Digital Collections Librarian

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
University Libraries
University Libraries


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of Digital Collections Librarian in the Research Informatics and Publishing department. This strategic position will lead the University Libraries’ efforts in access and usability of digital collections, which includes a diverse collection of digital images, digitized archival materials, and cultural heritage artifacts. In this position, you will also address the importance of equity, inclusion, and representation with digital collections. This is a fixed-term, multi-year position reporting to the Head, Research Informatics and Publishing. Core responsibilities include: Collaborating with colleagues across the Libraries and the University in designing, stewarding, and evaluating user-centered services and support for digital collections; Acting as product owner for the University Libraries’ cultural heritage object repository; Developing and supporting the University Libraries’ efforts around collections as data; Providing collection level services for digital scholarship and digital humanities projects in support of Penn State research. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. The successful candidate will enthusiastically grow the University Libraries welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit Required Qualifications: Requires a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent; ability to work independently and collaboratively; knowledge of metadata standards, such as Dublin Core, Darwin Core, METS, MODS; knowledge of emerging technology trends in digital collections; familiarity with digital collections development software; knowledge of digital formats (image, audio, video, object, text) and their associated best practices for online access; demonstrated ability to work effectively, cooperatively and collaboratively with a variety of individuals and groups across an organization to accomplish initiatives; a demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and implement projects; and excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Preferred Qualifications: Experience with application programming interfaces for cultural heritage collections, such as the International Image Interoperability Framework. Environment: The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University’s strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach. The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university-wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, AP Trust, SPARC, CNI, the ACRL Diversity Alliance and a number of other organizations. The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day`s drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. For more information, please visit and Compensation and Rank: This is a fixed-term, multi-year position. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online. Interested candidates should upload a letter of application including a diversity statement, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses). Review of applications will begin Monday, July 8, 2019 and continue until position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Sara Hackett, Faculty Search Coordinator, at

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088