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Job Ad: Special Collections and Digitization Librarian, Philadelphia, PA

Special Collections and Digitization Librarian (Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital, Pennsylvania)

The Scott Memorial Library of Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital seeks a service-oriented and energetic individual to support the Archives and Special Collections and the digital repository, the Jefferson Digital Commons.

Duties and Responsibilities University Archives: Our desired candidate should be flexible, innovative and be ably work with minimal direction.  An ability to learn and apply new technologies for archives management, preservation and collection access is necessary. In the Archives this position offers an excellent opportunity for an engaged and inquisitive individual to provide reference assistance and access to students, faculty and researchers to Jefferson’s rich special collections and archives.  The individual will support collection organization by arranging a wide variety of resources for ease of use and by describing holdings through guides, inventories and other finding aids.  Organizing and mounting exhibits at various campus locations will also be the responsibility of this position. Jefferson Digital Commons: Under the direction of the Jefferson Digital Commons Editor, this individual will assume editorial support responsibilities for the Jefferson Digital Commons.  They will work with faculty to identify, prepare and deposit materials into the Commons.   Coordination of scanning materials for the repository with the Library’s paraprofessional staff will be another position responsibility. This position will report to the University Archivist.

Qualifications: ALA-accredited MLS or MIS degree or an advanced degree in History strongly preferred and demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development. Knowledge of emerging technology trends related to digital collections.  Familiarity with digital preservation practices.  Able to be flexible in an environment of rapid change.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively, cooperatively and collaboratively with a variety of individuals and groups across an organization to accomplish initiatives; demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and implement projects.   Experience with exhibition design and installation a plus.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills essential. Thomas Jefferson University invited candidates from diverse backgrounds who will contribute affirmatively and creatively to the university’s multicultural environment.  Our goal is for our employees to reflect the rich mix of backgrounds, life experiences, cultures, perspectives and world views that is found within our university community.

General Information The mission of the University Archives & Special Collections is to collect, conserve and make available to researchers the enduring, historic materials that inform the story of the institution, dating from its founding in 1824 to the present.  The Archives collects and holds the official records of the University, while the varied Special Collections range from 10,000 rare books dating from 15th to 19th centuries, numerous manuscripts, large photograph collections, publications and medical artifacts. The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) is the free digital archive for articles published by Jefferson authors, Jefferson-sponsored journals, and historical materials from the University Archives and Special Collections. Since 2006, the JDC has had over 1.5 million full-text downloads. The goal of the Commons is to enhance the visibility of Jefferson scholarship and to promote Jefferson authors. The Scott Memorial Library serves the students, faculty, clinicians and staff of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson University Physicians and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  The Library collections include more than 3000 electronic journals. 90,000 bound journal volumes,  and more than 85,000 monographs and electronic books.  In addition, a variety of popular books and magazines, medical education software packages and 3D models complement the Library’s core journal and book collection.  The library occupies four of the six floors of the centrally located Scott Building. Salary and Benefits Salary is commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits including 20 days of vacation and a matching retirement plan. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.  Candidates must apply online using Thomas Jefferson University job system.

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