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Digital Archivist

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Categories: Staff
Department: Library

Davidson College seeks a collaborative and innovative early career Digital Archivist to join our archives and special collections team.  Reporting to the College Archivist & Records Management Coordinator, this person will partner with the Special Collections Librarian, the Project Archivist for Justice, Equality, and Community, the College Archivist, and other members of the library staff to preserve and make accessible born-digital and digitized archival content.  The Digital Archivist will lead the development and implementation of policies, standards, and procedures for the acquisition and preservation of digital archival collections and will engage in outreach activities to promote the use of these collections.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Management of Digital Materials
    • Manage the acquisition, arrangement, description, and preservation of e-records, born digital materials, and digital archival collections, including social media
    • Develop, document, and implement policies and workflows to ensure long-term organization of and access to digitized and born-digital assets
    • Act as the Archives & Special Collections point-person for the Institutional Repository
  • Coordination of Digitization Projects
    • Collaborate with Archives and Special Collections staff to prioritize, organize, and process incoming materials for digitization in support of digital scholarship and curricular initiatives
    • Develop policies and procedures for digitization projects and review materials to ensure that digitization and metadata standards are met
    • Create, maintain, and evaluate archival tools in partnership with library and technology staff
  • Outreach and Collaboration
    • Work with the College Archivist and the campus community, including student organizations and college departments, to acquire e-records and born digital content for the archives
    • With the College Archivist, develop outreach activities, including events and social media, to promote the understanding of born-digital archives to donors, faculty, students, and Davidson-affiliated communities
    • Collaborate with the Research, Teaching, & Collections team, the Library Technologies & Metadata team, and Technology and Innovation to develop digital projects and maintain professional knowledge and skills
    • Act as a subject liaison to academic departments to meet the collection and communication needs of faculty
  • Reference and Instruction
    • With the archives and special collections team, provide on-site and electronic reference assistance regarding archival and manuscript collections to researchers
    • Collaborate with library colleagues and faculty on instruction in support of curricular initiatives using the unique resources of the Archives and Special Collections

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association or a Master’s degree in Archival Studies with experience in an academic library
  • Successful completion of coursework specifically addressing digital libraries, digital archives, digital preservation, digital forensics, and/or electronic records
  • Internship, practicum, or experience working with born digital materials in an archives
  • Knowledge of metadata standards, including Dublin Core, MODS, MARC, and EAD
  • Familiarity with one or more digital platforms, including WordPress, Bepress, Shared Shelf, ArchivesSpace or Omeka, and significant use of digitization technologies
  • Evidence of analytical, organizational, communication, and time management skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with fragile and unique materials and video, audio, and image editing
  • Familiarity with copyright, rights management, and privacy laws, especially as these concepts apply to the retention and preservation of born-digital and digitized materials   
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with others to provide reference and instruction
  • Interest in coordinating, documenting, and preserving oral history collections
  • Understanding of undergraduate liberal arts education

This is a full-time, 12-month position.  The position is currently open.  Apply by December 4, 2017, for fullest consideration.

Candidates are asked to submit a resume and a cover letter addressing their experience and skills and how these relate to the mission of Davidson College and the Library.  More information about how to submit an application can be found at http://employment.davidson.edu

Consistently ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, Davidson College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college located in Davidson, North Carolina, close to the city of Charlotte.  Davidson is strongly committed to achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college's mission.


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