Digital Projects Librarian/Archivist

Position type
Faculty Position
Librarian Open Rank
Job Summary

The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a Digital Projects Librarian/Archivist who will be responsible for leading DLG’s imaging and curation efforts, student and staff hiring and supervision, quality control, and other duties related to the curation and creation of digital resources for Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) initiatives including but not limited to Athenaeum, the University of Georgia’s institutional repository ( and library-hosted open access journals. The incumbent will also support the DLG’s participation in the Digital Public Library of America. The Digital Projects Librarian/Archivist reports to the Director for the DLG and works closely with the Scholarly Communications Librarian to provide technical support for the University of Georgia Libraries’ institutional repository Athenaeum@UGA which is an important part of the scholarly communications program. The incumbent will supervise one paraprofessional staff member and student assistants as needed.


The award-winning Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative based at the University of Georgia Libraries. The DLG works together with Georgia's libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions of cultural heritage to provide access to the cultural and historical resources of the state of Georgia. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. These may include materials such as original manuscripts, typescripts, books, photographs, maps, sheet music, posters and broadsides, newspapers, primary source materials on microfilm, audio, video, and other formats. Each project is made available freely to the public as part of GALILEO.

Duties and Responsibilities

*Coordinates and provides guidance on imaging and in-house conversion activities including generation of NDNP-compatible newspaper files, implementation of quality assurance routines, derivative generation, and adherence to FADGI guidelines in digital conversion.

*Coordinates digital curation activities for the DLG including the creation of submission Information Packages (SIPs) for archival storage ingest by creating appropriate technical, structural, and rights-related metadata and bundling metadata and digital objects following departmental procedures. Data ingested into the nearline storage, cloud storage, and central preservation archive should comply with national and/or international standards or best practices demonstrated in similar archival systems at peer institutions.

*Participates in planning for digital projects and communicates with Digital Library of Georgia and GALILEO (the statewide virtual library) personnel to coordinate work effort.

*Coordinates collaborative work with Digital Library of Georgia partners in other departments and at other institutions; engages in digitization workflow consulting with partners.

*Supervises staff and students by training, assigning and evaluating work.

*Administers the Libraries’ institutional repository, Athenaeum@UGA, and Open Journal Systems instances by providing site maintenance; updating relevant policies; and coordinating with the Scholarly Communications Librarian and GALILEO/GIL Technical Support Services.

Contributes to the mission of the Digital Library of Georgia by participating in the development and evaluation of policies and services, assessing user needs and satisfaction with learning outcomes, serving on appropriate committees, and maintaining an awareness of changes in allied departments.

Develops and maintains professional skills by participating in continuing education and professional development activities such as conferences, workshops, and committee work; by conducting research or writing for publication; or by engaging in other creative and learning activities.

Participates in library-wide communication by reading, responding to, and initiating information transmitted via the Library listserv, and appropriate library-wide or departmental meetings, and asking questions, seeking clarification, or initiating discussion on library issues.

Maintains awareness and acts upon changes and needs in the organization by assuming similar duties and responsibilities.

*Essential functions.


• Working knowledge of generating FADGI 4 compatible images in a professional setting;
• Working knowledge of digitizing cultural heritage materials using flatbed scanners, DTAtom and CaptureOne CH, and Betterlight scanbacks for imaging of cultural heritage materials in a professional setting;
• Working knowledge of using FITS (File Information Tool Set), BagIt, or other digital curation tools in a professional setting;
• Working knowledge of generating NDNP-compatible digitized newspapers using Abbyy Recognition Server;
• Working knowledge of developing XTF sites;
• Working knowledge of managing DSpace 4 repositories and OJS journal instances;
• Demonstrated skills with scripting languages and/or tools for data manipulation;
• Demonstrated skills in project management and problem solving;
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships;
• Effective oral and written communication skills;
• Ability to function as a contributing team member in a production-oriented environment;
• Demonstrated ability to supervise.


ALA-accredited MLIS, or relevant Master’s degree (ACA certification expected in 5 years for continued employment)

Preferred Qualifications

Working with Samvera or Fedora preferred; Working with Chronicling America newspaper delivery system; Knowledge of current trends and issues in copyright and open access and other areas of scholarly communication including trends, legal issues and best practices as they relate to institutional repositories preferred.

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Salary and Benefits

Minimum Salary: $47,476 (commensurate with experience). UGA librarians are non-tenured faculty members. UGA offers an attractive benefits program including a choice of health and retirement plans, dental plan, tuition remission and a relocation allowance; 21 days annual leave, 12 paid holidays. Rank on hire will be determined according to these guidelines: