Monday, April 30, 2012

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is looking for a Records Management Intern

If you're an American citizen who lives or would like to live in the Washington, DC area, have theoretical knowledge of records management or library or archival science, and would like to gain practical paper and electronic records management experience, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a unit of the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury, may have a paid internship position for you.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC") is the world's preeminent bank supervisory agency. The OCC's primary mission is to charter, regulate, and supervise all national banks and federal savings associations. We also supervise the federal branches and agencies of foreign banks. Our goal in supervising national banks and federal savings associations is to ensure that they operate in a safe and sound manner and in compliance with laws requiring fair treatment of their customers and fair access to credit and financial products. 

Our culture promotes creative and thoughtful contributions by people in all positions, and an environment that values and encourages diversity. If you are an inquisitive, investigative individual with high standards of your own, consider the OCC.

This internship position is within the Financial Management Division ("FM") of the OCC, but provides records management services to offices throughout the OCC. 

For more information on the OCC, please visit

Position Description

Interns selected for this position will be performing the following duties:
  • Participate in record audits and evaluations. 
  • Perform statistical analysis on RM Metrics. 
  • Assist in filing, maintaining, retrieving, circulating, and refiling OCC records. 
  • Use electronic management systems to organize and track electronic records. 
  • Research and understand Federal RM regulations and guidance. 
  • Review records and process those records per records retention schedule.
  • Write finding aids/inventory lists of records pursuant to Federal guidelines.
  • Pack boxes of records.
  • Move boxes of records.
  • Conduct data entry.
  • Provide administrative and clerical assistance.

Qualifications and Requirements
Qualified applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Able to lift up to 40 pounds unassisted and stoop, bend, and reach.
  • Detail-oriented, especially when handling documents and conducting data entry.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently after training.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing). 
  • Possess a functional knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a team environment.
  • Availability of 20-24 hours per week, minimum.
This internship begins May 2012, ends June 2013, and pays an hourly wage of $12.00-$16.00 "depending on experience."

If you would like to apply for this internship, "submit a resume, cover letter, brief writing sample (1-2 pages), and transcript to OMFMInternshipOpportunities[-at-]"

Update 2012-05-01:  This internship is open only to currently enrolled students.

Friday, April 27, 2012

How Toy Story 2 was almost lost

Even the pros have close calls sometimes. In this video, two Pixar employees explain how the files that comprised the film Toy Story 2 were almost lost as a result of an erroneous delete command and a backup routine that had stopped working properly. The only thing that saved Pixar from having to devote a year to reconstructing the lost files: the film's technical director was doing a lot of work at home and had a copy of the files on her home computer.

Moral of the story: verify that your backup routine is producing readable backups -- and be very, very careful when typing Unix/Linux "rm" commands!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

University of Wyoming is looking for a Digital Programs Archivist

If you have experience working with born-digital materials and digitizing paper-based materials and want to live in a beautiful, small, university-centered community, the American Heritage Center of the University of Wyoming needs to hear from you.

