Walker Library

Digital Scholarship Librarian (#401180)

The James E. Walker Library at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) seeks candidates for the position of Digital Scholarship Librarian. This position will be responsible for advancing and supporting library programs for development of an Institutional Repository, digital collections and services in support of digital scholarship, including a graduate and faculty digital scholarship laboratory. Provides leadership and engages with campus academic departments, centers and individual faculty directly and through Library liaisons to encourage inclusion of scholarly materials in the Institutional Repository, identify opportunities to support faculty and student digital scholarship and build partnerships for the creation of digital collections. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will work in a highly collaborative environment with Walker Library staff and faculty and staff of archival centers in other administrative units. This position reports to the Dean of Walker Library.

This is a 12-month, tenure-track position. All library faculty are expected to meet promotion and tenure standards. Available as soon as position is filled.


  • Develops strategic plans, budgets and manages ongoing projects in concert with members of the library and archive partnership
  • Knowledgeable on issues of copyright and rights management in relationship to digital publication.
  • Establishes and documents campus wide technical and metadata standards for digitization and digital collections.
  • Coordinates the development of a new institutional repository with the overall digital collections projects
  • Within the library, effectively works with a cross department project team in collaboration with the Heads of User Services, Collection Development and Management and Library Technology to plan, implement and manage digital projects, including the underlying technology infrastructure.
  • Leads efforts to obtain and manage grants and outside funding in support of digital initiatives.
  • Coordinates the collaboration between Walker Library and campus archival centers in the development and implementation of digital scholarship project.
  • Participates in professional service and research activities in support of promotion and tenure requirements.

Required Qualifications: MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited program. Minimum of three years of direct experience in the development of digital collections and/or digital repository. Record of professional experience related to copyright and digital rights management. Record of successful project management. Excellent communication skills and ability to work collaboratively across units. Evidence of ability to meeting the scholarly requirements for tenure and promotion.  

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with ContentDM, Omeka, or DSpace. Strong knowledge of metadata standards and formats. Previous experience in an academic setting. A record of successful grant writing. Experience with formal assessment, evaluation or usability methods.  

Salary and Benefits:  Competitive salary. Academic rank commensurate with qualifications.  Generous benefits include fully-paid State or TIAA/CREF retirement, 24 days annual leave, 12 days sick leave, and 13 paid holidays.  12 month tenure-track appointment with faculty rank.

Application Procedure:  All applications must be submitted online at https://mtsujobs.mtsu.edu. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to appointment.  Official transcripts (not issued to student) of all college degrees and three letters of recommendation specific to the position will be required prior to an on-campus interview.

Environment:  Middle Tennessee State University is a Carnegie Doctoral Research Intensive University of over 26,000 students located 30 miles southeast of Nashville. Middle Tennessee State University is a dynamic institution with a commitment to diversity, valuing excellent teaching and fostering initiatives in research and public service.  The university library lies at the heart of the MTSU educational experience.  Murfreesboro offers a rich cultural and recreational life and easy access to a variety of attractions within the state and region.  Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU are available at http://police.mtsu.edu/crime_statistics.htm

MTSU, a culturally diverse university, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution and employer. Women, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. As a key element of student education and faculty research, the library serves at the forefront of service and fully supports the commitment to a diverse campus environment.

See the Background Statement on Diversity and Excellence at http://library.mtsu.edu/administration/diversity.php