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Subject:

Open Position: Digital Records Archivist, Penn State

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"Michael J. Giarlo" <[log in to unmask]>

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Code for Libraries <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 27 Sep 2011 09:38:17 -0400

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Have a background in archives and some tech chops? Come help build an
institutional digital records program at Penn State!

Apologies for cross-posting, yada yada.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Open Position: Digital Records Archivist, Special Collections
Library
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2011 11:35:21 -0400
From: Lindsey Harter <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]


Digital Records Archivist
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek applications and
nominations for the position of Digital Records Archivist. The person
appointed to this tenure-track, faculty position will manage the
Eberly Family Special Collections Library’s existing born digital
archival holdings and expand its capacity to collect electronic
records with the initial effort focused on university records.

The Eberly Family Special Collections Library at University Park
comprises three units: Historical Collections and Labor Archives, Rare
Books and Manuscripts, and University Archives and Records Management,
together including a total of 18 full-time faculty and staff. The
University Archives oversees the University Records Management Program
and Inactive Records Center, an extensive sports archives, photograph
and audio-visual collections, as well as Fred Waring’s America. More
information about all special collections in the University Libraries
is available online at
http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/speccolls.html.

Responsibilities: The Digital Records Archivist will help develop and
implement workflows and processes enabling the effective acquisition,
description, access, management and preservation of a broad range of
digital content, including university records, websites, email, and
personal digital archives. This position reports to the Head of the
Eberly Family Special Collections Library and works closely with the
University Archivist, other archival professionals, librarians,
information technologists, and records creators throughout the
University. The archivist will manage day-to-day activities in
conjunction with the development and management of repository
services, the web archiving program, and a wide variety of
born-digital records ingest and access initiatives. The archivist will
take the lead in identifying digital records of continuing
institutional value and in developing strategies for long-term
preservation and access. The archivist will be expected to remain
current with emerging standards and professional best practices and be
able to manage complex projects, coordinate multiple activities and
tasks, supervise part-time and student employees, and curate
electronic records and digital collections throughout the information
lifecycle. The archivist will also perform regular archival duties,
including reference service and outreach activities, and assist in the
dissemination of best practices, trend reports, and operational
guidelines. The archivist will perform other professional functions as
needed.

Requirements: Minimum qualifications are a MLS/MLIS from an
ALA-accredited program (or equivalent), or a Masters in Information
Science, Archival Science, or related field. Experience working with
the curation of digital content in an archival repository. Familiarity
with descriptive and data structure metadata standards such as MARC,
DAS, EAD, Dublin Core, METS, MODS, and PREMIS. Familiarity with tools
and workflows being developed to support the ingest and management of
born digital records. Demonstrated knowledge of the management,
preservation, and access of electronic records, and expertise in
working with electronic records. Demonstrated knowledge of data
storage methods, media, security, content management, and access. The
candidate must have excellent analytical, interpersonal and
communication skills, be an effective team contributor, have proven
ability to manage projects and competing priorities with demonstrated
ability to be flexible, to adapt to change, and to work successfully
in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Preferred: Experience processing archival collections and providing
archival reference services; experience working with tools that verify
file authenticity, search for personal identity information, and
harvest websites; programming/scripting skills in languages such as
Java, PERL, and XSLT.

Environment: Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the
CIC (Big 10) academic consortium.In its special "Paths to Professions"
section on September 13, 2010, the /Wall Street Journal/ published
results of a survey of industry recruiting executives, with Penn State
named the No. 1 overall institution in the nation for producing the
best prepared, most well-rounded graduates who are most able to
succeed once hired. Based on current Association for Research
Libraries investment rankings, Penn State is now ranked 7^th out of
114 of the largest research libraries in North America.A Penn State
student survey completed in 2010 found overall student satisfaction
with the Libraries to be at the top of its category.

The Libraries hold membership in ARL, OCLC, and CRL. Collections
exceed 5.4 million volumes, including more than 109,000 current serial
subscriptions. The University Libraries are located at University Park
and 22 other locations throughout Pennsylvania, and they serve
approximately 6,000 faculty and 44,000 students at University Park,
and more than 92,000 students system wide.

The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan
area, a university town located in the heart of central Pennsylvania.
State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational
facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus
is within a half-day drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore,
Philadelphia, New York City, and Pittsburgh. The University Park
Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington,
Philadelphia, and Detroit. For more information, please visit
www.libraries.psu.edu <http://www.libraries.psu.edu>and www.cbicc.org
<http://www.cbicc.org>.

Salary and Benefits: Based upon the University and Libraries’
standards in librarianship, research, and service, and outreach, it is
anticipated that the successful candidate will be appointed at the
rank of assistant or associate librarian. Salary will be commensurate
with qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal
vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or
TIAA/CREF retirement options, and educational privileges.

To apply: Send a letter of application, resume, and the names and
contact information of three professional references (including email
addresses) to: Search Committee, Box DRA-PSUA, The Pennsylvania State
University, 511 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802.
Nominations may be sent to the search committee at the above address
or to the chair at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>. Review of
candidates will begin on October 21, 2011 and continue until the
position is filled.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and
the diversity of its workforce.

--
Lindsey A. Harter
Faculty Services and Professional Development Coordinator
Libraries Human Resources
The Pennsylvania State University
511 Paterno Library
University Park, PA 16802
Phone:(814)863-4949
Fax: (814)863-5592

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