Digital Project Librarian

Position number: 00106779

The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the three-year term-limited position (June1, 2018 – May 31, 2021) of Digital Project Librarian for the project “The Animal Turn”: Digitizing Animal Protection and Human-Animal Studies Collections, to be carried out in collaboration with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is building an innovative, multidimensional special collections program in support of research and teaching at the university. The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) recently awarded the Libraries a Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant to support a three-year effort to create an online resource documenting the diverse and multi-disciplinary components of animal advocacy discourse in the growing field of human-animal studies.


The Digital Project Librarian serves as coordinator for a grant-funded project to create digital surrogates of unique and rare primary source materials. Work will be performed at NC State University. The incumbent manages production workflow, trains and supervises student assistants, oversees digital image production and quality control, creates and reviews metadata, coordinates work between partners, and collaborates with technology partners in the Libraries to support application development. The Digital Project Librarian develops the project’s website, prepares promotional materials, and supports the project’s outreach efforts. The incumbent will work in a highly collaborative environment with colleagues in the SCRC, throughout the NCSU Libraries, and with project partners to create an innovative, sustainable, and accessible online resource. NCSU librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. The position reports to the Digital Program Librarian for Special Collections.

Required Qualifications

  • Relevant experience in digitizing and providing access to archival collections, with knowledge of format specifications and of standards-based metadata schemes, such as Dublin Core, MODS, or EAD
  • Successful project management experience
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative, team-oriented environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited MLS by position start date
  • Research library experience
  • Experience supervising staff and budgets
  • Knowledge of human-animal studies and the history of animal protection
  • The Libraries, the University, and the Area

    The Libraries, the University, and the Area

    Join the NCSU Libraries and help us create adventurous library spaces and innovative services that delight today’s students and researchers. The award-winning James B. Hunt Jr. Library, opened in 2013 on NC State’s Centennial Campus, offers faculty and students access to advanced technologies such as large-scale visualization, simulated environments, 3D imagery, and interactive computing that are enabling revolutionary ways to see and use information. An iconic building that captures NC State’s spirit of innovation in education and research, the Hunt Library is recognized as one of the world’s most creative learning and collaborative spaces and a model for “the library of the future”. The D. H. Hill Library, serving the main campus, combines the best of tradition and innovation, housing special collections and a beautiful gallery alongside vibrant, experiential spaces such as the Learning Commons, Visualization Studio, and Makerspace. For the NCSU Libraries, shaping the future of librarianship includes a sustained commitment to creating a welcoming atmosphere for diverse populations and increasing diversity in the profession. If you are a person who would like to provide a new generation of library users with everything they can imagine and more, consider applying for this position. 

    The NCSU Libraries has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including the first Association of College and Research Libraries Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, the ACRL Librarian of the Year Award; the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries and the American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Building Award for the Hunt Library; two John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards; and Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, Paraprofessional of the Year, and nine Movers and Shakers awards. The library system consists of the D. H. Hill Library, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and branch libraries for design, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. With a staff of almost 300 FTE, the Libraries has more than 4.6 million volumes in its collection and has a total annual budget of over $30 million. The Libraries is the host site for NC LIVE, a multi-type library initiative making digital resources accessible to North Carolina residents. The NCSU Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Council for Library and Information Resources, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Triangle Research Libraries Network.

    The NCSU Libraries has a longstanding commitment to diversity and to the creation of a welcoming and inclusive service ethic and environment. Recent efforts include securing grant funding for outreach to diverse populations through programming and workshops. The Libraries collections also reflect this commitment, from focused collection efforts to locating, capturing, and preserving voices of underrepresented communities through archival research and practice. The Libraries has taken affirmative steps aimed at increasing diversity in the profession through the NCSU Libraries Fellows program; participation in ARL’s diversity initiatives, including hosting five cohorts of Career Enhancement Fellows; and membership in the ACRL Diversity Alliance. The Libraries Diversity Committee is an active group that sponsors programs and fosters dialogue to promote understanding across racial and cultural lines in an atmosphere where all students, staff, and faculty are welcomed, valued, and respected.

    North Carolina State University was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal, and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. From its beginnings as a land-grant institution to its current position as a pre-eminent research enterprise that excels in science, technology, engineering, math, design, the humanities and social sciences, textiles, and veterinary medicine, NC State students, faculty, and staff take problems in hand and work with industry, government, and nonprofit partners to solve them. As the largest academic institution in the state, NC State enrolls more than 34,000 students, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 120 fields of study and doctoral degrees in 67 disciplines. The university is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures and has more than 660 active patents

    North Carolina's Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill lies between the mountains of the Blue Ridge and the shores of the Outer Banks. The Triangle consistently ranks high on lists of desirable American communities. Time rated Raleigh as “the best big city in the Southeast” in 2016, and recent rankings by Forbes name the Triangle as the number-two hot spot for tech jobs and as the number-three best city for young professionals. 

Salary and Benefits

The Libraries offers a highly competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience for this position. Librarians have non-tenure track faculty status (without levels of rank). Benefits include:  24 days vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC preferred provider medical insurance, and state, TIAA/CREF, or other retirement options. Additional and optional dental, life, disability, deferred compensation, and legal plans are offered. Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The University of North Carolina is available. See the Benefits and Leave Administration page for more information.   

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; applications will be accepted until finalist candidates are selected. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. The nomination committee may invite candidates for confidential, pre-interview screenings. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. This position is available immediately; start date is negotiable. Applicants must apply through the NC State University online employment website. For assistance with this process contact NCSU Libraries Personnel Services Office (919) 515-3522.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.

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Nomination Committee

  • Gwynn Thayer Nomination Committee Chair, Acting Department Head, Special Collections
  • Brian Dietz Digital Program Librarian for Special Collections
  • Trevor Thornton Business and Technology Applications Analyst
  • Lisa Ruth Associate Head for Recruiting and Visitor Relations

Position number: 00106779