[OAI-general] OAI related position open at UIUC

Sarah L. Shreeves sshreeve@uiuc.edu
Tue, 23 Sep 2003 15:20:44 -0500

I wanted to pass along the following job posting for anyone who might be 
interested... you can also see the position description at: 

Sarah Shreeves

Position Announcement:

Visiting Project Coordinator and Visiting Assistant Professor of Library 
University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available:

As soon as possible, after closing date of search. A full-time, temporary 
Visiting Faculty position supported by grant funding from the Committee on 
Institutional Cooperation (CIC). Appointment will end May 15, 2006.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This project will be a collaborative effort involving ten CIC member 
libraries. As part of this collaboration, the University of Illinois 
Library at Urbana-Champaign will host an experimental, CIC-wide metadata 
harvesting service based on the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for 
Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Participating member libraries will make 
metadata available for harvesting and will collectively collaborate on 
testing and assessing the utility and benefit of the service. Focus of the 
University of Illinois Library effort will be on implementing harvesting 
service and a portal for searching aggregated metadata, examining metadata 
authoring practices across the consortium and suggesting best practices for 
metadata authoring in this context, researching features of OAI-PMH of 
special interest in context of academic research library consortiums like 
CIC, and helping to assess potential of OAI-PMH to help CIC member 
libraries share information resources more effectively and efficiently in 
the long term. CIC Digital Library Initiatives Overview Committee 
(CIC-DLIOC) will stay in close touch with project progress, offering 
advice, feedback and suggested direction along the way. (CIC Library 
Directors may designate additional advisory groups to assist in management 
of this project.)

Responsibilities of the position will include (but not be limited to): 1) 
Working with project principal investigator (PI) and research programmer 
(part-time) to extend and develop Library's suite of OAI provider, OAI 
harvesting, and index building applications; 2) Identifying, contacting, 
and establishing metadata harvesting / metadata brokering arrangements and 
technical relationships with participating CIC libraries; 3) Working with 
project PI and research programmer to design, implement, develop, and test 
basic metadata portal(s) and search service(s); 4) Assisting with research 
into issues relating to advanced harvesting and indexing service design, 
portal and search interface system features, and service usability; 5) 
Coordinating interactions with the CIC-DLIOC (and others as appropriate); 
6) Documenting OAI harvesting and search services developed during the 
course of the project (including co-authoring journal articles and 
conference papers); and 7) insuring potential long-term sustainability of 
project services and technologies through reliance on community standards 
and best practices. Incumbent will help draft project interim and final 
reports to CIC and participating libraries.


The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the 
preeminent research collections in the nation and the world. With more than 
10 million volumes and a total of 21 million items, it ranks third among 
academic libraries in the United States and first among public university 
libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the 
Library is committed to maintaining the strongest collections and services 
possible and engaging in research and development activities---both of 
which support the University's mission of teaching, research, and public 
service. The Library currently employs approximately 100 faculty and 300 
staff members. For more detailed information, please visit 
http://www.library.uiuc.edu. The Library consists of more than 40 
departmental libraries that are located throughout campus and 
administratively organized into eight divisions.

Founded in 1958, the CIC is the academic consortium of twelve research 
universities including the eleven members of the Big Ten Athletic 
Conference and the University of Chicago. Together, CIC member universities 
confer nearly 15% of the Ph.D. degrees awarded in the United States 
annually, employ more that 33,000 faculty and enroll nearly one-half 
million students. CIC member institutions include the Universities of 
Chicago, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin-Madison, as 
well as Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Pennsylvania 
State, and Purdue Universities. For more information about the CIC, visit 
their web site at http://www.cic.uiuc.edu.


Required: Master's Degree (or higher)from an accredited institution in 
Library and Information Science, Computer Science, Museum Studies, or a 
related field relevant to the project; knowledge of and experience using 
library online catalogs or other bibliographic index applications, word 
processing software, HTML or XML authoring software, Web browser software, 
and E-mail software; conceptual knowledge of and familiarity with library 
automated systems and/or digital library systems and applications; 
knowledge of and/or experience using metadata in a library setting, 
including one or more of the following standards MARC, EAD, TEI, Dublin 
Core, RDF, FGDC; strong public service ethic and ability to work 
collaboratively with others spread out across multiple locations; and 
excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred: Work experience in library or museum setting; first-hand 
familiarity and experience with library or museum collections; experience 
with current PC technologies, including Linux and/or Microsoft Windows 
operating systems and Web Server technologies; knowledge of and/or 
experience using database software, XML tools, and XSLT; experience with 
focus group evaluations, end-user usability testing, or other recognized 
methodology for assessing usefulness and benefit of library applications 
and/or services; prior experience working on or coordinating research 
projects of this type and scope.


Salary is competitive and is commensurate with experience and credentials.

Terms of Appointment:

Twelve month appointment; 24 work days vacation per year, 11 paid holidays, 
12 days annual sick leave (cumulative) plus an additional 13 days 
(non-cumulative) per year if necessary; health insurance, requiring a small 
co-payment, is provided to employees (coverage for dependents may be 
purchased); participation in the State Universities Retirement System, 
which includes several private options; newly hired university employees 
are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security, and are subject to 
its deduction.

Campus and Community:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major 
public land-grant university (Research Level 1) that is ranked among the 
best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and 
graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical 
and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the 
nation. It employs 2,000 faculty members who serve 26,000 undergraduates 
and 10,000 graduate and professional students, approximately 25% of faculty 
receive campuswide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More 
information about the campus is available at http://www.uiuc.edu.

The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which 
have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles 
south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 miles northeast 
of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a 
cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major 
research institution. More information about the community can be found at 
http://www.cucvb.org/, http://www.uiuc.edu/misc/campus.html, or 


Send letter of application and complete resume with names, addresses, 
telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses (where available) of three 
references to: Cindy Kelly, Head, Library Human Resources, University of 
Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign, 1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 
61801. E-mail mokelly@uiuc.edu. Electronic applications are acceptable 
initially, but must be followed by a hard copy with signature. Phone (217) 


In order to ensure maximum consideration, applications and nominations 
should be received by October 10, 2003.


Sarah L. Shreeves
Visiting Project Coordinator, IMLS Digital Collections and Content
University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign
Phone: 217-244-7809
Fax: 217-244-7764
Email: sshreeve@uiuc.edu
Web: http://imlsdcc.grainger.uiuc.edu