Digital Resources Technology

With so many of a library’s resources in digital format, there is a host of new skills and knowledge involved in creating or selecting, organizing, managing and providing access to these digital resources. It’s an interdepartmental effort within the library, crossing divisions between cataloging, preservation, systems and technology.

Last updated: March 31, 2015

Competency:  Selects, organizes and maintains the library's collection of digital resources

Associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Establishes standards and best practies to assure effective organization, access, preservation and delivery of digital content
  • Understands and applies appropriate metadata schemas (descriptive, administrative, technical, rights, etc.) and the standards for expressing and storing these data
  • Demonstrates knowlege of multimedia file formats, of tools and processes available for digital file format conversion, and the relative support afforded these formats through Web browsers on various platforms
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of best practices, industry standards and services for digitizing various media (text, image, audio, video)
  • Defines and implements policies related to digital holdings, including collection, digital preservation, rights management, emergency plans, etc.
  • Works collaboratively with enterprise systems, Web services, e-resource management and interface services personnel

 

Competency:  Maintains the technology required for the library’s collection of digital resources

Associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Defines, selects and manages a digital asset management infrastructure that supports access to the digital content
  • Establishes standards and best practices to assure effective retrieval of digital content
  • Understands and applies appropriate metadata schemas (descriptive, administrative, technical, rights, etc.) and the standards for expressing and storing these data
  • Demonstrates knowledge of multimedia file formats and of tools and processes available for digital file format conversion
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of best practices for digitizing various media (text, image, audio, video)
  • Defines and implements policies related to digital holdings, including collection, digital preservation, rights management, emergency plans, etc.
  • Works collaboratively with enterprise systems, web services, e-resource management and interface services personnel
  • Takes into account the impact of technology decisions on users, when serving a public with wide range of technology skills and familiarity with technology.

Competencies:  Demonstrates working knowledge of programming languages applicable to digital resources

Associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrates working knowledge of XML, XSLT, XML Schema
  • Deploys XML-based Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)  in integrating systems and services
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of web-based publishing tools and coding (see also: Web Design & Development competencies)
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of Unix, relational database systems, METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard) and OAI (Open Archives Initiatives)
  • Performs system monitoring, testing and debugging.
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of Semantic Web concepts (e.g. Linked Data)
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of at least one utility scripting language for processing textual data and managing system resources (e.g. Bash scripts, python, ruby or PERL)

 

Competency:  Develops and manages interface services to provide integrated access to the library’s resources

Associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Pursues the integration of discovery and delivery interface systems with the ILS and other sources of bibliographic metadata and digital resources
  • Evaluates and implements federated search tools for streamlined access to library resources
  • Understands the principles of usability and the protocols for user testing; develops and maintains a robust practice of user testing on all interfaces, including mobile technologies and platforms (laptops, tablets, phones and other emerging technologies)
  • Pursues the integration of library resources other systems in use in the information space, including institutional websites, course management systems or geographic/geospatial information systems
  • Experiments with new tools for the delivery of library resources and services to users regardless of location and preferred platform
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of SEO (search engine optimization) best practices
  • Defines and implements policies for resource delivery, authentication and identity management, working collaboratively within the organization and its partnerships

 

Competency:  Pursues efforts to sustain and improve the digital resource systems and services

Associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Prepares the budget for support of digital resource technologies in alignment with the library’s overall budget
  • Generates objective data for the evaluation of and ongoing redesign of user interfaces
  • Investigates, evaluates and keeps abreast of new developments in digital library systems and services (repository software, metadata management, harvesting protocols, hosted services, etc.)
  • Understand the process of improving the visibility of a library's resources through search engine optimization
  • Investigates and evaluates new developments in discovery interface systems in alignment with user behavior and expectations.

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