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Virtual: IIIF Technology Coordinator

11.9.16 – Technology Coordinator
Council on Library and Information Resources (LCIR), North America/Western Europe
Sarah P’s comments: This an another virtual position saying the work area is North America and Western Europe. It is unclear about who is eligible to apply but I would assume US, Canadian, UK, and EU passport holders.
 

The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Consortium seeks a dedicated staff member to serve as coordinator for IIIF technology. The IIIF Technology Coordinator will play a key role as the IIIF community expands, by serving as a facilitator, provisioner and maintainer of IIIF-related infrastructure; an expert consultant on IIIF technology issues for adopters and integrators; and a general resource for helping coordinate and support IIIF’s technical components. The IIIF Technology Coordinator will work hand-in-hand with and complement the IIIF Community & Communications Officer, who has a major focus on community and communications management. This may be a 70% to 100% time role.
Reporting Lines: The incumbent will be an employee of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Specifically, week-to-week activities supporting IIIF will be directed by the Chair of the IIIF Coordinating Committee or her/his designate, with high level direction coming from the chairperson of IIIF Executive Group. Administrative support and general working conditions will be provided by the Council on Library and Information Resources.
Duties for the Technology Coordinator include:
Provision and maintain IIIF technical and communications infrastructure.
This includes a combination of hands-on development and system support, as well as technical product and project management for components that may be sourced from the community or outsourced to a commercial firm. The Technology Coordinator will provide leadership in conjunction with the IIIF coordinating committee, editors, and community to assess and recommend improvement or new infrastructure. The IIIF infrastructure includes technologies supporting communications, adopters, and end-users:

  • IIIF.io website publishing platform
  • IIIF Demo / Sandbox environment (to demonstrate IIIF functionality with showcase apps and sites)
  • IIIF validators (to confirm target servers and clients conform to the APIs)
  • IIIF converters and shims (to help existing sites convert their images and/or data to be IIIF-compatible)
  • IIIF registry of adopters and implementers. While the Community & Communications Officer will play a major role in populating the content (along with community input), the registry itself will require technical provisioning and maintenance.
  • Other IIIF discovery components, including:
    • Index of IIIF sites / content
    • Central annotation store

IIIF Technical Expert / Advisor / Consultant to Adopters
With a deep understanding of IIIF APIs, data models, and compliant software, the Technology Coordinator will serve as a consultant and expert liaison on specific projects for those who are engaged with IIIF and may need guidance or expert interpretation on the technology. This includes for:

  • Adopting repositories and technical staff looking to set up API endpoints and/or convert their data
  • Software companies looking to make their products IIIF compatible
  • Search aggregators (e.g., DPLA, Europeana, Flickr, Google, Artstor)
  • Other open source projects with complementary efforts (acting as an integration broker)
  • Other organizations / groups (such as IPTC)
  • Those seeking grants to make their projects IIIF-compatible. It is envisioned this role may both help consult on proposals as well as be written in as an expert external resource.

Community Resource & Contributor to Advancing IIIF
As a dedicated expert focused on IIIF, the Technology Coordinator will serve as a general resource in helping advance the overall framework and community. This includes:

  • Fielding technical queries on the IIIF email lists as able, especially for queries that are not replied to by other community members
  • Helping gather and provide requirements and use cases to feed the technical specification process
  • Helping validate draft specifications through independent implementations
  • Helping test compliance/compatibility of software & implementations
  • Understanding the general technical needs of IIIF adopters, and helping ensure appropriate technical support channels exist in the community
    • This includes paying special attention to the requirements of IIIF-C members, who help support IIIF financially.
  • Participate in IIIF-related grants and projects as a IIIF central resource (e.g., participating in proposal writing, project management, technical consulting, etc.)
  • Working with the IIIF Community & Communications Officer to:
    • Deliver training (especially the more technical aspects)
    • Conduct marketing and outreach
    • Maintain community content
    • Support the IIIF-C Executive Committee, IIIF Coordinating Committee and community groups in defining objectives, strategies, and policies for IIIF; working with the IIIF Community & Communications Officer to facilitate community endeavors of these goals.

Required and Desired Skills & Experience
The ideal candidate:

  • will be self-directed and highly organized;
  • will possess well documented, demonstrated, and effective communication skills including oral, written, and presentation capabilities;
  • will have sufficient and demonstrated technical depth to obtain both a conceptual and detailed understanding of the IIIF specifications and components in interoperable systems;
  • will be facile with current, relevant web technologies and standards for web-based image delivery, and related technologies (search, audio-visual, 3d);
  • will be savvy using GitHub, JSON-LD and linked data;
  • will have demonstrated experience with at least one modern programming language, preferably Python and/or Ruby;
  • will have hands-on experience managing production infrastructure;
  • will have previous, direct experience with information technology in libraries, archives or museums;
  • will be able to work with IIIF community members of all technical abilities;
  • will be comfortable and thrive in an open community; and
  • will be adept in fostering contributions and participation from a growing member and adopter base as well as commercial firms.

