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Librarian for Digital Publishing, Curation, and Conversion

Payson Library – Malibu Campus

The Librarian for Digital Publishing, Curation and Conversion plays a leading role in the presentation of Pepperdine's unique collections and scholarly output to the world. The Librarian works closely with special collections and university archives personnel to identify, research, and prioritize materials for ingest into digital collections, which are powered by CONTENTdm. Following best practices, the Librarian devises scanning workflows and metadata schema appropriate to the diverse content in our collections, collaborates with library staff, and supervises interns and student workers. The Librarian maintains and expands Pepperdine's digital collections and actively seeks out and defines new collections based on both digitized and born-digital content. The Librarian also manages Pepperdine's institutional repository and digital publications platform, both of which are powered by Digital Commons (bepress). These initiatives are designed to promote Pepperdine scholarly communications, and involve a significant effort in outreach and coordination with Pepperdine administrators, faculty, and students.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Librarian for Digital Publishing, Curation and Conversion is responsible for three key areas:

Digital Publishing – Works closely with content creators, editors, publishers to solicit, organize, upload, and maintain scholarly content within the library's digital publishing platform (digitalcommons@pepperdine.edu).

Digital Curation – Assists in the selection of collections for digitization working closely with library and academic personnel; provides narrative descriptions for collections added to the digital repository; creates Blog postings regarding newly added collections; coordinates and carries out description of digital objects with Center for Linked Data personnel; coordinates in collaboration with the Library's preservation committee preservation of digital content, and develops ways to strategically disseminate content to a diverse array of users.

Digital Conversion – Manages, oversees and coordinates digital conversion, including normalization of content, digital to analog conversion (scanning, imaging, and copying) to digital systems and formats following accepted preservation and access guidelines, standards, policies and procedures.

The Librarian also contributes to the Library's user services program by participating in subject matter liaison work, and contributes to other digital initiatives, including iTunes U, as needed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Qualifications/Skills: Required: Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school; knowledge of current digitization standards and practices; knowledge of metadata including LCSH, MARC, and Dublin Core; the ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic environment; and excellent organizational, and oral and written communication skills. Preferred: At least three years of experience curating digital collections in an academic library; experience with a digital repository; knowledge of archival description and arrangement; and supervisory experience.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education and employment screening.

This is an exempt, 40 hour per week Librarian position.

Salary: Commensurate with Experience

To apply for this position, please go to Pepperdine University Job Site


Pepperdine Libraries Student Assistant

Payson Library – Malibu Campus


The Payson Library seeks energetic service-oriented students to join the team. Faculty, staff and students depend upon local library services, interlibrary services and resource sharing to support their research and educational needs. Library student workers play a key role in helping the Library achieve these goals.The Library supports the research and instructional needs of the campus community. Library operations encompass a wide variety of activities that range from shelving library materials and basic data entry to complex office/business activities and public service. Library student workers support these activities as well as provide the majority of staffing on weekday evenings and weekends.

For student assistant positions at our Graduate Campus Library locations, please contact the appropriate Campus Library for additional information.

To apply for a position at Payson Library, please complete the online application.

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