The Knowledge Access & Resource Management (KARM) Department in the Libraries at West Virginia University is seeking applications for an Institutional Repository Librarian. The Institutional Repository Librarian is responsible for managing the West Virginia University Institutional Repository and related technologies, with a focus on metadata to facilitate discovery, acquisition, and assessment of collections, and identity management to increase the impact of WVU’s intellectual output.  Collaborating with institutional stakeholders to acquire and promote the University’s digital and open scholarship and to maintain compliance with federal funding mandates, this position provides customer service and outreach to West Virginia University faculty, staff, students, and research affiliates, evaluates and implements third party integrations, and serves as workflow manager for projects within and across Libraries open publishing initiatives and the KARM Department. The Institutional Repository Librarian reports to the Head of Metadata Services in KARM.

  • Maintain and improve current IR metadata for digital and open collections, including but not limited to conferences, journals, campus policies and publications, and research information and datasets
  • Design, evaluate, and implement processes for harvesting, ingesting, syncing, and transforming new collections of metadata from across a variety of platforms
  • Work with the Scholarly Communications Librarian, Liaison Librarians, and other Libraries Departments to identify candidate IR content and reach out to scholars and rightsholders
  • Collaborate with Scholarly Communications Librarian, Liaison Librarians, and other Libraries Departments to deliver consultations on the use, reuse, and management of research data
  • Manage workflows for IR Projects, including student submissions of ETD’s, in consultation with the Head of Metadata Services and the Scholarly Communications Librarian
  • Maintain usage statistics for established needs like the ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey and develop new usage metrics to assess IR content and its visibility
  • Collaborate and consult with WVU faculty, staff, students, and librarians to develop collections and metadata best practices
  • Create and update tutorials, guides, and other instructional materials on IR submissions, collections, and search strategies, and on current Open Access publishing models
  • Maintain and update repository policies and information in consultation with Research Services on public-facing platform(s)
  • Engage the IR in identity management for WVU Scholars by maintaining metadata related to authorities, references, and citations, including DOI’s
  • Maintain awareness of scholarly impact metrics and investigate novel ways to interface the IR to citation management systems, public discovery services, social media, or other relevant sources of impact data
  • Assist Libraries and Campus stakeholders in planning and implementing activities supporting compliance with open publishing mandates for federally funded research, including maintaining metadata for open publications and data sets on platforms outside the Institutional Repository
  • Assist Libraries and Campus stakeholders in selecting and/or implementing Institutional and Data Repository platform(s)
  • Work with the Head of Metadata and Scholarly Communications Librarian to accommodate use of the Repository by Libraries faculty for research into metadata or discovery methodologies
  • Monitor and contribute to local, regional, and national discussion relating to metadata standards, IR platforms, and emergent practices in scholarly communication
  • Serve on appropriate committees in the Libraries and on campus


In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will have:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or international equivalent graduate degree
  • Experience with library digital repositories
  • Knowledge of Dublin Core, and other metadata schemas, e.g. EAD
  • Experience with mark-up languages including XHTML, XML
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in Scholarly Communication, Open Access, and Copyright
  • Project management skills including prioritizing workload, managing a variety of tasks, and completing projects in a timely manner
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with Department staff and librarians
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


  • Familiarity with or willingness to learn transformation languages, e.g. XSLT, CSS
  • Familiarity with or willingness to learn Python and other scripting languages, e.g. JavaScript
  • Experience with API’s

Applicants should include a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and three (3) references.

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia’s land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

We welcome beginning or early career librarians and will fill these positions at the rank of Staff Librarian or Assistant University Librarian. Rank and salary are dependent upon post-MLS experience and credentials.

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