Digital Collections Coordinator - Job 001044

ECU Libraries, East Carolina University, seeks an experienced and innovative individual with excellent organizational skills for the position of Digital Collections Coordinator.  Reporting to Academic Library Services’ Assistant Director for Special Collections, the Digital Collections Coordinator will provide innovative and sustainable solutions for the presentation, maintenance, and promotion of ECU Libraries’ digital collections. ECU Libraries consists of Academic Library Services (Joyner and Music Libraries), as well as the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Manage the Digital Collections Department which consists of two full-time staff members and their graduate and undergraduate student assistants.
  • In collaboration with librarians, faculty, administration, and other stakeholders, lead, manage, and participate in projects related to ECU Libraries’ digital collections and  digital preservation program.
  • Establish policies and best practices for the long-term protection of and access to digital objects.
  • Lead, manage, and participate in the planning and implementation of projects in a variety of formats, monitor the timely progress of ongoing projects, and create documentation for project-related activities.
  • Improve access to digital collections through ongoing assessment and usability testing of the department’s services.
  • Develop goals and objectives for ECU Libraries’ digitization efforts that align with the Libraries’ and university’s mission.
  • Identify, apply for, and manage grant projects.
  • Manage external contracts providing digitization and other related services.
  • Participate in marketing and outreach efforts by contributing content to ECU Libraries’ web sites, social media efforts, and electronic publications and by working with faculty, students and staff.
  • Maintain current expertise through participation in workshops, classes, professional associations and networks, and through continued awareness of the scholarly literature.
  • Serve limited hours at the Joyner Library Special Collections public service desk, including occasional night and/or weekend shifts.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited graduate degree in library science or international equivalent, or master’s degree in information science, computer science, or related discipline.
  • At least 2 years of full-time project management experience with library digital collections in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated technical experience with current digital collection technologies, standards, platforms and products.
  • Working knowledge of digital preservation standards and best practices, and metadata standards including Dublin Core, MODS, and TEI.
  • Experience with digital repository systems.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills in an environment requiring attention to detail and a high level of accuracy.
  • Strong commitment to public service.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, especially for the purpose of describing and communicating technical issues to a variety of audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Substantial experience in collaboratively managing multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Experience providing grant support and/or grant writing.
  • Additional graduate degree in a related field.
  • Knowledge of copyright issues pertaining to digital collections.
  • Knowledge of trends relating to digital humanities.

East Carolina University:  Located in Greenville, North Carolina, ECU enrolls over 26,000 students.  It is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina and offers 102 bachelor’s degree programs, 77 master’s degree programs and 75 undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. In addition, it offers 16 doctoral programs (Ph.D., Ed.D.) and 4 first professional degree programs.

ECU is a leader in the state in distance learning initiatives and holds Doctoral/Research Universities status as defined by The Carnegie Foundation. The campus is located approximately 80 miles east of Raleigh, and 80 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean. Additional information about ECU is available at

Academic Library Services (ALS) supports the campus community’s mission of teaching, research, and service. ALS is a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), has an operating budget of $7.6 million and a materials budget of $5 million, and employs a staff of 104, including 36 faculty members. It is a selective federal depository library. Visit the Library’s web site at for additional information.

ECU recognizes that diversity and respect for human differences within the academy is a key source of intellectual vitality and innovative spirit, and encourages genuine respect for individual backgrounds, lifestyles, experiences, perspectives and opinions.  ECU invites candidates from diverse backgrounds who will contribute affirmatively and creatively to the university's multicultural environment.  We seek candidates who reflect the rich mix of backgrounds, life experiences, cultures, perspectives and world views found within our university and community.

Rank, Salary and Benefits: This is a fixed term appointment, which may subsequently be renewed for a multi-year appointment period following the initial year of employment.  Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications.  Minimum salary of $46,000, with a comprehensive fringe benefits package. 

Application Process: Screening of applications will begin 6/23/14 and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be asked to make a brief presentation during the on-campus interview.  Start date is negotiable. All applicants must apply online through ECU’s employment website at Additional materials (letter of application; resume; copies of transcripts; and names and addresses, postal and email, of three current references) can be attached to the application electronically or the materials may be sent by mail to:

Search Committee
Digital Collections Coordinator
Ms. Mary Sweatte, Library Personnel Administrator
2400 Joyner Library, Mail Stop 516
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Official transcripts for required degrees must be received prior to any offer of employment. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment. A criminal background report will be completed on the chosen candidate. East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University that accommodates individuals with disabilities. Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY).

Academic Library Services is dedicated to sustaining a diverse workforce and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Digital Collections Coordinator

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