Position: Librarian (Digital Collections Specialist)
Location: Digital Content Management Section, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $72,030 to $93,638
Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.
This position serves as a Digital Collection Specialist and is located within the Digital Content Management Section. The position reports to the Head of the Digital Content Management Section and will work to support By the People, the Library of Congress crowd sourcing transcription program.
The position description number is 385310.
This is a non-supervisory-bargaining unit position.
The Digital Content Management Section is responsible for providing digital acquisitions support to Library Services, and for the lifecycle management of digital collections that are not otherwise under the care of a custodial division. The section also is responsible for managing the Library’s web archiving program and collections, managing By the People, the Library of Congress crowdsourcing program, and provides advice and assistance to the Law Library as needed. Digital Content Management Section staff collaborate with other Library curatorial units, technical staff and external organizations to establish best practices, implement new and streamline existing digital workflows, and identify digital content management problems and propose solutions for the content within the scope of the section.
By the People (crowd.loc.gov) invites volunteers to transcribe, review, and tag digitized images of manuscripts and typed materials from the Library’s collections. All transcriptions are made and reviewed by volunteers before they are returned to loc.gov, the Library’s website. These transcriptions improve search, readability, and access to handwritten and typed documents for those who are not fully sighted or cannot read the handwriting of the original documents.
Serves as a digital collections specialist for multiple workflows within the Digital Content Management Section. Applies extensive knowledge of library policies and procedures to the assigned tasks and workflows in order to acquire digital collection materials. Implements, tests, and improves workflows in order to achieve digital content management goals for multiple streams of digital content under care of the unit.
Acquires, creates or oversees creation of descriptive, technical and administrative metadata as needed for collection materials received. Creates and manages automated workflows for ingesting, reviewing, describing, inventorying, and storing digital content.
Utilizes software and hardware tools to assure proper storage locations and identifications. Creates and manages predominantly automated streams from acquisitions sources to storage on appropriate LC systems. Produces or coordinates production of derivative files as appropriate.
Plans and implements assigned portions of digital projects. Suggests improvements to workflows for multiple content streams and identifies risks and challenges to implementation. Establishes priorities and time-frames in coordination with management and stakeholders.
Implements approved plans by scheduling and coordinating work for assigned portions of projects, including recommendations on division of work between and to a project. Tracks assigned portions of project workflow using software tools and schedules activities required to move projects to completion, as appropriate. Reports on status of assigned portions of the project according to the schedules and mechanisms established for the unit.
Coordinates with stakeholders to assist in designing and implementing workflows. Evaluates the results of digital collections projects. Ensures all digital activities and plans for assigned portions of projects conform to or enhance current division and Library bibliographic and custodial practices and make optimum use of scarce resources and staff expertise. Makes recommendations for future improvements.
Develops personal contacts to establish and maintain cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information and professional knowledge related to multiple incoming stream of content.
Consults with supervisors and team leads to resolve problems or issues. Provides input to the supervisor/team leader in planning and implementing workflow procedures and setting production goals for assigned tasks or workflows. Assists others inside and outside the section with resolving digital collections management questions. Creates and makes presentations to internal stakeholders as needed.
Acquires and applies specialized knowledge of techniques and methods relating to digital content management and digital projects. Proposes modifications to existing information practices, precedents, and techniques and adapts previous approaches to solve information, organization, and access issues related to digital content within the assigned task or workflow. Assesses and recommends new solutions to digital content management problems within the assigned area.