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The American Heritage Center (AHC) of the University of Wyoming is seeking a Digital Programs Archivist at the assistant archivist level. The AHC seeks a creative, dynamic, articulate, and out-going professional to manage its electronic records and mass digitization programs, and provide leadership on various web initiatives. Archivists at UW have faculty status with extended term appointments possible after five years. The archivist reports to the Associate Director of the AHC.
The AHC is a major research archive independent of the University's libraries, reporting directly to the Provost. The AHC is one of the largest and busiest modern manuscripts repositories in the U.S., and its professional employees have a strong track record of leadership and scholarship in archives administration, special collections librarianship, history, women's studies, and other fields. Recent emphasis at the AHC has been on minimal processing and cataloging, collection policy redefinition, and a reappraisal program.
The Digital Programs Archivist will continue to evolve the AHC's electronic records program by developing, implementing, and executing processes enabling effective acquisition, appraisal, ingest, preservation, and management of born-digital archival collections. This position works closely with a variety of stakeholders, including Libraries, IT, donors, and archivists in other AHC departments (including University Archives). The Digital Programs Archivist will manage a very active mass digitization program, and provide leadership in the creation and delivery of digital content to meet the needs of the AHC's patrons and preservation priorities. This includes digitization of text, image, audio, and video formats. The archivist will also oversee ongoing development and maintenance of various AHC websites and initiatives. The archivist will be expected to remain current with emerging standards and professional best practices and be able to manage complex projects, coordinate multiple activities and tasks, and supervise 3 FTE staff as well as various student employees.
Required: Master's degree in Library Science, Information Science, Computer Science/Systems Management, History, or other allied discipline, with concentration reasonably equivalent to the SAA Guidelines for Archival Graduate Education. Progressively responsible experience working with digital content in an archival repository. Knowledge of current electronic records theory and practice. Familiarity with metadata standards, including MARC, EAD, Dublin Core, METS, MODS, and PREMIS. Familiarity with one or more markup languages (HTML, XHTML, etc.). Familiarity with design programs, e.g., Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver. Familiarity with common website management concepts. Experience using Digital Asset Management software. Familiarity with digitization standards and workflows. Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective programs, complex projects, and services. Excellent organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to handle complex analytical and detailed work. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a complex and rapidly changing environment. Extremely collaborative and cooperative and communicative.
Preferred: Experience obtaining grant funding and managing grant funded projects. Demonstrated competence with XSLT, Java, PERL and/or other scripting languages. Advanced knowledge and experience with electronic records programs in an archival setting. Experience in implementing records management programs, particularly working with private records. Experience in other common areas of archival practice, including collection development, donor relations, appraisal, archival processing, and outreach.
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This salary for this position is $45,000, and the posting specifies that it is "non-negotiable."

If you're interested in applying, additional information and application instructions are available here.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Vermont State Archives and Records Administration seeks a Records Analyst II

Are you an experienced records manager who is comfortable working with both paper and electronic records?  Would you like to live in a charming New England town and work with some awesome people?  The Vermont State Archives and Records Administration may have a job waiting for you.

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The Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA), a division within the Vermont Office of the Secretary of State, oversees the state records management program in addition to the State Records Center and State Archives.
The Vermont Secretary of State's Office has an excellent opportunity for a specialized, detail-oriented professional to analyze and appraise records created or received by Vermont public agencies. You will advise on records retention and disposition and develop record schedules; provide professional records and information management guidance to all three branches of state government and local government agencies; collaborate with archivists, records analysts, agency records officers and liaisons, and government officials on the application of effective and efficient records management practices; be a primary resource for questions regarding the state archives and records administration program; and perform all other tasks as requested by the Records Analyst III.
You will independently perform the full variety of records management functions, including: appraisal theory and methodology; records management policies and procedures; legal reviews; and professional standards and best practices. You will apply knowledge and expertise in software applications, state government structures and functions, database theory, archives, records and information management, and electronic information systems to collect and analyze recordkeeping data. You must understand and will explain records management program requirements to state and local government agencies; analyze and develop services specific to meet those needs; and provide full consultative services and outreach, including guidance on record schedules, laws and regulations, policies and guidelines, professional standards and best practices.
Master's degree from an accredited college or university in library or information science (with an archives/records management emphasis) is strongly preferred
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Working knowledge of archive, records and information management theory, principles, methodology, applications, professional standards, and ethics that guide records analysis and management work.
  • Working knowledge of State and Federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures that govern records analysis and management practices.
  • Working knowledge of the purposes and functions of retention schedules and transfer lists.
  • Working knowledge of database theory, applications, and practices, and other current and emerging technologies employed to maintain consistent standards in managing records and information.
  • Working knowledge of state government structure and functions. Working knowledge of personal computers, databases and electronic records management systems, and software applications. S
  • kill in communicating with others, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Ability to initiate and sustain cooperative relationships with a wide variety of individuals encountered during work activities.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to effectively impart complex ideas to others in easily understandable terms.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and make logical decisions.
  • Ability to incorporate evolving and emerging theories, principles, ethics, and best practices; and apply these to current assignments.
Education and Experience
Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Experience: Two years of professional records analysis and records management work experience at the entry level, or two years of experience as a Records Analyst I or Archivist I with the State of Vermont.
Education: Master's degree from an accredited college or university in archival management, library or information science, records management, business administration, general management, public administration, computer science, legal studies, or a closely related field.
Experience: One year of professional records analysis and records management work experience at the entry level, or one year of experience as a Records Analyst I or Archivist I with the State of Vermont.
Working Conditions
Work is performed in a standard office setting, but some travel may be required for which private means of transportation should be available. May be required to lift boxes weighing 20 to 30 pounds.
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For additional information and application instructions, consult the position posting.  Unfortunately, the State of Vermont's online employment application system doesn't allow one to link to individual postings. However, if you go to this page, check the "Education & Library Services" option in "Job Categories," and then click the Search button, you'll find the posting quite easily; doing a keyword search for "Records" will also take you to it.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Help the Library of Congress build a Digital Preservation Q&A site

The Library of Congress's National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP) is creating a Digital Preservation Question and Answer site using Stack Exchange, a social media service that enables communities of people knowledgeable about a specific subject to develop libraries of reference questions and answers pertaining to that subject.

