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Digital Library Specialist, PBS Headquarters, Arlington VA

DEPARTMENT: PBS LearningMedia 
LOCATION: PBS Headquarters, Arlington VA
STATUS: Full-time/Regular/Exempt

PBS LearningMedia (LM) is a PBS Education initiative designed to develop a system-wide repository of digital education content and support the distribution of the content through digital services offered by local public television stations.

The Digital Library Specialist works to support the Sr. Director of Digital Product & Content Strategy and the Director of Curriculum with tasks related to the LM Library. In this role the Specialist provides thought leadership and best practices to building, sustaining and growing a robust, world class digital education library.

The Specialist manages the LearningMedia digital resources and databases, and works with the team to create a highly usable and searchable resource for educators. He/she works with the team in managing the preparation of digital assets according to the LM editorial and technical standards. In addition, the Specialist works in collaboration with other PBS Digital colleagues to identify and implement improvements to the CMS features, workflows, and contributor training processes (i.e. new versions and releases of the CMS). 
  • Responsible for the management of PBSLM’s digital database, including:
    • Content representation 
    • Indexing and retrieval of new content 
    • Controlled vocabularies
    • Metadata schema, and 
    • Editorial Guidelines
  • Develop and provide training to Station and Media Partner Contributors to ensure quality and accuracy of submissions to LM: 
    • Developing communications, on-boarding, training and support activities to ensure a positive experience for LM content contributors using the CMS to catalog their content for local and national distribution 
    • Review contributor uploads and provide timely feedback to contributors 
    • Provide support to content contributors according to the CMS editorial and technical specifications for LM
  • Facilitate contributions from public media partners (i.e. Library of Congress and National Public Radio) to curate and index their educational collections for PBSLM.
  • Support the Director of Digital Curriculum and subject matter experts to maintain and manage the LM curriculum frameworks to accurately reflect changes in national and state academic standards. 
  • Manage the process and accuracy of the content mapping to curriculum frameworks and standards alignment engine. 
  • Manage and conduct data mapping projects with partnering databases, including building crosswalks between existing metadata structures. 
  • Work with the PBS Digital technology product lead to address, manage, and fix production bugs and data issues related to content representation, indexing, and data integrity to ensure the best user experience (i.e. asset discoverability and SEO). 
  • Work hand in hand with PBS functional units to streamline content across platforms (COVE, PBS TeacherLine, and Bento program sites) for use in LM. 
  • Establish processes to continually review existing PBS content libraries (e.g. PBSD inventory, PBS Kids GO Broadband repository,, COVE repository).
  • Additional tasks and projects as assigned. 
At least 5 years of work experience with content representation, metadata, resource description and digital reference services, preferably in the media industry

Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Master’s degree in Library Science strongly preferred

  • A strong understanding of database management, human computer interaction, and information retrieval systems
  • Strong familiarity with digital media
  • Skilled in use of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details
  • Resourceful, self-directed and skillful team player
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with 
  • A strong sense of tact and diplomacy
  • Excellent time management skills 
  • Ability and flexibility to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work effectively with many different constituents
  • Strong customer service orientation