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Appointment Type: Admin Full-time

Department:Schaffer Library

Categories: Administration

Position Grade:LS

The Digital Collections & Preservation Librarian manages and helps shape the intake processes, access, and sustainability of digitized materials that support the Schaffer Library digital collections program. Reporting to the Director of Content & Digital Library Systems (CDLS), the incumbent works closely with colleagues across departments and on cross-functional teams to manage selected digital repository and digital preservation platforms, ensure a high degree of innovation and functionality, and ensure that digital objects are available for research use in a variety of formats. This librarian serves as technical expert for repository development and standards, and ensures that digitized and born-digital objects can be curated and maintained for short- and long-term access. The incumbent participates in library-wide services and projects, such as instruction, workshops, and events for the diverse Union community, and is expected to pursue a focused program of professional development, scholarly activity and service.


  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program required, or equivalent education and experience.

  • Minimum two years experience with a digital repository or digital preservation system, such as Archipelago, CONTENTdm, Omeka, Islandora, bepress Digital Commons, or Preservica.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, current practices and standards of digital preservation guidelines and general principles of repository management, such as the NDSA Levels of Preservation and COAR Repositories recommendations.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in common digital collections technologies such as XML/XSLT, PHP, Ruby, Python, Git/GitHub, or Apache Solr.

  • Proficiency with Linux, Windows, or MacOS at the command line preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a broad range of library colleagues and work on cross-functional teams preferred.

  • Ability to apply user-centered design principles to digital content, from library collections to research projects and pedagogical work preferred.

  • Demonstrated commitment to undergraduate education.

  • Demonstrated skills in planning, project management, implementing and assessing programs and services.

  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in higher education and academic libraries including technological developments.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Must be safety conscious and able to work with a diverse group of individuals.


  • Manage the ingest of digitized materials into the Schaffer Library digital repository.

  • Manage the digital repository and digital preservation systems to ensure access and sustainability of digital objects.

  • Provide technical expertise for workflow, scripting, and access to digital objects.

  • Design workflows that support the digital preservation needs at the library and selected areas on campus.

  • Collaborate closely with colleagues to ensure sustainable workflows and models for long-term digital preservation.

  • Collaborate with library departments to build rich digital collections.

  • Provide expertise on campus for the sustainability of digital objects in a variety of research, pedagogical, and collection-building projects.

  • Perform consultations and lend expertise to a variety of repository needs on campus.

  • Serve as liaison to external vendors for software maintenance and feature requests.

  • Contribute to library-wide services and projects, such as instruction, workshops, and events.

  • Pursue a program of professional development, scholarly activity, and service as described in the College’s criteria for promotion and retention.

  • Ability to travel regionally and nationally for consortia, membership meetings and professional development.

  • Other duties as assigned.

The minimum anticipated starting salary for this position, if annualized is $60,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

We offer exceptional benefits including:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time

  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays

  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)

  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs

  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development

  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan

  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability

  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

Advertised: January 14, 2022

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