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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

[LIBJOBS] Project Manager for Digital Collections - University of Michigan Library

Project Manager for Digital Collections - University of Michigan Library

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world's largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university's world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.


The University of Michigan Library is seeking a librarian to be a project manager, with experience in the creation of digital collections and the software and applications that are the base of those collections. The successful candidate will collaborate with a team of librarians, programmers, and other experts on a major initiative to build a new digital library system architecture. The new system will make use of recent developments in the open source community and will handle a wide array of materials: text and images, video, music, research data sets, historical records, and more. This is an opportunity to join a skilled and forward­ thinking group, and to gain experience with modern technologies that support web-­based research and preservation.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library's mission.


  • Be responsible for the integrity of our over 260 locally hosted digital collections, interacting with stakeholders, content providers and others across the library regarding our shared goals of preservation and access.

  • Interact closely with the Digital Conversion Unit to enable project-based accessions for digitization, as well as large digitization projects for locally-held library materials.

  • Enable our continued involvement in the HathiTrust Digital Library as a depositing institution.

  • Utilize techniques such as process mapping and business analysis in order to assess existing and upcoming collections, on a regular basis.

  • Plan, track and document projects and tasks across a wide variety of collections and developmental projects.

  • Collaborate with team members across the Library Information Technology division - including librarians, collection managers, developers, system engineers - on the new digital library platform.

  • ­Participate in the design of workflows to facilitate access and preservation of the digital materials in the collections, as well as workflows shared with the Digital Conversion Unit regarding the digitization of the materials.

  • Coordinate activities among project participants.

  • Share progress with all project stakeholders.

  • Share lessons learned through informal and formal presentations and publications, independently and in collaboration with others.

Required Qualifications*

  • ALA ­accredited master's degree and 3-­5 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.

  • Knowledge and experience in digital projects and digitization management.

  • Demonstrated project management skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.­

  • Demonstrated aptitude for quickly learning new topics.

  • Experience and comfort working in groups

  • Ability to understand diverse perspectives and acknowledge the significance of differences and complexities in backgrounds, cultures, values and viewpoints as the foundation for an inclusive environment.

  • Demonstrated affinity for technology.

Additional Information

Benefits, rank, salary


Appointment is anticipated as an Associate Librarian or Senior Associate Librarian. Salary and rank dependent on the candidate's qualifications and experience. Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library's process for librarian promotion and advancement.


The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.


This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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