Travel required. Location anywhere in North America or Western Europe. Salary dependent upon qualifications; benefits as applicable.
To apply:
send a cover letter and CV to Sheila Rabun, IIIF Communications and Coordination Officer, at srabun@iiif.io. Please direct any questions to srabun@iiif.io.


About CLIR:
CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. CLIR is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. For more information about CLIR, visit our website at www.clir.org.

 

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Virtual: Engagement Manager

11.8.16 – Engagement Manager
Altmetric, UK/US
Sarah P’s comments:  Here is a UK-based company advertising for a US-based person.  Therefore, I would assume you will need the right to work in the US but, if interested, I would write and check as they might accept Canadian applicants as well.
 

DescriptionWe’re looking for a US-based Engagement Manager to join our growing team! You’d be responsible for ensuring publishers, institutions and non-academic customers around the world are supported in using Altmetric tools and applying our data. Working closely with customers to assess training and educational requirements, this role involves running webinars, in-person training sessions and interactive workshops.
Skilled at developing and nurturing client relationships, you’ll be responsible for ongoing engagement and collaboration with our customers post-implementation. You’ll be reporting to the Head of Implementations & Support, and liaising with our sales teams to successfully embed Altmetric tools across all of our clients.
Responsibilities

  • Build relationships with customers post-implementation to provide training, advice and roll-out support, ensuring relevant stakeholders are engaged
  • Run customer training webinars, in-person sessions, workshops and regular refreshers
  • Work closely with the Head of Implementations and Support and sales teams to conduct regular consultative check-in calls with customers, providing advice and support to help embed Altmetric tools across the organisation
  • Create slide decks, multimedia and print training materials and keep up-to-date
  • Develop a thorough understanding of Altmetric products and customer needs
  • Collect and develop customer roll-out plans and identify support gaps
  • Engage with wider scholarly communications community to ensure training and advice remains relevant and useful
  • Work closely with sales teams to develop and nurture existing client relationships
  • Report back to the Product Development Manager on real-life usage scenarios
  • Provide implementation and onboarding support where required
  • Demo or present at conferences where needed 

Key skills

  • Adept at building relationships with stakeholders, understanding customer needs and tailoring approach accordingly
  • Excellent communications skills to engage with customers, the wider scholarly community, and the team
  • Ability to produce and maintain useful training and roll-out materials, ideally with experience using InDesign
  • Confident presenting/demoing to large groups of people
  • A high level of productivity and good prioritisation skills

Experience

  • 3-5 years’ work experience in the scholarly publishing and academic sector or scholarly software
  • Ideally will have worked in an US academic library or a university environment
  • Need to be an excellent communicator using the written and spoken word
  • Passionate about scholarly communication, creativity and building new businesses
  • Efficient and well-organised, but also pragmatic and flexible
  • A “doer” and a team player
  • Ability to demonstrate personal credibility and integrity

About Altmetric

Altmetric LLP is a UK-based data science company dedicated to producing alternative metrics for research outputs ranging from peer-reviewed journal articles to datasets and software. With a global customer base spanning academic institutions, publishers, government agencies, non-profits, research institutes, and corporations, Altmetric is the gold standard in altmetrics data.

If you’d like to apply for this role please email your CV and a covering letter describing your suitability to jobs@altmetric.com.


 
 
 

