Repository Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2014-05-22

Employer: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library seeks a Repository Librarian for the Carolina Digital Repository (  The Carolina Digital Repository is a service of the University Library to the entire UNC Chapel Hill campus, providing collection, preservation, and discovery tools for faculty, researchers, staff, and students.  The Carolina Digital Repository is based on the Fedora Commons repository on iRODS.  The UNC Chapel Hill Library is an active development partner in the Fedora4 project. The Carolina Digital Repository hosts the ETDs from the Graduate School, the Honor’s Program, MFA for Fine Arts, and the School of Public Health.  The Carolina Digital Repository is the preservation home for other significant collections, such as the Southern Folklife Collection ( and the Research Laboratories of Archaeology (

Reporting to the Head of Software Development within the division of Library and Information Technology (LIT), the Repository Librarian is responsible for the planning, development, testing, and implementation of the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR), managing a diverse set of stakeholders to the CDR, and collaboration with other departments that provide technical resources in support of the CDR. The Librarian will provide project management for the Repository Application Team responsible for the direct technical development of the Carolina Digital Repository and associated tools supporting data curation.  The individual in this position will play a leadership role in developing the technical and functional roadmaps with the Head of Software Development, collecting functional requirements from stakeholders, setting priorities for development, managing ingest of digital objects and collections, and effective communication and documentation.  The Repository Librarian will contribute to the planning and development of CDR strategy, functionality, and capacity by analyzing user input and feedback.

The Repository Librarian will directly support UNC faculty, staff, and students with information, training, and assistance in depositing digital materials into the CDR.  The Librarian will work with Library staff and campus stakeholders to define and implement repository policies, workflows, and capabilities.  The Librarian will work directly with the Head of Digital Research Services, the Head of the Preservation Department, University Archives, and Special Collections Technical Services on preservation policy management to ensure that CDR programs are aligned and integrated with other UNC systems as appropriate.  The Repository Librarian will work with librarians, faculty, and the heads of the various academic, administrative, and research units on campus to identify materials that would be appropriate to include in the CDR, explain expectations, policies, and workflows, negotiate deposit agreements, provide services, training, and support, and investigate and resolve user issues.  In coordination with staff from the Research Hub and Technical Services, the Repository Librarian will consult with depositors on ingest of materials, including mapping user requirements and metadata to repository functionality and standards.  The Librarian will facilitate the development and implementation of governance policies and workflows for depositing and managing content in the CDR.

The Repository Librarian will serve on Library committees, and participate in regional and national working groups related to repository development and data curation, as appropriate, and represent the University of North Carolina and its libraries at appropriate conferences and meetings relative to institutional repositories specifically and to the larger issues related to data curation and scholarly communication.

Required: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science or advanced degree in Computer Science, Archival Studies, or a related field. Demonstrated experience managing software development projects. Coursework or experience leading to knowledge of the principles and practices of data curation and long-term digital preservation.  Knowledge of metadata formats, including Dublin Core, MODS, METS, and data exchange protocols such as SWORD and OAI-PMH. Excellent communication skills.  Demonstrated experience of managing complex workflows and details.  Ability to work collaboratively with programmers, faculty, and library staff.

Preferred:  Demonstrated experience in the acquisition and management of born-digital or digitized library, archival, or research materials.  Experience using Agile Project Management. Some experience with programming languages. Experience developing web applications. Knowledge of software development best practices.

Archived on: 2014-06-13