Utah State University

Assistant Librarian (Digital Scholarship Librarian)

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(4/18/2024 4:51 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
100% Time
University Libraries
Library Public Services
Advertised Salary
Minimum of $55,000, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


We are at an exciting time in our Library! As part of Utah State University (USU) Libraries’ recent reorganization, we are opening multiple new positions, including our Digital Scholarship, Open Education, and Instructional Design Librarians. We welcome simultaneous submissions. Early career librarians are encouraged to apply.


Applicants are invited to attend an informational webinar to learn more about the open positions, the campus, and the USU Libraries. Register for full details or to receive a recording of the webinar if you are not able to join at either scheduled time:

  • Monday, April 29th, 2024, 6-7PM (MST): https://usu-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H3IuSeJARES6FO3QT4scqg
  • Thursday, May 2nd, 2024, 5-6PM (MST): https://usu-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IJgtyzs4THGHs8VOZKVu1Q

The attendee list will be hidden to ensure confidentiality. Attendance is not required to apply or be considered for this position. Live captioning will be provided via Zoom Live Transcript.


Inquiries and nominations may be directed to Britt Fagerheim, Associate Dean for Public Services (britt.fagerheim@usu.edu).


The Utah State University Libraries seeks a collaborative, innovative and user-centered candidate for the position of Digital Scholarship Librarian to join a team supporting our communities in discovering, creating, and sharing knowledge. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will further digital scholarship and literacy across the institution and provide support for a broad range of programs, tools, and services to facilitate innovative and interdisciplinary research.


Working with a team of librarians, the Digital Scholarship Librarian provides essential research support, instruction, and services that bolster robust digital research and learning and engagement with evolving technologies across all disciplines. Collaborating with library colleagues and groups across the university, this position will also help develop strategic initiatives and partnerships to promote and utilize the new Innovation Hub (opening fall 2024) including outreach and instruction with emerging research technologies. This position also engages with students and faculty as a member of a broadly-defined disciplinary library team.


We view emerging technologies as a vital component of USU’s land-and space-grant mission and the university’s continued success as a Carnegie R1 Research Institution. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will be a critical position to the libraries’ strategic growth and help envision exciting new initiatives at USU Libraries.


Reporting to the head of the Research Strategy and Innovation unit, the position is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty appointment. Support and mentorship are built into the tenure process. The estimated start date for the position is Summer 2024. Early career librarians are encouraged to apply.


Review of applications will begin on May 14th and the position will remain open until filled. Salary is minimum of $55,000, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% (starting at $7,810) annual retirement contribution. Utah State University offers a competitive benefits package which includes medical and dental, and 22 days/year vacation. USU Libraries provides generous support for professional development and travel. The Libraries support a flexible work environment with opportunities for hybrid positions. Relocation assistance is available.


  • Actively engage with faculty, students, and staff to promote the use of digital tools and technologies for teaching, research, and scholarly publishing, developing strong working relationships and partnerships.
  • Collaborate with faculty and instructors for research assignment design and the integration of digital tools and platforms, standards, and best practices.
  • Contribute to planning, outreach, instruction, and project development for the Libraries’ Innovation Hub.
  • Maintain awareness of trends and explore tools and methods related to emerging and innovative digital scholarship trends and publishing models.
  • Help to foster and sustain communities of practice centered around digital scholarship and emerging technologies and other topics relevant to USU researchers and instructors.
  • Engage in broad disciplinary research services through consultations and instruction as part of a team.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS, or international equivalent by August 2024.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • Commitment to responding flexibly and effectively to the shifting needs and priorities of the Libraries and University’s constituents.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in academic libraries
  • Experience supporting digital scholarship and emerging technologies
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Commitment to assisting individuals with a variety of levels of expertise and ability in their use and experimentation with technology.
  • Knowledge of or interest in the challenges and opportunities surrounding digital research tools and methodologies.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. CV/Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Minimum of $55,000, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant, public service university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion, empowering people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. Utah State provides high-quality education to 27,500-plus students locations throughout the state, including at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online educates students from all 50 states and 55 countries. For over 25 years, USU Extension has served and engaged Utahns in all of Utah’s counties. As an R1 research institution, Utah State is dedicated to advancing knowledge through research and scholarly activities, providing a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price.


Utah State is committed to cultivating a community of inclusive excellence where all perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Forbes recognized our commitment to employees when they named Utah State the best employer in Utah in 2023. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 04/2024

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

*updated 09/2023


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