Digital Scholarship Librarian at College of William & Mary- Williamsburg, VA

William & Mary is one of America’s oldest and best universities. Located in beautiful, historic Williamsburg, Virginia, the university claims both Jon Stewart and Thomas Jefferson as alumni. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked us sixth among all public universities, and the Library itself was ranked 17th on the list of best college libraries in the country. Working at William and Mary Libraries offers the opportunity to make a positive impact in the educational experience of our small, smart, diverse student body and the chance to experiment with new technologies and projects.

The Libraries provide support for training and opportunities for campus wide engagement. We are committed to enhancing and promoting diversity and inclusion, and we welcome applications from individuals who have life experiences similar to those of underrepresented populations of the University.

The College is committed to offering its employees an attractive program of benefits that fosters well-being, acknowledges the need for balance in the work, family and personal lives of employees which, in turn, enables and sustains a productive workplace. To view benefits available, please go to

Living in Williamsburg offers residents multiple opportunities to explore and experience U.S. American history, to visit riverfront beaches and restaurants, to play at major tourist attractions, and to invest time in personal pursuits, such as music, art, museums, shopping, food and wine/beer, hiking/bicycling, nature, sports and water sports, festivals and more.  Williamsburg feels like a small college and tourist town, but offers a wide range of restaurants and shopping opportunities, and is close enough to larger cities such as Richmond and Virginia Beach that a world of exploring can happen within an hour radius.

The Digital Scholarship Librarian promotes the institutional repository in the spirit of open access and enables the institution to capture the scholarly and creative academic output of our campus community. This position provides expertise and leadership on the library’s goals, objectives, and projects for educating the campus community about academic publishing, open access initiatives, intellectual and copyright issues and connections between information literacy and scholarly communication. Reporting to the Head of Digital Services, and in tandem with the equivalent librarian at the Virginia Institute for Marine Science, the position will work collaboratively with Digital Services and the Digital Services Advisory Group in developing a successful institutional repository strategy. This Digital Scholarship Librarian will be embedded in the Research Department and work collaboratively with subject liaisons to develop outreach initiatives for targeted projects and academic departments.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develops strong relationships with library liaisons, faculty and academic departments to build WM Publish content, developing services in support of research, teaching and learning.
  • Leads and develops education and outreach programs to provide information and current awareness related to scholarly communication, copyright, open access and author rights to the campus community.
  • Day-to-day management of the Institutional Repository including establish and manage content submission operations and manage digital collections, , train library IR support staff and work with Content Services and VIMS on IR projects such as, retrospective digitization theses & dissertations.
  • Collaborates and cooperates to develop a vision, goals and objectives regarding the direction and infrastructure of digital services; specifically as it relates to the IR, and scholarly communication.
  • Develops metrics, collects and analyzes data. Prepares and presents clear & relevant reports and presentations that documents the IR usage development and outcomes of scholarly communication efforts and WM Publish.



  • Master’s degree in Library Science, Information Science, or related discipline from an ALA accredited program.
  • Strong commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with the proven ability to develop and foster communication and teamwork.
  • Knowledge of project management principles and proven skills to oversee and coordinate multiple projects.
  • Understanding and commitment to issues related to copyright, public access, scholarly communications, intellectual property and academic publishing.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with institutional repositories, including content development, policies, service models, and securing appropriate content.
  • Knowledge of digital collection architecture and platforms, such as Digital Commons by BePress, DSpace, CONTENTdm, and/or other repository tools
  • Experience with learning, using and applying appropriate technologies in a library setting.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to analyze data, prepare reports and presentations.
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and creativity.

The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

The College of William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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