Digital Curation & Metadata Librarian

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Work type: Non-Instructional Faculty (Coach/Counselor/Librarian)
Location: Channel Islands
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Probationary, Full Time, Librarian (Non-instructional Faculty)

Program:  Broome Library

Rank:  Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

Title:   Digital Curation and Metadata Librarian

Effective Date of Appointment:  07/03/2023
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)

About the University: 

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002 as the newest campus in the California State University system. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into one of the premier public universities, not only in the California State University system, but also in the nation. Indeed, U.S. News & World Report listed CSUCI as 12th among “Top Public Universities in the West” in the current edition of Best Colleges Rankings. In 2020, CollegeNET also ranked CSUCI 20th out of over 1,449 schools in its “Social Mobility Index,” and Money Magazine rated CSUCI as the 15th “Most Transformative College” in the nation.

CSUCI is a public comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The University is located in Ventura County and is home to more than 5,470 undergraduate and 170graduate students. Approximately 55% of CSUCI’s students are Pell Grant eligible, and approximately 62% are first-generation college students. CSUCI is also proud to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with 55% of its undergraduate students self-identifying as Latinx, 25% as White, 6% as Asian/Asian American, 4% as multiracial, and 2% as Black/African American. In 2019, CSUCI was awarded Excelencia in Education’s inaugural “Seal of Excelencia” for its facilitation of Latinx student success. Also, in 2022, CI became the first college to earn the Seal of Excelencia recertification.

CSUCI is committed to diversifying its faculty in order to address students’ ever-changing needs in the 21st century. The University is also taking steps to confront racism and to advocate for social justice. To this end, CSUCI encourages applicants to apply who are motivated to serve and contribute to the university’s tenure-track body, which self-identifies as 62% White, 21% Latinx, 9% Asian/Asian American, and 2% Black/African American.

Diversity Statement: 

CSUCI is committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to furthering inclusive excellence in our campus community. We seek to enhance our diverse University population by welcoming people from all backgrounds, and by working to sustain an environment where colleagues can not only work and learn, but also create and thrive.

CSUCI Mission Statement: 

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

CSUCI’s Commitment to You:

CSUCI is committed to helping newly hired faculty develop a sense of belonging in a collaborative and supportive community dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for establishing and sustaining a research agenda and engaging in continuous improvement in equitable teaching and learning.

About the Program: 

The John Spoor Broome Library team is comprised of 11 librarians and 11 staff members. A critical part of the CSUCI experience, the Library supports the learning and research communities of our diverse campus through its collections, and robust information literacy program. The Broome Library is prized by faculty and students alike for its careful attention to physical space, collections, special programming, and services such as equipment lending.

The Library’s commitment to comprehensive reference service, active learning pedagogy, multicultural programming, and range of methods for gathering student input reflect its alignment with, and support of, the campus’s four mission centers. Furthermore, the integration of information literacy standards into the campus General Education learning outcomes creates an effective foundation for its core educational mission.

The Broome Library values inclusive excellence. To address the ways in which structural racism is embedded in library practices, the Broome Library is committed to developing, stewarding, and improving access to collections that reflect and represent the voices and experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) populations, and other historically underrepresented and marginalized communities.

We believe that the library is a powerful force for equity, and we embrace the strategies for excellence as articulated by the Association of College & Research Libraries, and value different ways of knowing, and seek to identify, and work to eliminate barriers to inclusive and equitable services, spaces, resources, and scholarship.

About the Position:

The Digital Curation and Metadata Librarian leads in the development, curation, sustainability, and expansion of digital scholarship across the campus research and creative community. The Digital Curation and Metadata Librarian also identifies and develops opportunities to support preservation and discoverability of digital content in the Broome Library’s systems.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

  • Master's degree in library/information/archival science accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a full-time professional librarian or museum archivist position required.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in library/information/archival science accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a full-time professional librarian or museum archivist position required.
  • Progressively responsible experience in an academic library, museum, or archives, including experience working with software and best practices in online institutional repositories.
  • Proven ability to collaborate with teaching faculty or professional scholars in project management or implementation experience working collaboratively with others in a professional environment.
  • Experience working with Dublin Core, Encoded Archival Description (EAD), Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), Metadata Encoding & Transmission Standard (METS), or other XML-based standards.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse range of patrons in culturally relevant ways.
  • Applicants should demonstrate the commitment to effectively work with and engage a diverse student population and evidence of how they would successfully mentor historically underrepresented and marginalized students with special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian, and Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander students. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in providing library services in an automated environment.
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues in library services.
  • Evidence of service and leadership in the library profession.
  • Experience implementing a digital repository program using Samvera.
  • Understanding of copyright and intellectual property issues.
  • Establish an effective and sustainable digital preservation program, including the management of the Institutional Repository of California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI), and serve as the campus administrator of the digital asset management systems used by the library.
  • Advise and assist the campus with the preservation of student and faculty research, scholarship and creative activities.
  • Use the Library’ systems to ensure best practices in the creation of digital content, and make resources discoverable.
  • Assess campus digital scholarship needs, and identify opportunities to support faculty and student digital scholarship creation, for inclusion in the Library’s systems, including access, and preservation, applying advanced knowledge of digital archival standards.
  • Create policies, procedures, and identify workflows needed to establish, implement, and coordinate digital preservation systems used by the CSUCI Library.
  • Recommend and advise on the processing and description activities for digital materials used across the library units and programs, and develop best practices and training in metadata for digital scholarship.
  • Working knowledge of copyright as pertains to acquisition, preservation and sharing of digital content.
  • Works directly with departments as a liaison in the development of the collections, Information Literacy classes, and creation and maintenance of research guides in assigned subject areas.
  • Engage in professional and scholarly activities and service to the University (e.g. university-wide committees, etc.), the Library, and the profession.
  • Enhance and develop opportunities to collaborate on digital collections with regional partners;
  • Promote and support student and faculty research using digital collections, including hands-on research using the Mobile Archives Collaboratory, an archival digitization classroom.
  • Provide public service, including reference shifts, research consultations, and outreach to the campus community per assigned areas.
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, students, and community to build creative, diverse, and inclusive library collections and services and meet university goals and priorities.
  • Pursue scholarship as expected of a tenure-track position.

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin February 6, 2023. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Applicants must submit the following materials: 

  1. A cover letter;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. The names and email addresses of three references;
  4. A statement of your philosophy of librarianship that includes your perspectives on working with diverse communities.
  • A statement describing your experience mentoring and/or working with historically underrepresented and marginalized students with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander and American Indian students, and
  • A teaching philosophy describing how you plan to engage and interact with students, with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, and American Indian students.

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

Submit all required materials to the CSUCI Careers application web address below:


The California State University maintains a systemwide Salary Schedule for Senior Assistant Librarian (12 Month) faculty. The anticipated, equity-minded starting salary for this position is $7,500 - $8,500 (monthly). The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

General Information: 

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

CSUCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096.

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Faculty Affairs at academicpersonnel@csuci.edu.  

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