Ithaca, NY: Digital Archivist, Cornell University
Under the supervision of the Assistant Director for Technical Services of the
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC), the Digital Archivist
provides oversight and management of RMC's digital collections, with a
particular focus on born digital materials. The Digital Archivist will take
the lead on developing and documenting workflows for accessioning,
stabilizing, arranging, and describing born-digital collections. The Digital
Archivist will work closely with colleagues in RMC and other Cornell
University Library (CUL) units, in particular Digital Scholarship and
Preservation Services (DSPS) and CUL-IT, to ensure coordination and
communication around issues of shared interest. Additionally, s/he
participates in RMC's public services program, facilitating access to digital
collections and providing reference services as needed.
The Digital Archivist will work with the University Archivist and the Records
Manager in developing policies for Cornell University electronic records,
coordinating their acquisition, preservation, and access mechanisms. S/he will
work with subject curators and donors to assess and appraise digital
In collaboration with technical services staff in RMC, the Digital Archivist
will establish policies and workflows for accessioning, describing,
preserving, and accessing born-digital materials. S/he will perform as well as
train others to perform preservation tasks related to incoming digital
materials such as creating disk images, performing digital forensics tasks,
and collaborating with digital preservation staff in Cornell University
Library. S/he will arrange and describe born-digital archival materials,
following archival standards. S/he will work with CUL colleagues to coordinate
the ingest of materials into the digital preservation repository.
In coordination with CUL-IT and DSPS, the Digital Archivist will participate
in the ongoing development of access systems for digital collections and born-
digital materials. As needed to facilitate management and use, s/he will
upload digital collection materials to digital collections platforms for
access and/or make access copies for in-house use. S/he will aid in the
development of the Cornell University Library Archival Repository (CULAR) by
articulating the workflows and standards employed to the CULAR Manager and
development team to assure that appropriate development can be managed within
The Digital Archivist will also provide reference assistance to researchers,
including those requiring access files on obsolete media. S/he will
participate on library-wide committees and will be expected to participate in
professional activities related to archives and digital preservation.
* Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archives management, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Demonstrated knowledge of archives and records management theory and practice, including experience processing archival records.
* Knowledge of digital preservation theory and practice, as well as strategies and technologies utilized by the archival community for managing born-digital archival and manuscript material.
* Knowledge of relevant standards for archival description, including DACS, EAD, and EAC-CPF, and familiarity with other metadata standards such as METS and PREMIS.
* Familiarity with web archiving.
* Excellent organizational skills and ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects.
* Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
* Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment.
* Two to three years of relevant professional experience, preferably in academic archives.
* Experience implementing policies, standards, and procedures for stewardship of digital material in an archival or special collections setting.
* Experience with digital archives tools such as BitCurator, FTK, floppy drive controllers (e.g. Catweasel, Kryoflux), writeblockers, Sleuth Kit, fiwalk, and emulators.
Experience with XSLT and programming languages (PHP, Perl, Python).
The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is Cornell's principal
repository of rare books, manuscripts, and archival materials. The Division
holds over 500,000 printed volumes, more than 80 million manuscripts, and
another million photographs, paintings, prints, and other visual media. Among
these are particularly strong collections of early photography, the history of
science, human sexuality, witchcraft, the French Revolution, the Civil War and
the abolitionist movement, Icelandic history and literature, architecture and
planning, new media art, and musical movements such as Hip Hop and punk. The
Division is also home to Cornell University's Archives.
One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell
University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research and
learning at the university. With an operating budget of over $58 million and a
diverse and innovative staff of more than 400, the Library supports 2,700
faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections,
expert librarians, responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces
inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.
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