Digital Projects Librarian

Company Name & Location: 

South Carolina State Library - Columbia, SC.

Columbia, South Carolina: 

Columbia combines all the graces of the rich past with the vibrance of the emerging Sun Belt. It's the state capital and home to a major university. One of America's outstanding zoos, Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens, is just minutes from the state capital. The State Museum also tells the colorful history of South Carolina. If you like water sports, Lake Murray is a 50,000-acre playground less than 15 minutes from the heart of the city.

The South Carolina State Library: 

The South Carolina State Library is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state's libraries. SCSL bears responsibility for public library development, service for the blind and physically handicapped, and library service to state government agencies. The Agency is a locus for collaborative library endeavors of all kinds and works closely with the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science. Headquartered in downtown Columbia, SCSL is well-supported with state and federal funds. We serve the people of South Carolina by supporting state government and libraries to provide opportunities for learning in a changing environment. The State Library succeeds because of the people we employ:  Passionate professionals who believe South Carolina library users deserve first-rate resources, services, and support. We are seeking talented, enthusiastic individuals who wish to join us in making a contribution to the development of great public libraries. The South Carolina State Library is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Position Overview: 

The Digital Projects Librarian at the South Carolina State Library is responsible for providing leadership and coordination of non-MARC metadata in support of the State Library's digital content, including external digital projects, digitized historical content, and born-digital state documents.   This position serves as the primary liaison for the South Carolina Digital Library, coordinating with both SCDL staff and external partners on digital collection development and management workflows.  

Compensation & Benefits: 
  • Starting salary range $33,494 - $45,000 depending on experience.
  • Benefits Include: vacation (15 days per year); sick leave (15 days per year); holidays (13 days per year), standard benefits package and South Carolina State Retirement System. 

Essential Duties of the Position: 

The Digital Projects Librarian will conduct a range of tasks with responsibilities which may include:

Acquires online state documents through Archive-It software and edits file names with file-naming convention.

Creates Dublin Core metadata for library collection materials, including state documents, South Carolina special collections, and partner project materials.

Support the implementation of policies regarding the creation, storage, preservation, organization, description, and access to digital materials.

Serves as the primary liaison for the South Carolina Digital Library, coordinating with both SCDL staff and external partners to manage ingest of digital collections.

Trains staff and student interns engaged in related work. Monitors workflows and deadlines.

Tracks statistics for library reports.

Supports additional department cataloging and metadata projects as needed.

Participates in department planning.

Serves on internal committees.

The Candidate: 

Minimum and Additional Requirements:    

A Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program and at least 1 year of professional library experience.  

Experience with creating and applying metadata standards to describe digital objects using DSpace or other digital management system.  

Experience with non-MARC metadata schemas (ie., Dublin Core, MODS, EAD).

Experience with various types of file formats and software.

Experience with digital collection development and management workflows.

Knowledge of basic principles of professional library practices and techniques, especially in technical services, cataloging, subject analysis, classification, and authority control

Ability to organize time effectively to manage a variety of project simultaneously.

Ability to implement new cataloging and metadata standards and procedures.

Ability to gather, organize, and present oral and written information in a clear, concise, and accurate manner.

Project management and excellent organizational skills.

Strong computer skills including spreadsheet and database applications

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and external partners.

Strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills; ability to communicate with technical and non-technical individuals.

Preferred Qualification:

2-3 years of practical experience with metadata standards such as Dublin Core, MODS, or other schemas. 

Experience with Archive-It software and/or other web-harvesting software. 

Experience with MARC record batch editing tools such as MarcEdit. 

Knowledge of cataloging standards such as Library of Congress Classification, Dewey Decimal Classification, RDA, MARC21, LCSH, OCLC, LC subject headings, and LCNAF

Knowledge of government documents, particularly state documents.

Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and implement projects, particularly digital collections. 

Experience supervising volunteers and/or graduate students. 

Additional Comments

As an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age (over 40), sex, including pregnancy and childbirth (or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

The State Library actively promotes professional development and learning opportunities for staff.  Work takes place in an office environment.  Some overnight travel is required.

Supplemental questions are considered part of your official application. Any misrepresentation will result in your disqualification from consideration for employment.

Please complete the state application to include all current and previous work/salary history and education. A resume will not be accepted nor reviewed in lieu of a completed state application to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position.

Please include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Reference and background check will be conducted.

How to Apply: 

All applications must be submitted online at

If you have any questions concerning this job posting, please email Deborah Pack, Human Resources Director at