Right now, the Digital Preservation Question and Answer site is still in the initial stages of creation.  In order to progress to the next stage, the site needs to accumulate at least 40 community-suggested questions that have received at least 10 positive votes from community members.

I'm a big fan of NDIIPP, and I think that this Q & A site could become a really valuable resource for archivists, librarians, and other cultural heritage professionals interested in preserving digital materials.  If you want to help get this site off the ground, simply:
  • Visit the Digital Preservation Stack Exchange Q & A site (currently located in Area 51 -- click the link and you'll see what I mean)
  • Become a registered user.
  • Review the list of proposed questions, identify the five questions that you would most like to see answered in the final version of the site, and vote for them.
  • If you think of additional questions, add them to the list of proposed questions.
It took me about 10 minutes to register, read through everything, cast my votes, and propose a question, so the investment of time is minimal. Judging from the caliber of questions others proposed, this site promises to be a fantastic resource. I'm really looking forward to seeing it grow.

Friday, April 20, 2012

ICPSR seeks a Director of Curation Services

Do you have substantial -- and I do mean substantial -- knowledge and experience of digital preservation and a strong research background? Does the idea of living in a progressive university town in the upper Midwest appeal to you? If so, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), which is housed at the University of Michigan, is looking for a Director of Curation Services:

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The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) seeks to appoint a Director of Curation Services to maintain and develop a comprehensive approach to data management and digital preservation. The holder of this position will lead a team with responsibility for policy implementation and planning across the data lifecycle, including metadata standards, repository management, digital preservation, and compliance with standards (such as Trusted Repositories Audit & Certification). The selected individual will report directly to the Director of ICPSR and will be a member of the ICPSR senior leadership. He or she will represent the organization to ICPSR's extensive network of partners in both the social science and the digital archiving communities.

The individual selected for this position will hold a research faculty appointment in ICPSR and the Institute of Social Research. The position may be in the Archivist (Assistant, Associate or Full), Research Scientist (Associate or Full) or Research Professor (Associate or Full) tracks, depending upon qualifications. Joint appointment with other University of Michigan units is possible. 

  • Maintain and develop ICPSR's comprehensive digital preservation policy framework
  • Plan collaboratively with others to oversee the continuous evaluation of the digital repository, including all policies, standards, and workflows
  • Identify the necessary descriptive, technical, structural, and preservation metadata for ICPSR's diverse digital content
  • Evaluate and maintain quality control of metadata operations
  • Research other metadata standards to determine their relevance for ICPSR
  • Participate in the Data Documentation Initiative Alliance and in development of the DDI standard
  • Advise on methods for handling new types of digital content
  • Manage ICPSR's institutional records in collaboration with others
  • Promote the role of the organization within the digital preservation and data archive communities through a program of presentations, papers, and articles at conferences and meetings, and in journals representing key domains
  • Participate in the development of standards and good practice for the digital archiving community at national and international levels
  • Participate in training on lifecycle data management
  • Prepare proposals and applications for external funding to support both research into digital archiving and practical activities designed to enhance ICPSR's repository
  • Conduct and publish in the candidate's area of expertise
Required qualifications
M.A. or Ph.D. in an area that relates to information systems, such as Library Science or Information Technology, but we welcome and will consider otherwise qualified candidates with credentials that support the requirements of the position.
Five to eight years professional experience in the field, with a minimum of two years of experience in the management of digital archiving activities. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in the English language.

