Digital Projects Technical Coordinator

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Northern Illinois University Libraries seek a dynamic individual to coordinate technical aspects of their award-winning digital projects.

Responsibilities include setting markup and metadata standards for all of the library Digitization Unit’s new projects, supervision of the digitization of materials on-site and at collaborating institutions, including training student workers and other staff members in necessary skills and processes, and development of searchable databases presenting online materials. Responsibilities also include supervising the maintenance and operation of existing online materials and maintenance and further development (as needed) of the Digitization Unit’s large internal databases. For complete job description, see

The Digitization Unit’s work is currently funded by the university, a variety of federal, state, and private foundation grants, and collaborations with the private sector. Successful candidate must be capable of extensive self-directed work and continuing professional growth and acquisition of new skills. Must also be eager to identify and solve new, technically oriented problems as they emerge in project work. Project materials include searchable text, image, sound, video, and interactive map resources. The library’s digital projects are available for review at:

Northern Illinois University is located approximately sixty miles west of downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Required: Bachelor’s degree; working familiarity with markup and metadata standards in digital project development, including SGML/XML, Dublin Core, and METS. Strongly preferred: MLS or significant experience in digital project development; extensive experience with MySQL database development, PHP scripting language, and UNIX/Linux system administration; basic understanding of American history.

Renewable, 12-month appointment; vacation and sick leave; competitive salary.

To assure full consideration, apply by September 3, 2007. Direct letter of application, resume, and names/contact information of at least three references to: Kathy Sherman, Northern Illinois University Libraries, DeKalb, Illinois 60115. AA/EEO.

Drew E. VandeCreek
Director of Digital Projects
Northern Illinois University Libraries
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 753-7179

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