The Dalhousie Libraries seeks a creative, collaborative, enthusiastic
Professional Librarian / Archivist for the position of Digital Archivist.
Reporting to the Dalhousie University Archivist, the Digital Archivist will
take a leadership role in the management, acquisition, appraisal, description,
and preservation of born-digital datasets, including privately donated and
institutional records. The Digital Archivist will also be responsible for the
management of the Archives' on-line holdings systems, website and social media
initiatives. The Digital Archivist will be responsible for supporting
Dalhousie faculty, students, and staff with information, training, and
assistance in depositing and accessing digital materials in the Dalhousie
University Archives and the Dalhousie Libraries Institutional Repository,
DalSpace. This position will be the team-lead for achieving and maintaining
accreditation as a Trusted Digital Repository, and serves as part of a team of
librarians and staff furthering the work of the Dalhousie Libraries' Digital
Scholarship Initiatives Committee. The Digital Archivist will define and
implement repository and digital preservation policies, workflows, forward-
migration technology planning, and work to increase data stewardship
The Dalhousie University Archives serves the dual role of the University's
official records repository and as a research centre supporting the learning,
teaching and research needs of the Dalhousie University community and the
general public. It serves as the primary cultural archives for the province
with large holdings in theatre, literature, music, and film along with
significant collections related to labour, business, the environment and
sustainability, law, medicine, and Dalhousie faculty and alumni. The Archives
is part of the Dalhousie University Libraries.
Main Areas of Responsibility:
• Leads the University Archives' ongoing development and implementation of
standards, best practices, and procedures for the stewardship of born-digital
• Responsible for the technical appraisal, capture/transfer, accessioning,
storage, preservation, and servicing of born-digital archival material.
• Assesses and manages risk associated with Trusted Digital Repository status
and institutional commitment to preserve corporate digital records.
• Manages the Archives' on-line holdings systems, The Archivists Toolkit and
AtoM; serves as author for the Archives' website and administrator for the
Archives' Facebook and other social media initiatives.
• Collaborates with other Archives' staff on policies and workflows;
determines workflows and best practices for the arrangement and description of
both analog and born-digital collections; and coordinates access service
procedures for requesting material and provision of access to these materials.
• Assists the University Archivist in the overall planning for the Archives
including budget preparation, grant writing, and priority setting.
• Undertakes special projects and other duties as assigned by the University
Archivist including Professional Librarian duties such as teaching, research
support and liaison duties as required.
• Plans, directs, and reviews the work of term librarians, support staff and
• Participates on Library Council and Dalhousie Libraries committees and task
forces including appointment, tenure and promotion committees; engages in
campus, regional and national professional organizations and collaborative
• Expected to conduct research and produce scholarly publications, to be
active professionally, and represent the Libraries and the University in the
academic, scholarly, and professional community.
Required Education and Experience:
• ALA accredited master's degree in library, archival or information sciences.
• A second master's degree in a relevant discipline would be considered an
• Experience with technology developed or adopted by archives for curating
born-digital manuscript material. Fluency with EAD, MODS, METS, XML, PREMIS &
other data structure standards.
• Knowledge of metadata standards, reformatting guidelines, and issues
pertaining to digitization and institutional repositories.
• Comprehensive knowledge of digital preservation theory and practice and
experience with born-digital data stewardship.
• Understanding of principles of database management, and systems analysis
with specific knowledge of current archival holdings systems.
• Knowledge of or experience with current practices for processing/cataloging
both analog and digital archival collections. Fluency with RAD, MARC, AACR2,
RDA and LC cataloging standards.
• Knowledge of Canadian and Nova Scotia history and the humanities.
• Demonstrated project management experience.
• Excellent communication and organizational skills, accuracy, and attention
• Ability to think creatively, and work both independently and collaboratively
in a production-oriented, collegial environment.
Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience, and subject
to the terms of the Dalhousie Faculty Association Collective Agreement. The
position will not be filled at a level higher than Librarian II.
Deadline for applications is April 12, 2013.
Please submit a letter of interest, current resume and names of three
Ms. Janice Slauenwhite
Re: Dalhousie Libraries Digital Archivist Search Committee
Dalhousie University Libraries
6225 University Avenue, PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Telephone: (902)-- 494-6685
Electronic submissions may be made to: janice.slauenwhite(at)dal.ca
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and
permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie is an Employment
Equity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications
from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible
persons and women.
Source: [Archives & Archivists
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