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David Magier - SARAI
Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2000 16:24:56 -0600
From: James Simon <simon at crlmail.uchicago.edu>
Subject: Project Manager Position - DSAL
The following is an advertisement for a grant-funded position to manage the
Digital South Asia Library project at CRL. Please forward this to those
who may be qualified and interested.
The Center for Research Libraries
Temporary Full-Time (Grant Funded for three years)
Position Title: Project Manager, Digital South Asia Library
Responsible under the direction of the Principal Investigator for the
administration and development of the grant project entitled: "The Digital
South Asia Library: Electronic Access to Seminal South Asian Resources."
This project, funded at $540,000 for the three years of its duration, is
the second phase of the Digital South Asia Library (DSAL), begun under the
Association of Research Libraries' Global Resources Program. The project
will produce on-line information about contemporary and historical South
Asia - including full-text documents, statistical data, electronic images,
cartographic representations, and pedagogical resources for language
instruction. In addition, it will explore delivery on demand of page
images from South Asia, scanned from both paper and microform sources, and
will create Internet-based indexes to highly select journals in the
regional languages of South Asia.
The full text of the grant proposal may be found at
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties
may be assigned.
7 Coordinates the day-to-day operation of the grant project, ensuring all
activities are accomplished in a timely and efficient manner.
7 Oversees and implements all aspects of the program as described in
project proposal, including subcontracted work with the American and French
Research on the Treasury of the French Language (ARTFL).
7 Assists in the development of an on-line digital library for project
materials, including full-text documents, images, bibliographic databases,
GIS files, and other possible mediums such as sound files. The digital
library will utilize distributed electronic databases and Unicode scripts
in the vernacular languages of South Asia.
7 Works with the Principal Investigator and project Co-Directors in
coordinating project activities in the U.S. with those in England and South
7 Monitors the work and production schedules of a consortium of
institutions and subcontractors including the University of Chicago,
Columbia University, the British Library, the University of Oxford, the
Roja Muthiah Research Library (Chennai), and the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram
(Hyderabad). Maintains regular communication with project participants and
7 Monitors fiscal records, prepares financial reports.
7 Communicates project relevance, goals, activities, and accomplishments to
a variety of institutions in the United Sates and abroad.
7 Produces regular written project reports to funding agencies and to
various overseeing bodies such as ARL Library Directors and Collection
7 Disseminates information on project activities and accomplishments
through the production of press releases, articles, brochures, and other
7 Represents the project and/or CRL at internal and external meetings, as
7 Explores opportunities for additional activities and/or funding for the
project. Assists in the development of successive stages of activity for
QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be
able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements
listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability
required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Masters degree in Library and Information Science (M.L.S.) or equivalent
>From an ALA-accredited program desirable; however other advanced degrees
considered; two to four years related experience and/or training in
Information Science; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Prior program management experience highly desirable. Familiarity with
South Asian languages, culture, history, and geography. Knowledge of
computers, data structures, and electronic environments and systems
necessary. Experience with distributed management of electronic components
and familiarity with issues attending digital libraries.
Exemplary communication skills, written and oral. Foreign language
abilities (South Asian) and cultural knowledge desired. Ability to
initiate, lead, and team-build. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse
groups of information professionals. Ability to read, analyze, and
interpret technical journals, reports, financial reports, and legal
documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries from customers,
regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to
write speeches or articles for publication that conform to prescribed style
and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management,
public groups, and/or boards of directors.
COMPUTER/TECHNICAL/ MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Proficient computer knowledge working with computer application programs,
such as Word for Windows, Excel, Microsoft Office 97, electronic mail,
etc.; ability to develop web documents; and working knowledge of HTML,
SGML, and similar concepts. Knowledge of South Asia and its culture,
history, and geography. Understanding of scholarly research and
bibliographic tools, especially global publishing and international
scholarship. Ability to apply and understand general financial procedures
and concepts such as budgets, financial statements, collections, cost and
Salary: Minimum $32,900 per annum, commensurate with experience.
Closing Date: Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.
Interested applicants should submit a letter of application and resume to:
Center For Research Libraries
6050 South Kenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
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