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Senior Library Specialist

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

*All applications received by May 22, 2017 will receive full consideration.* This is a local recruitment. Out of area candidates will be responsible for travel costs for final in-person interviews and for moving costs, if selected. When prompted to do so, please upload three (3) professional references.



Open Date 05/01/2017
Requisition Number PRN14103B
Job Title Senior Library Specialist
Working Title Digital Publishing Services Specialist
Job Grade C
FLSA Code Nonexempt
Patient Care Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 40
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule Summary

Monday-Friday, 8-5
Some evenings and weekends may be required.

VP Area Academic Affairs
Department 00790 - Marriott Library - Operations
Location Campus
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range $15.33
Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.
Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime.
Job Summary

Reporting to the Head of Digital Scholarship Services, the Digital Publishing Services Specialist (DPSS) will work closely with the clients of Digital Scholarship Services to develop digital scholarship projects. In addition to being engaged in projects from planning stages to completion, the DPSS will also play a key role in maintaining a growing library of completed digital scholarship projects housed on library servers and publicly featured on the department website. In order to efficiently and effectively deliver publishing services, the DPSS will be expected to develop and maintain expertise in the functionalities of digital publishing softwares used by the department in order to create custom templates. You will additionally be responsible for digitally archiving and maintaining works housed in USpace, the University of Utah’s Institutional Repository.


Provide client support services to Digital Scholarship Services’ publishing services clients
• Provide consultation and technical assistance to existing, new, and potential clients, both online and in-person, by appointment
• Develop and maintain expertise in the use of software systems used by the department to produce digital scholarship projects
• Work with the Head of Digital Scholarship Services to develop, refine, and document production workflows for new and existing projects
• Abide by and work within the time and resource constraints as outlined in a client’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Library

Provide support services in the institutional repository, USpace
• Accept, process and make available faculty, student and staff submissions to USpace
• Perform maintenance on USpace as needed to correct errors and modify collections, as directed by the Head of Digital Scholarship Services
• Process patron requests received through the departmental email listserv
• Participate in relevant library and professional training
• Perform other departmental duties, as assigned by the department head

Minimum Qualifications

Four years library experience or equivalency; knowledge of specialized library techniques and principles as well as research and organizational skills required; demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required. Some supervisory experience may be preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


• A bachelor’s degree, with a significant coursework on communication, media production or media editing.
• Knowledge of and ability to use digital publishing software platforms such as WordPress, Omeka, Open Journal System, Open Monograph System, Google Earth and Open Conference System.
• Experience working in an office environment with administrative assistant duties.
• Ability to take initiative to solve problems, communicate solutions, and improve communication among a diverse group of people.
• Ability to work independently after an initial 3-month training period.
• Ability to work collaboratively and effectively as a member of a team.
• Demonstrated proficiency and capability with information technology systems in the context of an academic library.
• Reading, writing, or speaking skills in a second language.

Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary

All applications received by May 22, 2017 will receive full consideration.

This is a local recruitment. Out of area candidates will be responsible for travel costs for final in-person interviews and for moving costs, if selected.

When prompted to do so, please upload three (3) professional references.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.
To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email:

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How many years of library experience do you have?
    • Less than 2 years
    • 2 years or more, but less than 4 years
    • 4 years or more, but less than 6 years
    • 6 years or more, but less than 8 years
    • 8 years or more

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission
  2. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169