UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY SYSTEM
Electronic Text Librarian
The University Library System is seeking an Electronic Text Librarian.
The University Library System is an AA/EOE aggressively committed to
increasing diversity in our workplace and strongly encourages
applications from candidates who can contribute in this area.
The Electronic Text Librarian is a faculty librarian position reporting
to the Assistant Director for Automated and Technical Services. The
responsibilities of this position encompass a broad range of activities
related to the development and implementation of electronic text and
digital document services at the University of Pittsburgh. The
incumbent is also expected to participate in planning and problem
solving related to technological applications within Automated and
Technical Services. Participates in digital technology related research
and development efforts.
Leads the planning, development, and implementation of electronic text
services for the University Library System including serving as chair of
the Electronic Text Project Team during the research and development
Guides the Project Team and staff with ongoing responsibilities related
to electronic text services in the creation of specific electronic
editions and their access over the network.
Maintains expertise in the Standard Generalized Markup Language, the
Text Encoding Initiative, and SGML text markup software and trains
library staff in their use.
Writes software programs as necessary.
Establishes and maintains expertise in World Wide Web server software,
the Hypertext Markup Language, WWW client software, and writing scripts
for serving information through the Hypertext Transfer Protocol/Common
Conducts analysis and specifies software and hardware systems to support
electronic text and digital document creation, processing, and network
Installs, configures, and is the system administrator for the server
dedicated to text-serving over the network.
Installs, configures and maintains software to support network
Participates in proposal writing and development activities to support
electronic text services and other information technology initiatives.
Works to develop new and creative library services and products based in
electronic text and digital document technologies.
Serves on the Library Information Technology Team and Network Resources
Committee to establish policies and procedures for the collection,
organization, and access to electronic texts and digital documents.
Works in cooperation with other University units involved with networked
information services and/or electronic and digital text creation or
services including Computing and Information Services (CIS) and the
School of Library and Information Science (SLIS).
Develops and maintains knowledge of the general and current
state-of-the-art in technologies related to the creation of and access
to electronic tests, scanning and optical character recognition and
related methods of digital preservation. Understands the comparisons
and issues of bibliographic control and their relationships to
electronic text markup and encoding.
Participates in and contributes to professional organizations and
Performs related duties as assigned or needed.
As a faculty member in the University Library System, the incumbent
participates in shared collegial decision making and planning, and is
expected to: participate actively in committees and special ad hoc
projects; establish and maintain communication with faculty and patrons
in other areas of the University, serve the need for information and
access to information resources, and to make contributions to the
library profession in general and engage in professional development
Required: ALA-accredited MLS, MSIS, or recognized equivalent. Minimum
of three years relevant library experience. Experience with electronic
text serving systems and World Wide Web serving software, online
integrated library systems, wide-area or campus networks, the Internet,
and electronic resource sharing. Preferred: Demonstrated training,
presentation, and documentation skills. Demonstrated project management
experience. Thorough knowledge of SGML, related text structuring
standards and markup languages; experience in applying the Text Encoding
Initiative DTD. Knowledge of MARC bibliographic coding and demonstrated
experience and interest in the field of cataloging and the organization
of networked information. Experience with OCR systems, optical scanning
and related technologies, in a library-applications environment.
Experience with maintaining systems in a Novell Netware, LANWorkplace,
and TCP/IP environment. Working knowledge of two foreign languages.
Record of professional involvement and publications in the field of
Salary: $28,000 minimum, commensurate with qualifications and
To apply, submit letter of application, current resume and the
names/addresses/phone numbers of three references to: William Gentz,
Personnel Librarian, 271 Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh,
Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Applications received by March 31, 1995 will
receive primary consideration.