Vanderbilt University Librarian for Digital Collections Support in Nashville, Tennessee

Librarian for Digital Collections Support (Job Number: 1900219)


As part of the LTDS team, this position will assist in supporting and developing applications for the Vanderbilt libraries. This position provides support for digital collections and projects, including the integrated library system (Alma).

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University is comprised of nine libraries and the Fine Arts Gallery, as well as service departments in technical services, scholarly communications, IT infrastructure, and digital scholarship. We seek to create a welcoming environment and serve as a partner in research and scholarship. The libraries are dynamic places for faculty, staff, students, and alumni to reflect and discover. We also strive to be a workplace in which staff at every level continuously grow in knowledge and skills, staying abreast of advances and trends in librarianship to power relevant, vibrant research libraries.

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

Provide technology and programming support for digital collections including

  • Support for digitalcollections, including Islandora

  • Support in determiningappropriate schemas

  • Create crosswalksbetween schemas and adding to search interface as appropriate

Collaborate with groups in the library to improve metadata and discoverability

  • Create structures forexporting files from one system to another utilizing PHP, OAI-PMH, XML, etc.

  • Working with others inthe library to determine the best mapping of new resources between the existingformat and records in Alma for discovery

  • Provide support forutility programming for other library systems

Provide support for Cataloging/Metadata modules in Alma

  • Alma configurationchanges assuring consistency across modules

  • Participate in theplanning and preparation for loading and exporting large groups of records

  • Provide limited supportfor analytics and reports

  • Provide utilityprogramming support for library systems

  • Work with others toimplement the best mapping of new resources records for discovery

  • Assist in maintainingsystem integrations with other systems, including ArchivesSpace

Provide general technical support for staff in the library

  • Provide some desktopsupport for library applications, including ILLiad, Alma, Spine-O-Matic, etc.

  • Provide user supportfor account management

Other duties as assigned

  • Committee work

  • Meetings

  • Professionaldevelopment

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • Minimum educationrequired: MLS or MLIS

  • Two years of experienceworking in an academic library or comparable environment is necessary

  • Experience with webapplications and APIs in a university library environment is preferred

  • Ability to work in ateam environment

  • Able to balancemultiple priorities simultaneously

  • Experience with MARCand non-MARC metadata such as DC, MODS, VRACore, etc.

  • Experience with aprogramming language (PHP, Ruby, Perl, Angular JS, etc.)

  • Experience working withboth Windows and Unix operating systems

  • Experience working withweb services

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 VUBenefits Overview at .

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.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 31120 - Scholarly Resources

Job: Academic Affairs Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action