Desired qualifications

Demonstrated ability to analyze, assess, and find creative digital curation solutions in a complex and dynamic research-based environment. Experience with creating and applying metadata standards to describe digital collections. Familiarity with data used in social science research and protection of confidentiality in research on human subjects. Experience in a managerial role (including fiscal responsibility and supervision of staff) on multiple projects. Demonstrated scholarly productivity, along with the proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a diverse environment. Experience in writing grant proposals and applications, and in serving as a principal investigator.
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If you're interested in this position, application instructions are available here. Salary is negotiable, and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Movies in the digital era

We information professionals have long asserted that the transition from paper- and film-based to digital means of recording information will be profoundly destabilizing. However, when one's working life focuses on the quotidian aspects of facilitating, managing, and mitigating the risks associated with this transition, it's easy to lose sight of just how sweeping the changes will be. And that's why Gendy Alimurung's long, thought-provoking article in last week's L.A. Weekly warrants close reading. Alimurung focuses on the film industry's transition to digital filmmaking and, in particular, projection, which is being hastened along by studios enthralled by the cost savings they will achieve once they no longer have to produce and distribute vast quantities of 35 mm prints. However, as Alimurung points out, this transition and the manner in which it is unfolding has profoundly unsettling implications:
  • The cost of digital projection equipment is much higher than that of 35 mm film projection equipment, and even with the subsidies provided by the big studios, a lot of independent theaters are going to find the transition to digital projection prohibitively expensive.
  • Most of the big production companies are ceasing distribution of all 35 mm prints, including those of older films for which theater-quality digital versions are not available, a move that will likely cause a substantial number of repertory and art house cinemas to shut their doors or to fall back upon screening DVDs or BluRay discs, both of which look dull and flat when projected onto a theater-sized screen.
  • Preservation of digital films is substantially more expensive than preservation of 35 mm films, and the speed with which digital cinema formats change makes preservation even more of a challenge than it would be otherwise. Moreover, just as many silent films were destroyed or quietly allowed to disintegrate after the coming of sound, many older 35 mm films may be allowed to die of neglect.
  • The nature of filmmaking itself will likely change -- and not always for the better. As one of Alimurung's sources points out, shooting a movie on 35 mm film imposes a certain discipline: one can shoot only ten minutes of 35 mm footage at a time, and goofing around while a 35 mm film camera is rolling costs money. Some directors will no doubt find that the the freedom and flexibility of digital filmmaking enables them to do amazing things, but some novices, in particular, might not develop the focus and restraint needed to make a halfway decent movie.
I'm really not doing justice to Alimurung's fine article, and I encourage you to read it and the accompanying reader comments, some of which add additional weight to her assessment and some of which offer interesting counter-arguments. And the next time one of your cinephile friends asks why you're so wound up about all of this electronic records stuff, giving him or her a copy of this article ought to be explanation enough.

Monday, April 16, 2012

MARAC Spring 2012: a few tidbits

As promised, here are a few of the interesting snippets of knowledge I learned at the Spring 2012 meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Archives Conference, which was held in Cape May, New Jersey last week.
  • Isiah Beard, Rutgers University Libraries, Center for Scholarly Communication: There are at least 27 commonly used digital audio file formats and approximately 90 codecs that are used to encode and decode various types of audio file formats. The number of digital video file formats and codecs is even greater. (I already knew that the profusion of audio and video formats and codecs is a big preservation problem, but hadn't quantified the problem. Sobering numbers, aren't they?) (Session 1, "Preservation and Conservation of
    Captured and Born Digital Materials")
  • Laura Hortz Stanton (Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts): Arson is the number one cause of fire in archives and libraries, and library book drops are a particular point of vulnerability. (Session 8, "Fundamentals of Emergency Preparedness: Conducting Risk Assessments")
  • Laura Zucconi (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey) and several colleagues are using archival records to develop a role-playing game, Pox and the City, that will teach students enrolled in middle schools, high schools, undergraduate programs, and medical schools about the history of medicine by focusing upon the spread of smallpox in early 19th-century Edinburgh. When the game is finished, players will be able to play the role of a doctor seeking to build up a practice, an Irish immigrant trying to avoid the disease, or the smallpox virus as it spreads from one person to another. Not surprisingly, everyone wants to play the virus. (Session 13, "Digital Humanities in the Archives")
  • Nelson Johnson (author, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City) was a member of Atlantic City's planning board and initially began researching the city's history because he wanted to understand how its government became so messed up. After doing a lot of preliminary research, he concluded not only that the African-Americans who worked in the city's hotels and other establishments were integral to the city's history but also that the city's corruption was organic and essential to its survival. The secret to success in a resort community is repeat business, and the working-class Philadelphians who flocked to Atlantic City during 19 and early 20th centuries didn't want wholesome, morally uplifting entertainment. In the words of one of the people Johnson interviewed, they sought out "booze, broads, and gambling," and the city gave them what they wanted. Although Johnson's conclusion doesn't have much to do with records, I kept thinking about it as I walked around Cape May, which is also a tourist town. Cape May's appeal currently centers around its well-maintained beach, immaculately maintained Victorian architecture, civility (motorists readily yield to pedestrians), and generally family-friendly atmosphere. It survives because it gives people -- or, more correctly, a specific subset of people -- the vacation experience they seek. (Session 19, "From the Pages of History to the Screen: The Role of Archives in HBO's Boardwalk Empire")
  • Heather Perez and Shannon O'Neill (Atlantic City Free Public Library): The HBO show Boardwalk Empire has resulted in 75 percent increase in reference questions, and the volume spikes immediately after season premieres. In an effort to meet the public demand for information about the city's Prohibition-era history, the library has developed a Web site that uses the show as an entry point into the city's history and has stepped up its collection of 1920s materials. (Session 19, "From the Pages of History to the Screen: The Role of Archives in HBO's Boardwalk Empire")
Photo: The former Bell Shields House, built ca. 1880, at the corner of Hughes and Decatur Streets, Cape May, New Jersey, 14 April 2012. This massive residence is now called "The Empress." The current owners refurbished the home -- and added a lot of decorative woodwork to the exterior -- with the intent of turning it into a bed and breakfast, but they were so taken with the finished result that they opted to keep to themselves and to their friends and relatives, at least for a little while. Click here for interesting "before" and "after" photos.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cape May, New Jersey

