University of Southern California
Dance Preservation and Digitization Project Librarian
Dance Preservation and Digitization Project LibrarianApplyLibrary ITLos Angeles, California
The University of Southern California (USC) Libraries seek an innovative, service-oriented librarian to be key part of a project team to provide a permanent home to the Dance Heritage Coalition’s (DHC) Dance Preservation and Digitization Project (DPDP). This is a 2.5-year grant-funded position. In coordination with USC’s Office of the General Counsel, the DPDP project librarian will clear and document all rights for DPDP content, including subsidiary rights; communicate with contributing organizations to gather additional documentation of subsidiary rights; assist with planning and visioning activities for the DPDP; engage donors of materials and institutions that presently access the resource following USC Libraries protocols; and assist with metadata creation and provide training to DHC members. During the final phase of the project, the DPDP project librarian will assist with project logistics at each of the contributing archives and clearing rights for new videos selected for the project.
The successful candidate will have the initiative and commitment to develop transformative research services and disciplinary outreach geared toward current and emerging research and pedagogical needs of the Kaufman School of Dance, and in support of the USC Libraries vision, mission, values, and initiatives.
We seek candidates motivated by a passion to develop transformative library services and invested in the future of librarianship. The successful candidate is expected to be creative in identifying and solving problems within a collegial and collaborative environment. The successful candidate must be knowledgeable of current relevant library and scholarly information trends and practices, and be able to apply this understanding to make a significant, positive impact on the USC community. Duties include weekend and evening hours.
THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
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RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
Reporting to the Director, Digital Library, the Dance Preservation and Digitization Project Librarian will:
Secure the electronic rights to 1,219 digital videos transferred to USC at the outset of the project and 800 hours of additional videos digitized by the completion of the project
Communicate with copyright holders to secure and document these rights, including subsidiary rights that have been documented by donor institutions (e.g. dance companies) for music, sets, costumes, etc. for each performance. The process for clearances must be methodically undertaken in coordination with USC’s Office of the General Counsel and result in uniform, organized work products
Document and organize clearances for review by the project team and personnel in the USC’s Office of the General Counsel; report progress and identify issues as they appear
Ensure that project milestones are met for rights clearance and documentation
Work with Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) members and Dance/USA to assist with project planning and coordination with donor organizations and DHC member archives on the identification of materials for future projects and the completion of a digitization project focused on L.A. dance heritage
Assist with the following processes: transfer donor organizations’ video content and metadata to the USC Digital Library (DL); load archival versions of each file into the Digital Repository (DR); and provide existing rights documentation
Work with the Director, Digital Library to serve as a rights resource for stakeholders at the USC Libraries as well as DHC, Dance/USA, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance (Kaufman), and individual DHC member groups and individual dance companies
Identify and assist with additional opportunities to expand or enhance the DPDP collection (e.g. via additional at-risk media recordings of dance performances, projects to improve the functionality or expand the applications for the digital collection, etc.)
Assist with planning and visioning activities with the DHC board, Dance/USA, DHC members, Kaufman, and the USC Libraries
Engage donors of materials and institutions that presently access the resource and assist the Metadata Librarian with gathering metadata and providing resources and training to donors
Engage in professional and/or discipline organizations, research, or publishing that will have a significant, positive impact on the USC Libraries strategic plan, and advance the University’s strategic plan and vision
Provide evening and weekend services
Other duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum qualifications:MLS from an ALA-accredited program or non-U.S. equivalent is typically required for a librarian appointment at USC. In addition, candidates must provide examples of:
Experience identifying potential rights holders, negotiating, and securing rights
Experience providing metadata
Experience using digital library/digital asset management systems
Experience successfully working in a collaborative/team environment
Successful track record managing projects while managing multiple priorities and meeting deadlines
Knowledge of current professional trends in librarianship, especially those relating to digital librarianship, intellectual property, reference, instructional services and collection development to a diverse population on and off-campus
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Experience in curriculum development and instruction/training
Experience working with time-based media and video assets
Experience working in a library or cultural institution with materials related to the performing arts
Knowledge of dance and/or history of dance
Familiarity with dance companies, studios, etc.
Rank: Contract Librarian
This position is a fixed-term, full-time, non-continuing appointment on a 2.5-year contract, renewable annually. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Benefits include a choice of retirement programs, 22 paid vacation days per year, university holidays, a choice of medical and dental plans, and tuition assistance (for employees and eligible dependents). For more information about benefits see:benefits.usc.edu
As part of the application, candidates must upload one document file (Word or PDF) that contains the following: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae (including telephone and e-mail address), and 3) a list of at least three references that includes the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address for each referee.
Closing date for applications: Open until filled
For more information about this position, contact Deb Holmes-Wong, Chair of the Search Committee, at email@example.com.
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REQ20059476 Posted Date: 05/11/2018
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