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Virtual: Program Manager

10.28.16 – Program Manager
LYRASIS, Atlanta, GA, USA
Sarah P’s comments: An interesting position in a fairly new company. Some growing pains but good reviews overall. At it is US-based, I am assuming they are hiring Americans however if you have the qualifications, I would inquire as they might be interested if you can help grow their services overseas.
Glassdoor Reviews
The position is part of a geographically and institutionally distributed team, and, as such, applications from candidates interested in telecommuting are welcome.
Please submit your application to human.resources@lyrasis.org
Position Title: Program Manager Department: CSCSS
Reports to: Director, Collections Services and Community Supported Software
LYRASIS is seeking a dynamic Program Manager for ArchivesSpace, an open-source, archives information management web application designed for managing descriptive information about archives, manuscripts, and digital objects (http://www.archivesspace.org/)
The Program Manager plays a key role working with the community to set the strategy and
goals for ArchivesSpace. The Program Manager is central to the success of the program,
and works closely and collaboratively with the ArchivesSpace community, advisory groups
and Board to ensure success. The Program Manager will be involved in all aspects of the
program, and be a key spokesperson and advocate for the program.
The ArchivesSpace application was first released in September 2013, and it is sustained by
an active member community of over 300 organizations. Community collaboration and
member contributions to all facets of ArchivesSpace—development, code review, migration support, technical and user documentation—are key to the advancement of both the ArchivesSpace application and member community. The Program Manager will lead the community in accomplishing its goals by fulfilling the following responsibilities:
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Provide strategic vision and program leadership
• Work closely with the ArchivesSpace community to articulate a strategic vision for ArchivesSpace, conveying its value and impact.
• Working with the governance board and community input, set vision for the
program and establish the long-term development roadmap.
• Guide the ArchivesSpace community in the achievement of near-term and long-term
strategic goals.
• Seek out and engage in collaborations and partnerships that will leverage resources
and expertise for the advancement of ArchivesSpace
• Lead successful operations and ensure application meets the needs of stakeholders
JOB DESCRIPTION:
• Lead a dynamic and effective core team, augmented by contributors and volunteers
from consulting agencies and/or member institutions.
• Work with stakeholders, committees, and staff to ensure timely implementation of
projects and services.
• Provide regular status reports to the stakeholders.
• Work together with technical lead to oversee key project processes such as
gathering requirements, setting work priorities, coordinating user acceptance
testing, and coordinating efforts to produce documentation
• Work with the community to develop technical specifications and grant proposals.
• Articulate non-technical needs to technical stakeholders; articulates software
functionality to non-technical audiences.
• Manages ArchivesSpace related projects as necessary
Liaise with and guide the ArchivesSpace community
• Helps recruit and cultivate new members and contributors
• Serve as the strategic liaison with advisory councils, service providers, and other
stakeholders.
• Work with governance groups, providing timely information to groups to enable
discussion and decision-making.
• Work with advisory councils, creating and supporting new community groups as
necessary.
• Represent and promote ArchivesSpace to the wider community
• Actively promote ArchivesSpace and the wider cause of archival collections
management to the international community and other key stakeholders.
• Serve as an effective spokesperson for the program through outreach, public
speaking, and advocacy.
• Initiate outreach to institutions, government organizations, sponsors, funding
agencies, and others throughout the world
• Work with Community Outreach Manager to develop effective marketing strategies
and materials.
EXPERIENCE & TRAINING:
Required
• Graduate degree, preferably MLIS/public history with emphasis on archives
administration
• 5 years or more of progressively responsible experience in information management
environment
• Experience in leading and coordinating efforts and building consensus across a
diverse group of perspectives
• Archival domain experience
• Familiarity with archival arrangement and description including archives standards
such as ISAD[G], DACS, EAD, EAC-CPF, MARC, MODS, Dublin Core and METS
• Strong ability to think and act strategically, and demonstrated success at bringing
concepts to realization
• Experience working with technology project teams; ability to communicate
effectively with technical and non-technical staff
• Excellent program management skills and demonstrated success with managing
teams working in disparate locations
• Ability to communicate effectively both in person and virtually using a variety of
media and technologies
• Familiarity with software development processes, particularly agile
• Strong time and project management skills
• Willing to travel to conferences and meetings
Preferred
• Experience in open source and community supported software
• Knowledge of and experience with archival management systems such as
ArchivesSpace, Archivists’ Toolkit, or Archon

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Job: Online Librarian

9/21/16 –  Online Librarian
American Public University System (APUS), USA
Sarah P’s comments:  APU was founded in 1991 to offer online degrees to the US Armed Forces.  The reviews from students and faculty are generally positive and they seem to be a growing organization. In the past two APUS has posted five different positions so it seem this model is working for them and could give someone a steady income while allowing some freedom to travel as long as you have a good internet connection.  It did not say whether the position requires US citizenship.
GlassDoor Reviews from APU Faculty
RipoffReports for APU