Tomorrow, I'll pull together a wrap-up post highlighting all of the interesting tidbits I learned at the Spring 2012 meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. However, Today's post will focus on the meeting's charming host city: Cape May, New Jersey.

The first European settlers came to Cape May, the southernmost point in New Jersey, in the late seventeenth century, and the city first became a tourist destination in the early 19th century. For much of the 19th century, it was one of the most prominent resorts in the country.

The city's chief attraction is, of course, its sandy beach, which the city and state are trying mightily to protect from erosion. Of course, when one is strolling along the shoreline on a peaceful spring evening, the fragility of Cape May's coast doesn't weigh heavily upon one's mind.

Many of the hotels on eastern Beach Avenue, which runs parallel to Cape May Beach, were built during the early or mid-20th century. The Kate McCreary House at 1005 Beach Avenue, which was probably designed by the firm of Zantziger, Borie, and Medary and built in 1922-1924, is one of them. Local residents have long referred to it as the "Mae West House" on account of its protruding porches, and the current owners have capitalized on this fact by naming it the "May West House."

However, owing to an 1878 fire that destroyed much of the city's center, many of the extant buildings in the heart of the city were built during the late Victorian era. Congress Hall, the conference hotel, is one of the most significant of these late 19th-century structures. The hotel, which was designed by J.F. Meyer, hosted a number of current and former Presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, and Benjamin Harrison, who made the hotel into the "summer White House" and conducted affairs of state within its facilities. Composer John Philip Sousa was also a frequent guest.

The William and C.S. Church-designed Colonial Hotel, which was built in 1894-1895 and expanded in 1905, is another fine example of a late Victorian hotel on Beach Avenue.

Noted American architect Stephen Decatur Button designed a substantial number of the hotels and private residences that were built in the wake of the 1878 fire. The E.C. Knight House at 203 Congress Place is an excellent example of his work.

The Jacob Neafie House at 26-30 Congress Avenue predates the 1878 fire: it was built in 1865-1866. Several other structures on Congress Avenue also survived the flames.

This modest but charming home on Perry Street is likely another survivor of the fire.

A significant number of the homes in Cape May are shingle-style structures. This home on Ocean Street is a fine example.

The home at 102 Ocean Street was built in 1881-1882 for the family of Cape May native and Delaware River pilot Douglas Gregory. It is now part of a cluster of four homes that comprises the Queen Victoria Bed and Breakfast.

The Queen Anne-style home at 26 Ocean Street was built in 1886 as a summer home for William Essen and his family, who had immigrated from Germany. Now it's home to the Columbia House guesthouse.

