutes,the Graduate School, and other campus partners to fosterthe creation, dissemination, and preservation of multimodal,digitally-born scholarly outputs.

Promotes the adoption and creation of Open Educational Resources

  • Partners with faculty,librarians, student organizations, and digital learning and teachingadministrators to promote open pedogeological practices and the resourcesthat underpin them;

  • Liaises with existing groups oncampus to locate and evaluate existing OER and explore the creation of newforms of OER;

  • Develops and leads trainingsfor librarians and the broader campus community on OER and associated openscholarship and publishing components.

Research and Development

  • Investigates new and emergingtechnologies in digital editions and publishing;

  • Presents and publishes ontopics related to library support for open access publishing, adoption andcreation of open educational resources, and/or developing digital exhibitsand digitally visualizing special collections.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • A Master’s degree in Libraryand Information Science, or an advanced degree in a related field from anaccredited institution of higher education is necessary.

  • Excellent communication skillsand ability to build meaningful partnerships across a broad cross sectionof campus is necessary.

  • Experience working with digitalexhibits, visualizing digital projects, or publishing open access journalsor open educational resources is necessary.

  • Strong user-focus and abilityto thrive in a team-based environment is necessary.

  • Functional knowledge of opensource content management platforms such as Omeka or publishing platformssuch as OJS or PubPub is preferred.

  • Practical experience with XMLand related technologies for publishing digital editions (BaseX,eXist,JATS, RelaxNG, Schematron, TEI, XPath, XQuery, and XSLT) is stronglypreferred.

  • Conversant with linked dataprinciples and platforms, including the IIIF standards, JSON-LD, Wikidata,and the W3C Hydra Core for Hypermedia-Driven Web APIs is preferred.

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at .

AboutVanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

VanderbiltUniversity is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women,minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouragedto apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 31130 - Special Collections

Job: Academic Affairs Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action