Multimedia and Digital Collections Archivist
University of Arizona
The Multimedia and Digital Collections Archivist will provide leadership,
project management, and oversee the creation, reformatting, transfer,
development, and production of Special Collections analog/digital audio and
video collections and other related materials and related projects.
This innovative, flexible, and energetic individual will work collaboratively
and closely with the Digital Initiatives Archivist to develop and implement
policies, procedures, and workflows and will work with Delivery, Description
and Acquisitions (DDA) and the Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship
(ODIS) to create and assign metadata standards for related digital multimedia
projects and initiatives. He or she, in partnership with the Digital
Archivist, will be responsible for the management and preservation of
electronic records and born-digital content.
This position will be expected to work collaboratively to build partnerships
in the Special Collections Department, University Libraries and UA campus;
will be responsible for developing and implementing policies for accessioning,
appraisal, preservation, and description of, and access to, analog and
digitally born digital audio/video collections by Special Collections. This
position will also assist with outreach including digitization of multimedia
collections (whole, in part, and in various formats for use of online and on-
site interactive exhibits, and maintaining online presence via finding
The ideal candidate should have (1) excellent organizational, analytical and
problem solving skills with excellent attention to detail and a high level of
accuracy, (2) ability to work both independently and collaboratively, (3)
commitment to professional development and service, (4) strong communication
and interpersonal skills, and (5) demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
with diverse colleagues, faculty, students, donors and the public.
Work Schedule: Mon. - Fri. 8am-5pm. Reports To: Director of Special
Collections, Stephen Hussman.
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know
that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing
innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an
inclusive academic community. Diversity in our environment embraces the
acceptance of a multiplicity of cultural heritages, lifestyles and worldviews.
We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have
experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and
constituencies, as we believe that such experiences are both institutional and
service imperatives. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and
experiences, we encourage applications from individuals with demonstrated
knowledge of and relevant abilities working with culturally diverse
communities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of
AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.
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Duties & Responsibilities:
Primarily to lead, manage, and participate in projects related to
preservation, transfer, and reformatting of electronic records, audio and
video collections consisting of, but not limited to, audio cassettes, reel-to-
reel tapes, vinyl recording discs, VHS, 8mm, Super-8, 16mm, and 35mm film and
more, and preservation program planning in collaboration with stakeholders,
collectively establishing policies and best practices for long-term
preservation and access; other projects may involve arranging and describing
Develop and implement descriptive guidelines, workflows, and procedures for
the A/V materials within Special Collections.
Manage workflows with commercial audio/visual digitization vendors to ensure
local preservation standards are implemented.
Assist in the processing of both digital and paper-based multimedia and other
collections by arranging and describing materials according to existing
Develop and assist in implementing Special Collections digital outreach
activities including various formats and materials for use in interactive
exhibit platforms by researchers.
Train and supervise GA's, student assistants, specifically in the work
Participate in reading room and other reference services regarding Special
Participate in overall planning, assessment, and policy development.
Maintain awareness of emerging trends and developments in the field.
Lead, manage, and participate in projects related to Special Collections
digital collections and preservation program in collaboration with
stakeholders, collectively establishing policies and best practices for the
long-term protection of, preservation, and access to multimedia collections.
Assist with training, technical advice and support to department and library
staff regarding multimedia digitization standards and metadata assignments.
Participate in the collaborative development of metadata/cataloging tools, and
discovery and presentation tools and applications.
Communicate openly and professionally with staff, colleagues, and the Library
Participate in promoting and providing visibility for a positive, responsive
image of the Library and its services to the University community at large.
* Other duties as assigned.
ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent.
Experience processing archival collections (including digital/analog audio and
Familiarity with data structure standards relevant to the archival control of
Demonstrated project management experience in an academic and a collaborative
Demonstrated technical experience with current digital collection
technologies, standards, or metadata platforms, and products.
Demonstrated knowledge of analog and physical audiovisual formats.
Demonstrated knowledge of the use of digital audio and video editing and
processing tools, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and FFmpeg.
Knowledge of audio and video digitization tools and practices.
Demonstrated knowledge of the standards and technological framework for
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with metadata standards, or non MARC
schemas, such as, Dublin Core, MODS, METS, EAD, VRA, and PB Core.
* As this is a tenure-track position in the University of Arizona Libraries, the candidate will be required to undergo the Continuing Status and Promotion process. Candidates should familiarize themselves with the policies regarding the process by visiting: http://facultyaffairs.arizona.edu/continuing-status-and-promotion.
2 years or more of professional experience in digital initiatives, digital
collections or metadata services in an academic library.
Experience with archival management systems such as ArchiveSpace.
Familiarity with current standards and practices in metadata standards.
Understanding, knowledge, and experience with use of digital forensic tools
such as Rosetta.
Demonstrated knowledge of the creation and use of digital objects.
Experience in collaboratively managing multiple and simultaneous projects.
* Familiarity with content management software, and knowledge of institutional repositories management, including policy matters, and intellectual property issues.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans;
life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and
holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family
members; state and optional retirement plans; pre-tax savings plans; access to
UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
Opened: 11/02/15; Closes: Open Until
Filled. First Review Date: 11/30/15.
Submittal of your application materials before the first review date
guarantees consideration for the position. Application
materials mailed/emailed to the department will not be accepted.
How to Apply: Apply at: http://uacareers.com/postings/6672,
Job #A20416. Complete an application form and include the names and contact
information for 3 supervisor references (who have completed your performance
evaluation). Be prepared to attach a resume and letter of
interest that describes how your experience and qualifications are fitting for
this position. Please include the names and contact
information from 3 supervisor references (who have completed your performance
evaluation). Submittal of your application materials before
the first review date guarantees consideration for the
position. For questions regarding The UA Careers
application system contact: 520-621-3662; TDD 621-8299 (M-F
8-5). For questions about the Libraries or status of the
posting, contact Ms. Ellen Lawrence, Library - HR at 520-626-5971 or
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