The Librarian for Digital Media and Publishing is part of the Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications Office and reports to its Director. The Librarian for Digital Media and Publishing collaborates with library staff, the digital imaging lab, and other campus publishing partners to maintain, promote, and expand the Libraries’ publishing services as related to digital editions, scholarly journals, digital exhibits, digital humanities projects, and electronic theses and dissertations. Moreover, the position envisions digital media and publishing as opportunities to enhance digital literacy on campus, in both teaching and research, through support for the adoption and creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) and the use of DOIs and ORCiDs. The Librarian strengthens relationships with campus centers at Vanderbilt, including the Center for Digital Humanities, Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning, and the Wond’ry, in addition to liaising with the Special Collections Library, Digital Imaging Lab, and other intra-library partners
About the Work Unit:
The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University is comprised of nine libraries, including Special Collections & University Archives. We seek to create a welcoming environment and provide services for research and scholarship, the libraries are dynamic places for faculty & staff, students and alumni to reflect and discover.
The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries are fundamental to the university’s goal of advancing scholarship and learning. We collect, preserve and make accessible a wide variety of resources, we partner with faculty and students to shape research, and we encourage the development of informed scholars and engaged citizens
Duties and Responsibilities:
Promote and support the creation of digital media
- Promotes and supports the adoption of tools such as Omeka and Scalar, as well as the Adobe creative suite of products.
- Supports digital exhibits for Special Collections and University Archives, the Fine Arts Gallery, digital humanities projects, and other campus projects and partners.
- Liaises with Digital Imaging Lab to support the visualization of unique Vanderbilt collections.
Advances digital publishing programs on campus
- Assists Director for Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications to develop awareness of the digital publishing opportunities across campus;
- Provides guidance about producing and publishing digital editions in TEI and other textual formats;
- Liaises with existing publishing partners and supports their use of Open Journal Systems (OJS) while exploring new publishing tools and partners;
- Supports the use of DOIs and ORCID in collaboration with metadata services team Identifiers on campus;
- Represents Vanderbilt Libraries to the Library Publishing Coalition;
- Refines and expands existing workflows, policies, and practices surrounding the publication of electronic theses and dissertations;
- Works with Centers, Institutes, the Graduate School, and other campus partners to foster the creation, dissemination, and preservation of multimodal, digitally-born scholarly outputs.
Promotes the adoption and creation of Open Educational Resources
- Partners with faculty, librarians, student organizations, and digital learning and teaching administrators to promote open pedogeological practices and the resources that underpin them;
- Liaises with existing groups on campus to locate and evaluate existing OER and explore the creation of new forms of OER;
- Develops and leads trainings for librarians and the broader campus community on OER and associated open scholarship and publishing components.
Research and Development
- Investigates new and emerging technologies in digital editions and publishing;
- Presents and publishes on topics related to library support for open access publishing, adoption and creation of open educational resources, and/or developing digital exhibits and digitally visualizing special collections.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate:
- A Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, or an advanced degree in a related field from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
- Excellent communication skills and ability to build meaningful partnerships across a broad cross section of campus is necessary.
- Experience working with digital exhibits, visualizing digital projects, or publishing open access journals or open educational resources is necessary.
- Strong user-focus and ability to thrive in a team-based environment is necessary.
- Functional knowledge of open source content management platforms such as Omeka or publishing platforms such as OJS or PubPub is preferred.
- Practical experience with XML and related technologies for publishing digital editions (BaseX,eXist, JATS, RelaxNG, Schematron, TEI, XPath, XQuery, and XSLT) is strongly preferred.
- Conversant with linked data principles and platforms, including the IIIF standards, JSON-LD, Wikidata, and the W3C Hydra Core for Hypermedia-Driven Web APIs is preferred.
About Vanderbilt Benefits:
In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor’s degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt’s benefits at VU Benefits Overview.
About Vanderbilt University:
Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.