Posting Number 101220
Position Title Digital Archivist
Type of Position Staff
Under the direction of the University Archivist, the Digital Archivist's
primary focus is to provide leadership and management of existing collections
(such as photographs, newspaper articles, year books, videos, and museum
items), including the ingestion, annotation, metadata schema and authority
control, cataloging, storage, and retrieval of digital assets; and supervise
the digitization and dissemination of information to patrons and the campus
Essential Job Functions
1. Digitize photographs, newspaper articles, year books, and museum materials
and maintain assets in a digital asset management system.
2. Supervise and train staff, interns, and volunteers on digital curation and
the digital collection management software.
3. Develop and implement workflows and processes enabling the effective
acquisition, description, access, management, and preservation of digital
content. Develop appropriate metadata and authority control standards.
4. Create procedures and protocols and establish a sustainable workflow for
the digital asset management infrastructure. Establish procedures for future
migration of assets while retaining authenticity, context, and reliability of
assets. Collaborate with the Multimedia and IT Departments for the transfer of
born-digital media assets to the digital repository.
5. Process photographs, negatives, and slides: research, arrange, describe,
and prepare finding aids. Create displays to showcase archival holdings.
6. Develop guidelines, practices and strategies for the preservation of
photographs, negatives, and slides, including selection criteria, handling,
7. Respond to a wide variety of inquiries and requests for research assistance
from inside and outside the campus community.
8. Develop workshops and presentations to educate and promote the use of the
on-line digital collections. Develop outreach materials to raise awareness of
9. Actively research and procure additional photograph collections within and
without the university. Research grants and funding where appropriate.
10. Stay abreast of emerging standards and professional best practices for a
sustainable digital repository. Attend regional and national conferences and
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Individuals must possess the knowledge, as well as the following skills and
abilities or be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or
without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and
1. Knowledge of archival theory, standards, and practices and their
2. Knowledge of conservation and preservation needs of photographs, negatives,
3. An understanding of historical research methods in both primary and
4. Knowledge of principles of digital preservation, curation, and stewardship.
5. Knowledge of metadata and authority control standards. Ability to
effectively communicate with others.
6. Knowledge of copyright law and managing rights in digital data ownership.
7. Ability to effectively plan and manage projects from vision to
8. Strong organization and self-management skills and attention to detail.
9. Knowledge of image file formats and quality measures.
Bachelors of Science degree. Course work or Certificate in Digital Curation.
A Masters in Library & Information Science or Masters in Museum Studies
Have one-two years of relevant experience in archival administration and
implementation of policies, standards, and procedures for stewardship of
digital material. Experience processing photograph collections or museum
curating. Experience with ContentDM preferred.
Open Until Filled
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