Job is Expired Head of Special Collections and Digital Initiatives

Auraria Library / University of Colorado Downtown Denver Campus

Job deadline Open Until Filled   Job salary $55,000.00 per year   Job type of library Academic   This job is located in Colorado Colorado

Job Description

The Auraria Library, serving the University of Colorado Denver, Downtown Denver Campus; Metropolitan State College of Denver; and the Community College of Denver seeks a dynamic, energetic and innovative individual to serve as the Head of Special Collections and Digital Initiatives. This tenure-track position supports special and digital collections by collaborating with internal and external stakeholders of the Library to create, promote, plan, implement, and evaluate these resources. Reporting to the Associate Director of Technology and Digital Initiatives, this position is primarily responsible for:

•Providing leadership and a knowledge base for the development of special collections (in all formats) and the digital library at the Auraria Library including identifying collections, developing work flows, and working on technical issues involved in digitization and digital asset management.
•Ingesting new digital content into the Library’s digital repository.
•Creating the discovery mechanisms for special and digital collections including helping to expand online presence.
•Collaborating with other institutions involved in our digital repository partnership.
•Providing knowledge of current and emerging best practices, tools, principles and standards for digital preservation and collection management.
•Operating as project manager for digital initiatives and as such communicate effectively in person and in writing.
•Working closely with digital content stakeholders in the library and with staff and faculty across the campus
•Developing policies and procedures for acquisition, access, discovery, marketing, security and organization of digital, special, and archival collections.
•Planning, coordinating and directing activities, projects and work flows in the department.
•Collaborating with others to further Scholarly Communications on campus.
•Providing consultation services to constituents about their information and research needs in special and digital collections.
•Supervising the Special Collections Librarian and potentially students. This position works with supervisee to develop a professional plan and monitors and evaluates work accomplished.

Examples of Work Performed
•Perform analysis of special collections and make recommendations in regards to staffing, workflows, mission and goals
•Serve on internal and external committees related to special and digital collections.
•Act as functional expert for DigiTool and Archivist Toolkit
•Catalog, ingest and organize digital collections
•Help develop an online presence for Special Collections currently leveraging a Drupal content management system
•Function as an expert in library intellectual property issues
•Assist users with research involving Special Collections
•Manage policies, best practices and workflow in regards to digital and print collections
•Function as an expert in digital materials evaluation in terms of quality, format, best options for preservation, etc.
•Perform digitization of selected materials, sometimes in very fragile condition
•Train and supervise others in digitization.

Position Classification and Salary

This is a tenured/tenure-track faculty position with a minimum salary of $55,000 commensurate with skills, experience, and rank. To be appointed with tenure, one must be tenured at a comparable academic institution and meet the Auraria Library's criteria for tenure and promotion. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility is located at

Description of Community

The downtown campus is located in the heart of the city's commercial, cultural and recreational district. Its location in downtown Denver attracts a diverse population, comprising primarily commuters, and a growing residential student housing population that has evolved to provide students with a dynamic undergraduate experience. This diversity is enriched by our commitment to a philosophy of inclusion, embedded in all aspects of campus life from its community members, curriculum, research and community service, allowing for the creation of a learning environment that welcomes, embraces, sustains and celebrates the unique and shared experiences of faculty, staff and students.

The Library is dedicated to providing an environment which stimulates and nourishes the growth of ideas. This is accomplished through collections and services that support the curriculum, ranging from vocational training to doctoral programs. For more information about the Library and the campus, visit:

Required Education

  • Master's Degree

Experience (years)

Required Preferred
Supervisor 1 -
Professional 2 -
Library 2 -

Other Required/Preferred Skills & Experience

Minimum Requirements
•Master’s degree in library or information studies, or equivalent advanced degree and experience
•Minimum of 2 years of experience with digital resources and special collections.
•One year of management experience

Application Requirements

Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants are only accepted online at
Applicants should provide the following:
•A letter of application detailing how your education, background and experience relate to the required and preferred qualifications
•A current vita
•Three professional references and their contact information

Although this position is open until filled, full consideration will be given to applications received by May 30, 2012.

UCD is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

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Masters Degree in a Program of Library and Information Science


Salary Wage Calculator $55,000.00 per year

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Date Posted

May 5th, 2012

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