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South Dakota State University
Hilton Briggs Library
South Dakota
Posted: 12/7/2021
Digital Initiatives Coordinator

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Hilton M. Briggs Library is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Digital Initiatives Coordinator. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join us in providing leadership for the development, growth, preservation, and security of the Hilton M. Briggs Library digital collections and records management in support of scholars and researchers. This is a twelve-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position. This position is supervised by the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


  • Developing and implementing workflows for the acquisition, arrangement, description, preservation, and accessibility of the University’s digital assets for the University Archives including born-digital files.
  • Contributing to and implementing policies and workflows for long-term sustainability of the University’s records management.
  • Assisting with grant applications and other library efforts to obtain external funding to support digitization.
  • Growing SDSU’s digital collections and assuring a quality user experience.
  • Overseeing the digitization of archival collections.
  • Managing and preserving audiovisual materials.
  • Complying with best practices, regulations, and laws regarding digital collections.
  • Maintaining partnerships with entities such as the Digital Library of South Dakota and the Digital Public Library of America.
  • Assisting with archival reference and research services.
  • Providing outreach and communication, including the management of the Archives and Special Collections website and social media.
  • Supervision and/or direction of student employees.


  • Bachelor’s degree by start date;
  • At least one year of experience working in archives, libraries, historical societies, or similar setting;
  • Knowledge of current trends and new developments in digital library initiatives, archives, and special collections;
  • Knowledge of current metadata schemas and standards, such as Dublin Core, and digital content management systems;
  • Experience with digital file management in multiple formats;
  • Experience planning, managing, and overseeing multiple projects, meeting deadlines, and prioritizing work in alignment with strategic goals;
  • Ability to adapt to change with flexibility, creativity, and sound judgment;
  • Experience working both independently and collaboratively in a collegial, team-based environment and maintaining positive working relationships;
  • Experience interacting with the public;
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds, climb ladders, reach overhead, bend, and push fully loaded carts of books and boxes weighing over 100 pounds;
  • A valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire;
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library or Information Science;
  • Coursework in archival studies;
  • Supervision experience;
  • Knowledge of privacy and copyright issues in digital collections;
  • Experience working with digital collections including born-digital files and the creation and management of digitization projects;
  • Knowledge of XML, Python, and other coding languages;
  • Experience with website management systems, including Drupal;
  • Experience with audiovisual analog-to-digital conversion;
  • Experience with digital archives management and preservation;
  • Experience handling archival materials.


$38,000 - $45,000 commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


The SDSU Archives and Special Collections unit contains the University’s archives, as well as material related to South Dakota’s history and life. These collections are comprised of nearly 9,000 linear feet of papers, publications, photographs, audiovisual materials, and artifacts. The Archives makes available over 100,000 digital objects from these collections.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

The work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

Brookings (pop. 23,938) is just 55 miles north of Sioux Falls on Interstate-29, 200 miles from Minneapolis and 400 miles east of Rapid City and the Black Hills. Students from communities in Nebraska, North Dakota and Iowa also find SDSU within an easy day’s drive.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,464 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by January 31, 2022.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact Michael Biondo at 605-688-5567 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.