Data Repository Architect

Posted to IASSIST on: 2006-11-17

Employer: North Carolina State University Libraries

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The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Data Repository Architect. The NCSU Libraries, a member of the Digital Library Federation, is engaged in a number of data repository and data management initiatives at a regional and national level, including collaboration with the Library of Congress under the National Digital Information Infrastructure & Preservation Program (NDIIPP) and an emerging local collaboration under the auspices of the Triangle Research Library Network (TRLN). The incumbent will join the Digital Library Initiatives Department (8 librarians and 3 technical and support staff), working in a highly collaborative environment with library colleagues and external partners on digital repository development, digital preservation, metadata architecture, digital collections management, and digital services development. A close relationship with the Libraries’ Information Technology Department ensures availability of a robust server, storage, application hosting, and networking infrastructure.


Explores, adapts, and implements emerging digital repository and data repository technologies. Provides leadership for projects that advance data curation and that promote reuse of scientific data. Develops procedures and mechanisms for capture and maintenance of metadata. Works with other library staff to develop metadata strategy and to implement relevant metadata standards. Contributes to investigations into cultural, organizational, and technical issues associated with data sharing in the academic environment. Maintains a high level of knowledge of other libraries’ use of emerging data repository technologies. Serves on library-wide and regional committees, task forces, and teams. Represents the Libraries at regional and national meetings, consortia, and associations. Librarians at NC State are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Reports to the Head, Digital Library Initiatives.

Salary and Benefits

The Libraries offers highly competitive salaries in recognition of applicable education and experience. Relocation allowance provided. Librarians have non-tenure track faculty status (without levels of rank). Benefits include: 24 days vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC comprehensive major 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. More benefits information is available at

Required: ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree. Relevant professional experience. Evidence of innovation using emerging digital repository and data management technologies. Demonstrated successful project management experience. Knowledge of metadata standards, XML/XSLT, and digital repository technologies. Experience programming in a scripting language such as Python, PHP, or Perl. Ability to work in an environment of teamwork and cooperation. Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, and personably, orally and in writing. Knowledge of research and education in a university setting. Demonstrated record of ongoing professional development. Preferred: Familiarity with one or more scientific data domains.

Archived on: 2007-01-17