Digital Initiatives Librarian

ASU Library seeks a Digital Initiatives Librarian to coordinate and oversee digital projects and initiatives for ASU Library, through a team-based approach to leading, planning, and managing repository services, with primary responsibility for ensuring digital access to the Library’s engaging and expanding digital cultural heritage collections.

Reporting to the Head of Open Collections Curation and Access, the Digital Initiatives Librarian leads the effective lifecycle management of PRISM collections, and collaborates with librarians, archivists, user experience specialists, and other stakeholders to ensure that digital content in the PRISM repository is appropriately discoverable, accessible, usable, and preserved. PRISM preserves and shares digitized and born digital content from ASU Library's many unique distinctive, archival, and community-oriented collections, including bilingual collections in Spanish and English. Collections in PRISM are open, and intended to be used for teaching, learning, research, and scholarship, and include historic and contemporary photographs, maps, audio recordings, videos, manuscripts, and texts.

As a creative and dynamic professional, the Digital Initiatives Librarian develops opportunities for inter-institutional cooperation, explores emerging technologies and novel solutions, and contributes to building an active and knowledgeable community. Through professional development and service activities, the Digital Initiatives Librarian contributes to expanding and enhancing digital collections services, including those for ASU’s diverse communities of learners and scholars.

A center of energy, imagination and innovation, the ASU Library is home to eight library facilities across four ASU campus locations – providing students and faculty access to millions of information resources, world-class collections, outstanding study spaces, advanced data centers and a suite of makerspaces. Serving as a critical gateway to ASU’s research and knowledge enterprise, the ASU Library works to collaborate, educate and innovate across disciplines, communities and technologies, while leveraging key research, learning and engagement opportunities that are unique to ASU. A strong supporter of student success and a critical partner in realizing the New American University mission of access, excellence and impact, the ASU Library is a space of potentiality, out of which many futures can be built and of which none are excluded. More information about the library can be found at



  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an American Library Association accredited program.
  • At least 1 year of experience with digital collections management.
  • A statement in your cover letter addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to social justice, diversity, equity and/or inclusion will advance ASU Library’s commitment to inclusive excellence.


  • 1-3 years of professional experience working with digital collections associated with an archival repository.
  • 1-3 years of project management experience.
  • Fluency with or reading knowledge of Spanish.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digitization processes, life cycle management of digital assets, metadata schema, authority control, controlled vocabularies, and relevant descriptive standards.
  • Knowledge of nationally-accepted digital metadata standards such as Dublin Core or MODS; archival description standards such as DACS or EAD; or transformation tools and scripting languages such as Open Refine or XSLT.
  • Knowledge of digital preservation standards and practices, including standards for the certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, management, and supervisory skills.
  • Prior success seeking and gaining consensus on solutions to complex problems.

Salary and rank

This is a continuing track Academic Professional position; Assistant/Associate Librarian and salary dependent upon experience.

Application procedures

This is a paperless search; only electronic materials will be accepted. To apply, please submit electronically to the following: A cover letter, comprehensive vita or resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of 3 recent professional references. No paper applications, faxes or emails will be accepted.

The applicant’s last name should appear in each uploaded file name. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at: Application deadline is August 12, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until position is filled.

Other information

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. For more information regarding ASU, visit our website: For more information about the Phoenix metropolitan area, please visit

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