Two years ago, I wrote a post on "Changes in DLS." And while I did subsequently note the addition of two para-professional staff in the meantime, I have neglected to note a larger organizational change that took place last September, when DLS changed reporting lines from Associate University Librarian for Organizational Development, Gail Oltmanns, to Associate University Librarian for Networked Information Resource, Jeff Huestis. Before moving on to the most recent changes in DLS, I need to thank Gail for her five years of encouragement, support and leadership for DLS. While it was certainly unusual for a digital center to fall under organizational development as a reporting line, there were many factors that made it the very best place for DLS to begin and develop, not the least of which being the opportunity to work for Gail, from whom we have all learned so much.
AUL Jeff Huestis has certainly had a tough act to follow in Gail, but has brought a new dimension of technological expertise and insight, and institutional knowledge to guiding DLS, and above all, graciousness in the transition.
In more recent DLS news, we said goodbye to two of our DLS colleagues earlier this summer. This past July, Digital Access & Copyright Librarian, Erika Cohn, left for St. Louis University Law School Library, where she is Assistant Professor of Legal Research. We were fortunate to have Erika for a few years, during which she made significant contributions, most notably to the IMLS-funded St. Louis Freedom Suits/Legal Encoding Project. A month prior, our DLS colleague of several years, Tim Lepzcyk, left St. Louis for Hendrix College to become a Fellow in Digital Humanities and Pedagogy there, and we certainly wish him the best in his new position as well.
The position vacated had already undergone revisions to reflect a greater focus on repositories and scholarly communications content. This has culminated in the announcement this week of the new position of Digital Publishing & Preservation Librarian. Applications for the position (24326) are now being accepted at the Washington University in St. Louis Job Opportunities site, and the summary description is provided below. This is an exciting position at an exciting time for the Washington University Libraries, recently under new management!
POSITION SUMMARY: The Digital Publishing & Preservation Librarian is responsible for the management of archival and access digital assets for the campus-wide digital repository based in the Washington University Libraries. The successful candidate will bring both a broad knowledge of relevant metadata standards, digital repository and publishing platforms and programming to build on the technical and intellectual infrastructure in place in the Washington University Libraries.
Primary content for the access repository represents targeted services to our users and stakeholders that meet demonstrated needs: electronic theses and dissertations, undergraduate honors theses, open-access scholarly contributions from Washington University faculty, and scientific data sets; archival digital assets from select digital projects across campus and those created within the University Libraries. Support for original publication of locally created online journals, conference proceedings and similar content is an emerging priority.
Reporting to the Director of the Digital Library, the Digital Publishing & Preservation Librarian works in the team environment of the Digital Library Services, serving as a metadata resource for the unit and library and contributing to digital projects as needed.