Jobs

The Digital Public Library of America is a nonprofit organization that connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions.

To learn more about internship or employment opportunities at DPLA, join our mailing list, follow our news announcements, and check this page regularly. We always like to learn about dedicated professionals who are interested in joining our team. If you would like to reach out to us to let us know about your background and interests, please use the contact form.

Current open positions:


DPLA Ebooks Outreach Representative

Posted 7/17/19

The Digital Public Library of America seeks a respected and knowledgeable contributor to help it further its mission to embolden and energize libraries in the digital age. 

Initiated in 2010, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) works with place-based cultural organizations throughout the country with a shared goal of providing access to a rich and diverse collection of materials. DPLA leads a national collaborative effort to provide libraries with a free, open, library-controlled platform for managing their ebook and audiobook services and an ebook marketplace, exchange.dp.la.  DPLA’s ebooks work is supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  

The ebooks outreach representative will lead DPLA’s efforts to improve access to ebooks, audiobooks, and other published digital materials for libraries and their users. The ebook engagement and outreach representative will often be the first point of contact with a new potential partner library or organization. Thus, the position requires someone who is comfortable engaging decision-makers at multiple levels within the hierarchy of an institution. The ebook outreach representative should be comfortable making presentations, often to large audiences, have a clear understanding of DPLA’s products and services, and an appreciation and understanding of libraries’ unique roles as curators or information in a digital age. 

This is a high-visibility position that is tremendously rewarding and a good fit for someone with a sense of mission-driven outreach, a familiarity with how libraries and other cultural heritage organizations function and a passion for helping libraries succeed.

The DPLA outreach representative would perform the following duties:

  • Work with libraries to develop and grow the DPLA Exchange, an online marketplace for libraries  
  • Build and maintain relationships with current and potential library partners
  •  Work with the DPLA Ebooks team to  create awareness for DPLA’s ebook marketplace, exchange.dp.la
  • Meet with prospective libraries interested in DPLA’s work regarding ebooks
  • Onboard new libraries using DPLA exchange
  • Develop and manage sales forecasts and regional and national  marketing and outreach plans 
  • Represent DPLA’s work at regional and consortial meetings
  • Work with library consortial partners to collaboratively increase awareness and sales 

Experience required:

  • Worked in sales or business development role working directly with libraries
  • Proven track record developing and maintaining successful customer relationships
  • Knowledge of a range of library operations
  • Keen understanding of the role of state libraries, archives, museums, and consortia in library services and operations
  • Successful 3+ years of sales, implementing and executing consultative sales strategies, and activities resulting in revenue and market share growth
  • Proven track record of meeting or exceeding sales and operational goals
  • Demonstrated success in promoting and selling new products and services

Skills:

  • Communications, including  interpersonal, written,oral communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to efficiently collect, analyze and evaluate information that will help define library goals and needs
  • Self-directed initiative, ability to multi-task and effectively manage time and prioritize and organize projects

Education:
4-year degree or equivalent

The ideal candidate will also possess the ability to work collaboratively in a distributed, team-based environment; excellent communication skills and strong customer service orientation. The position will require moderate travel.  

DPLA is strongly committed to diversity in all of its forms. We provide a full set of benefits, including health care, life and disability insurance, and a retirement plan. Starting salary is commensurate with experience.

About the Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America amplifies the value of libraries and cultural organizations as Americans’ most trusted sources of shared knowledge. We do this by collaborating with partners to accelerate innovative tools and ideas that empower and equip libraries to make information more accessible. Visit https://dp.la.

To apply, send a letter of interest detailing your qualifications, resume, and a list of 3 references in a single PDF to jobs@dp.la. Application review will begin August 1 and will continue until the position is filled.


DPLA Community Manager

Posted 6/19/19

The Digital Public Library of America seeks a leader to help it further its mission to advance equitable access to knowledge for all in the digital age.

Initiated in 2010, the Digital Public Library of America works with place-based cultural organizations throughout the country with a shared goal of providing access to a rich and diverse collection of materials. DPLA has established a national network of hubs that provide the organizational and community structure for participation in the DPLA network. The network represents over 4,000 cultural heritage institutions throughout the country.

The DPLA Community Manager will lead efforts to ensure that cultural heritage institutions across the U.S. have a collective digital presence. The position would include the following duties:

  • Identify and develop services, partnerships, and products that support the work of our hubs and contributing organizations
  • Support the high-quality metadata aggregation standards and processes that have been a hallmark of the network
  • Oversee the organization’s collaboration with the network and its advisory bodies and working groups
  • Represent the organization and network at conferences and other events
  • Recruit, manage, and onboard new hubs to the DPLA network
  • Build and maintain relationships with institutions through collaboration with DPLA staff and partner organizations
  • Investigate future hub models and network models
  • Provide training and advisement on the core operations of the DPLA Hubs including digitization, aggregation, metadata standards and practice, rights status determination, and the human resources required to carry out these activities

Experience required:

  • 10+ years related job experience
  • Demonstrated leadership role with external organizations
  • Excellent communication, written, and presentation skills
  • Budget management
  • Managing vendors
  • Metadata standards and practices
  • Project management

Experience Preferred:

  • Membership program management
  • Digital library management
  • Public or academic library work experience

Education:

  • MS or related experience
  • Master of Library Science preferred

The ideal candidate will also possess the ability to work collaboratively in a distributed, team-based environment; excellent communication skills and strong customer service orientation. The position will require moderate travel.  

DPLA is strongly committed to diversity in all of its forms. We provide a full set of benefits, including health care, life and disability insurance, and a retirement plan. Starting salary is commensurate with experience.

About the Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America amplifies the value of libraries and cultural organizations as Americans’ most trusted sources of shared knowledge. We do this by collaborating with partners to accelerate innovative tools and ideas that empower and equip libraries to make information more accessible. Visit https://dp.la.

To apply, send a letter of interest detailing your qualifications, resume, and a list of 3 references in a single PDF to jobs@dp.la. Application review will begin August 1 and will continue until the position is filled.