Digital Project Manager at New Mexico State

My wife found a Digital Projects Librarian posting at New Mexico State University during her  regular perusal of

  Required Qualifications-
• MLS from and ALA-accredited program or equivalent.
• Proven experience in managing digital collections and digitization activities, such as digital scanning, image editing, and/or managing format conversion.
• Demonstrated technical experience with current digitization technologies, standards, platforms, and products.
• Evidence of successful project management and the ability to organize, prioritize work, and manage time.
• Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective working relationships with diverse colleagues, faculty, and students.
• Strong writing and oral communication skills.

• Working knowledge of metadata standards.
• Knowledge of emerging trends in digital technologies and the ability to effectively use current technologies, acquire new technological skills, and resolve problems in a resourceful and timely manner.
• Knowledge of copyright/fair use, intellectual property and privacy laws as they relate to print and digital materials.
• Ability to work with the Library Development Officer and the Library Grant Officer on fundraising activities.”

The posting is great because it really gets at the heart of what I was thinking during my readings.  Just as Tzoc found, this position requires the ability to “manage digital collections” and also the ability to digitize, or “digital conversion.”  However, these digital positions are always part of teams (like every library position I can think of!) and it is just as important to consider the interpersonal skills required for each.  At New Mexico State University, three out of the six requirements are not technical skills at all, but traditional management and interpersonal skills, and further, two of the four desired skills are interpersonal and/or traditional.  The job description goes on to emphasis teamwork and working in conjunction with others.

I certainly understand the point of the studies in looking at the technical skills required.  For LIS programs looking to improve marketability, these are the skillsets that must be included in the curriculum.  But by the same token, we aren’t really getting an accurate reading, from my understanding, of what these jobs actually entail when we consider only the technical side of things, which in this case is only 50% of essential skills.

I bring it up as a way of comforting myself, more than anything.  In other words, perhaps the solution to worrying about whether I know everything there is to know about this emerging and expanding field is to remember that learning quickly and working well in groups are just as desirable qualities.  This sentiment has been shared by others in their readings and in their comments, as all the specifics of any organization are going to be unique and individualized.


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