Description• Reports To: Associate Dean, Online Librarians
• Department: Library and Instructional Design
• Office Location: Charles Town, WV
• FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
• Date Posted: September 21, 2016
• Date Closing: Open Until Filled
Synopsis of Role:
The Online Librarian works on a part-time, telecommuting basis and maintains faculty status. This position works in tandem with other librarians along with a departmental team of e-course material staff, copyright/508 auditors, and ePress specialists under the overall direction of the associate dean of online librarians, associate vice president of library operations and associate provost of academic affairs.  The online librarian has developed Web skills and specific subject credentials in support of the University’s academic programs. This position focuses on Web-based collection development and the selection of electronic course materials, including the creation of online program and subject portals in active partnerships with academic deans, program directors, faculty, and instructional developers. In addition, the online librarian collaborates in providing virtual reference services for students, including taking the lead for a select database, e-book program, or tutorial services.
Essential Functions:
• Works in classrooms as adjunct support.
• Develops a Web-based collection and electronic course material selection in support of the following programs:  information technology, information technology management, information systems security, and cybersecurity.
• Provides general reference service for American Public University System (APUS) faculty, students, and staff.
• Works collaboratively with academic deans, program chairs, faculty, and instructional developers.
• Specializes in one or more of the library’s contracted database, e-book, or student tutorial programs.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
• This position will primarily telecommute; therefore, a high-speed Internet connection with the ability to access American Public University System (APUS) VPN and the current campus-teaching platform and online library site is required. Desk space is available at the Charles Town, WV facilities.
• Must be flexible to work weekends and evenings as directed by the supervisor.
• Travel to one annual meeting and online training sessions required.
• Collegial team environment that stresses cooperative endeavors and encourages exploration.
• Requires a working telephone.
 
Required Skills:
• Professional library/archival skills with an emphasis on electronic formats.
• Ability to interact with students and faculty in a professional and timely manner through electronic media.
• Mastery of online searching and site construction in keeping with the products licensed by the online library.
• Facility with current online searching methods and emerging Web-based applications.
• Working knowledge of educational resources on the deep and open Web.
• Proactive, diplomatic support of the University’s programs.
• Ability to take initiative and work requiring minimum supervision.
• Portal construction skills working with HTML-based content management systems.
Required Experience:
• Master’s degree in Library and Information Science required; other advanced degrees in subject specialties taught at APUS preferred.
• Advanced coursework in APUS related programs, including APUS classes is preferred.
• Academic or special library experience in information technology or IT related field required.
• Online information services experience desired.
• Familiarity with office automation packages and knowledge of the changing web software landscape is preferred.


 

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Job: Virtual Contract Cataloguers

2.26.16 –  Virtual Contract Cataloguers
Backstage Library Works, Provo, Utah, USA
Sarah P’s comments: Here’s a short-term project from the ever-developing world of virtual opportunities. This company has been around for over 20 years.  Here are the Glassdoor reviews.
 

Currently seeking professional catalogers with language expertise in Western European languages for a law cataloging project. The work can be done from home and requires internet access. Knowledge of RDA cataloging rules and experience using OCLC’s Connexion a must. Preference given to those with experience cataloging legal materials.
 
Requirements:
Ability to work productively and intelligently with minimal supervision
Attentiveness to detail
Strong organizational skills
Familiarity with OCLC’s Connexion Client
General familiarity with library data standards, including RDA, ISBD, MARC21, LC and Dewey Classification, and LCSH
Foreign language ability: We’re particularly interested in Western European languages.


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Job: Online Librarian

10/27/15 — Online Librarian
American Public University System (APUS), USA
Sarah P’s comments: Last year APUS posted three remote positions, in January of this year advertised for a Library Director, and in May for a part-time online librarian. It would seem this model is working for them and could give someone a steady income while allowing some freedom to travel as long as you have a good internet connection.  It did not say whether the position requires US citizenship.
Glassdoor Reviews
 

Status: Part-time
Posted: 10/23/15
Deadline:
Online Librarian
  • Reports To: Director, Online Librarians
  • Department: Library and Instructional Design
  • Office Location: Charles Town, WV
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Date Posted: October 23, 2015
  • Date Closing: Open Until Filled

Synopsis of Role:
The Online Librarian works on a part-time, telecommuting basis and maintains faculty status. This position works in tandem with other librarians along with a departmental team of e-course material staff, copyright/508 auditors, and ePress specialists under the overall direction of the director of online librarians and department vice president and assistant provost, library and instructional resources. The online librarian has developed their Web skills and specific subject credentials in support of the University’s academic programs. This position focuses on Web-based collection development and the selection of electronic course materials, including the creation of online program and subject portals in active partnerships with academic deans, program directors, faculty, and instructional developers. In addition, the online librarian collaborates in providing virtual reference services for students, including taking the lead for a select database, e-book program, or tutorial services.
Essential Functions:

  • Works in classrooms as adjunct support.
  • Develops a Web-based collection and electronic course material selection in one or more of the University’s academic programs.
  • Provides general reference service for American Public University System (APUS) faculty, students, and staff.
  • Works collaboratively with academic deans, program chairs, faculty, and instructional developers.
  • Specializes in one or more of the library’s contracted database, e-book, or student tutorial programs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Must be available to work from a remote, home office location, but desk space is available at the Charles Town, WV facilities.
  • Must be flexible to work weekends and evenings as directed by the supervisor.
  • Travel to one annual meeting and online training sessions.
  • Collegial team environment that stresses cooperative endeavors and encourages exploration.
  • Requires a working telephone along with Internet access that is sufficient to address the current campus-teaching platform and online library site.

