Librarian for Digital Publishing, Curation, & Conversion, Pepperdine

By September 25, 2020

Website Pepperdine University

The Pepperdine Libraries seeks an energetic, skilled individual to fill the important position of Librarian for Digital Publishing, Curation and Conversion. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Librarian plays a leading role in the presentation of Pepperdine’s unique collections and scholarly output to the world and works closely with special collections and university archives personnel to identify, research, and prioritize materials for ingest into digital collections. Following best practices, the Librarian devises digitization workflows and metadata schema appropriate to the diverse content in our collections, collaborates with library staff, and supervises interns and student workers. The Librarian maintains and expands Pepperdine’s digital collections and actively seeks out and defines new collections based on both digitized and born-digital content, building community partnerships and pursuing external funding in order to further diversify the collections.

The Librarian also manages Pepperdine’s institutional repository and digital publications platform, both of which are powered by Digital Commons (bepress). These initiatives are designed to promote Pepperdine scholarly communications, and involve a significant effort in outreach and coordination with Pepperdine administrators, faculty, and students. Additional responsibilities include supervising the Librarian for Emerging Technology and Digital Projects, managing relationships and contracts with vendors, and developing and implementing digital preservation strategies.


  • Digital Curation: Assists in the selection of collections for digitization working closely with library and academic personnel; provides narrative descriptions for collections added to the digital repository; writes high-quality descriptive and technical metadata for digital objects; creates blog postings regarding newly added collections; coordinates in collaboration with the Library’s preservation committee the preservation of digital content, and develops ways to strategically disseminate content to a diverse array of users.
  • Digital Conversion: Manages, oversees, and coordinates the in-house digitization of archival materials and collections, including image capture, scanning, and digital conversion of audiovisual media, following accepted preservation and access guidelines, standards, policies and procedures; manages vendor digitization of archival materials and collections; selects, maintains, and instructs in the use of digitization equipment including Phase One camera systems.
  • Digital Publishing: Works closely with content creators, editors, publishers to solicit, organize, upload, and maintain scholarly content within the library’s digital publishing platform.
  • Other Administrative and Instructional responsibilities: Supervises the Librarian for Emerging Technology and Digital Projects and the Genesis Lab makerspace; contributes to the Library’s user services program by serving as an instructor in the Digital Humanities program; contributes to other digital and community archiving initiatives as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Upholds University mission through work performed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited library school. Ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic environment; excellent organizational, oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated interest in archival research, primary sources, and community and institutional histories. Metadata including LCSH, MARC, Dublin Core, and XML. Cloud-based computing. Digitization processes and standards.

Preferred: 3-5 years’ experience curating digital collections in an academic library. Experience with a digital repository. Knowledge of archival description and arrangement. Supervisory experience. Cultural heritage photography. Community outreach and grant writing experience. Digital preservation software and networks. Ability to learn basic coding and/or code literacy.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

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