The IUPUI University Library seeks a User Experience (UX) and Project Management Librarian to be a part of the Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship, and Operations Team. This UX and PM Librarian will lead the user-centric, ongoing development of the library’s web presence, employing student and faculty focused usability testing and industry standards to inform, and project management skills to organize timely work completion. The library’s web presence includes: our website, research guides, over 80 digital collections, institutional and data repositories, open publishing services, digital humanities projects, a discovery system, and other digital interfaces. The UX and PM Librarian participates in all stages of web site development – from concept to implementation. She/He will have a passion for innovative problem solving and be the key translator between expressed web interface needs and the technologists who make the web designs a reality. The UX and PM Librarian works in a highly collaborative cross-unit environment including with other academic technologists on broad scale, grant funded, national digital library solution efforts. In an ever-changing technology environment the UX and PM Librarian will need to be able to quickly learn and implement new technologies.
The UX and PM Librarian reports to the Associate Dean of Digital Scholarship and works closely with the Head of Operations (library technology team). The UX and PM Librarian will demonstrate the potential to fulfill the requirements for promotion and tenure and an understanding of IUPUI’s mission, “to advance the state of Indiana and the intellectual growth of its citizens to the highest levels nationally and internationally through research and creative activity, teaching and learning, and civic engagement.”
- Scope, plan, and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Communicate project priorities and goals with project stakeholders, developers, and library-wide staff.
- Create and maintain project documentation.
- Participate, as needed, on library committees. May provide advice or assistance to other units within the University Library regarding user research or interface issues.
- Create concept sketches, flow diagrams, wireframes, mockups, and html prototypes.
- Create complete visual designs and web-ready graphics.
- Conduct ongoing research into the development of new interface capabilities, enhancements, and user-centered design trends.
- Design and conduct user research/usability studies using a variety of techniques (e.g. formal/informal usability testing, online surveys, card sorting, interviews, observations, focus groups, participatory design).
- Conduct regular web analytics to identify opportunities for improvement.
- Conduct web accessibility audits.
- An ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science
- Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to work independently, contribute and collaborate effectively as a member of a team as well as lead a project group.
It is expected that the Librarian will be highly proficient in at least 5 of the following qualifications with no predetermined preferred combination. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop additional skills through library supported professional development.
- Creating complete interface designs and web-ready graphics.
- Utilizing graphics software and prototyping software (e.g., Photoshop, Illustrator).
- Designing and/or evaluating library systems or other complex websites.
- Designing and/or evaluating mobile interfaces.
- Employing a variety of user research/usability methods.
- Employing web accessibility standards and coding techniques.
- Conducting web analytics analysis.
- Creating concept sketches, flow diagrams, wire frames, and mock-ups.
- Utilizing collaborative programming tools such as Confluence, Jira , GitHub, or similar.
- Utilizing open source software such as: Drupal, DSpace, Open Journal System, Fedora, Hydra/Samvera.
- Working in agile programming environment.
- Managing complex projects including delegation of work and timeline creation.
- A degree or training in a relevant technology oriented field (e.g., Project Management, Graphic Design, UxD, HCI, Digital Humanities) is desired but not required.
About IUPUI and University Library
As one of only 18 universities nationwide to receive the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from Insight Into Diversity (the nation’s oldest higher education diversity publication) for five consecutive years, IUPUI is an urban-serving institution with a mission and a vision focused on both diversity and community engagement. Home to three recent Library Journal Movers and Shakers, the University Library is looking for librarians who will support our commitment to engage with the wider educational community through performance, professional development and service that are inclusive of the rich diversity of our campus and our city.
Ranked 5th by U.S. News and World Report in “Up-and-Coming National Universities,” IUPUI is an urban research and health sciences campus with 18 schools and 250 degree programs. Located in downtown Indianapolis, a multicultural and affordable mid-sized city, the campus serves more than 30,000 students annually, 15.6% of whom are classified as an ethnic minority and 4.5% of whom are international students.
IUPUI’s goal is to create an academic community, rich with intellectual, cultural and social diversity. As part of the IUPUI campus, the University Library values diversity in the backgrounds of our staff. IUPUI is an affirmative action and an equal opportunity employer, committed to recruiting, hiring, promoting, educating, and providing services to persons based upon their individual qualifications. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, disability status, or protected veteran status. Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application process may contact library administration.
Compensation and Application
Minimum salary is $50,000, with additional funding for professional development and travel. Benefits include 22 vacation days, 9 paid holidays, health/dental insurance options, and retirement contributions of 10% to either TIAA-CREF or Fidelity plans. A start-up package includes $10,000 for moving and additional professional development expenses.
Deadline for applications is February 9, 2018. The position is available no sooner than April 2018. Please forward a resume, contact information for four references (include name, title, telephone number, and e-mail address) and a letter of application discussing your ability to contribute to student success at IUPUI and the strengths you will bring to the position. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/5258