Required Skills:

  • Professional library/archival skills with an emphasis on electronic formats.
  • Ability to interact with students and faculty in a professional and timely manner through electronic media.
  • Mastery of online searching and site construction in keeping with the products licensed by the online library.
  • Facility with current online searching methods and emerging Web-based applications.
  • Working knowledge of educational resources on the deep and open Web.
  • Proactive, diplomatic support of the University’s programs.
  • Ability to take initiative and work requiring minimum supervision.
  • Portal construction skills working with HTML-based content management systems.

Required Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science required; other advanced degrees in subject specialties taught at APUS preferred.
  • Advanced coursework in APUS related programs, including APUS classes is preferred.
  • Academic or special library experience and experience in one or more of the University’s program areas are preferred.
  • Online information services experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with office automation packages and knowledge of the changing web software landscape is preferred.

 
 
 
 

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Job: Manager of Reference

7/5/15 –  Manager of Reference
Walden University, USA (remote/online position)
Sarah P’s comments:  Walden is an established online university with “more than 47,800 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees”.  As such this is an interesting opportunity to work independently while establishing an international aspect to your career.  It is also a chance for non-US librarians to work for a US university.  The cons are that the reviews on Glassdoor are mixed.  Read them carefully to see if you could be a good fit with this organization.

The Manager of Reference Services reports to the Director of Library Services and is responsible for developing and implementing policies, procedures, and training for the Walden Library Reference service and Quick Answers service. This position works closely with the Director of Library Services and the Library management team to align the reference services mission strategies and goals with those of the Center for Student Success and the University.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develops and maintains the mission, goals, and governing documents for reference service and staff.
  • Develops and administers policies, procedures, requirements, and training for the library’s reference service and staff.
  • Develops and administer policies, procedures, requirements, and training for the library’s Quick Answer service.
  • With the Manager for Assessment and Strategic Planning, collects, analyzes, and reports reference and Quick Answer service statistics to stakeholders.
  • With the Manager for Assessment and Strategic Planning, sets metrics for quality and success of reference and Quick Answers services, and tracks and reports success over time
  • Trials, selects, evaluates, pilots the use of new and emerging technologies to deliver reference services.
  • Contributes to the library’s strategic planning processes.
  • Collaborates with the Information Literacy Manager to integrate instructional best practices into the reference service.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborates with the Library management team on policies, procedures, and requirements that impact the reference and Quick Answer service and staff.
  • Collaborates with the Center for Student Success staff on policies, procedures, and requirements that impact the reference and Quick Answer service.
  • Engages in library and Center for Student Success governance by actively participating on groups, committees, and functional teams.
  • Engages in library instructional programs such as residencies and webinars.
  • Engages in professional development activities to remain up-to-date on professional developments through participation in professional organizations, system meetings, workshops, and continuing education opportunities.
  • May be required to work nights or weekends to cover reference shifts for those on vacation or as needed.

MANAGEMENT/SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Direct the work of those librarians providing reference services.
Serves as member of the Library management team.
POSITION IN ORGANIZATION
REPORTS TO: Director of the Library
POSITIONS SUPERVISED: Reference librarians
TECHNICAL, MANAGERIAL, and PEOPLE SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Knowledge of the Business
  • Management Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Problem-Solving / Critical Thinking
  • Communication Skills

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • Master of Library Science/Master of Library Information Science
  • Commitment to advocating for the learning and development needs of students earning their degrees in a distance learning environment.
  • At least one year demonstrated successful experience managing reference services in an academic library preferred.
  • 3 years’ experience providing reference services in an academic setting preferred.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, team participation, team building, and human relation skills.
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds in a collaborative manner
  • Ability to creatively solve problems.
  • Ability to write effectively in both business and academic styles.
  • Experience with distance learning preferred.
  • Some travel required.

Application Information

Contact: Walden University
Online App. Form: http://www.aplitrak.com/?adid=a2VsbHkuY29sZW1hbi4xNDIzNi40OTEwQGxhdXJlYXRlL mFwbGl0cmFrLmNvbQ

 

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