This Ocean Street shingle-style home has a porch that was almost certainly added some time after the home was built. It's a bit of a visual hodgepodge, but attractive nonetheless.

I'm a sucker for wood-frame Gothic Revival churches. This structure on Franklin Street, which is several blocks away from the beach, which was designed by C.H. Brown and built in 1879, lost its steeple in a storm at some point in the early 20th century. It was home to the First Baptist Church until 1916, and for several decades afterward it served as a Methodist church. It now houses condominiums.

I love this simple yet elegant window.

This modest home sits directly opposite the former First Baptist Church. It's older, smaller, and plainer than the late Victorian homes closer to the shore. However, the sign in front of the building explains its significance: it was built in 1846 for Stephen Smith, an African-American clergyman and abolitionist who owned a Philadelphia lumber business. Smith was a wealthy man, and the simplicity of his summer home contrasts greatly with that of the large, ornate seasonal residences that were built closer to the shore in the decades that followed the 1878 fire. One wonders whether other affluent people built similar homes prior to the Civil War or whether Smith, who was verbally and physically attacked during the Philadelphia race riots of 1834 and 1835, felt compelled to keep a low profile.

If you ever get the chance to visit Cape May, by all means do so. It's a lovely place.

Note: unless otherwise indicated, all information about the history of the structures depicted above is taken from Wikipedia, s.v. Cape May Historic District.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

MARAC Spring 2012: Fundamentals of Electronic Records

The Spring 2012 meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference featured two sessions focusing on electronic records, and the second session, "Fundamentals of Electronic Records," took place earlier today.

My colleague Michael Martin opened the session by discussing how the New York State Archives typically conducts appraisals. Regardless of format, we compile information about the history of the unit that created or currently maintains the records, the disposition of similar records created by other agencies, similar records already in our holdings, and published research that makes use of similar records. We also look for records disposition schedules for similar or related records, and pertinent state and federal laws and regulations. We then meet with creators to determine the contents of the files, identify any major gaps, examine blank forms or computer reports, and assess the environment in which the records are housed. All of this research forms the basis for formal appraisal reports that assess the legal, administrative, environmental, and research value of the records, identify major preservation and access issues, and recommend specific records management, accessioning, and preservation actions.

When appraising electronic records, we push against creator assumptions that aren't always accurate: that gaps won't exist, that volume won't be an issue, that everything can be easily found, and that passively managed records will remain accessible over time. We also complete a supplemental technical appraisal. We make it a point to speak not only to agency records managers and records creators but also agency IT personnel, and we gather information about the name of the system in which the records are housed, the type(s) of records present, ownership of the records, the hardware and software environment, the size of the system, the physical location of the hardware housing the system, how often records are retrieved and used, the accuracy and completeness of the data, and the existence and location of backup copies. The technical appraisal also assesses the long-term resource commitments needed to ensure that the records will remain accessible over time.

Sibyl Shaefer and Laura Montgomery of the Rockefeller Archive Center focused on the accessioning and ingestion of electronic records. The Rockefeller Archive Center has a sizable backlog of unprocessed records, some of which consist of a mix of paper records and electronic records on legacy media. The digital archivists are searching through boxes, removing legacy media, and producing basic preservation copies of the electronic records, but the paper records may not be processed for some time after this sifting takes place. As a result, the possibility that the relationship between the paper and electronic records will be permanently severed is quite real. In order to ensure that this doesn't happen, Shaefer and Montgomery document the removal of the electronic media in the Resources module (the Accessioning module isn't sufficiently flexible) in their instance of the Archivist's Toolkit (our accessioning workflow is still paper-centric, so for now we're documenting separations of this nature on paper). When the repository receives new accessions, staff conduct a quick survey of the collection, remove the digital media, attach tracking sheets to each piece of media, and create a collection record in the Archivist's Toolkit that documents the removal of the media.

The Rockefeller Archive Center uses Archivematica to ingest electronic records and create item-level preservation and administrative metadata and Submission Information Package-level description metadata. At present, rights issues are a real concern: many of the collections that consist of a mix of paper and electronic records are covered by old donor agreements that make no reference to electronic records, online access, or related issues. Staff eventually hope to enter all information about rights issues into Archivematica at the point of ingest and have it reflected in the PREMIS metadata that Archivematica creates upon ingest.

Jeanne Kramer-Smyth of the World Bank Archives (and author of the always awesome Spellbound Blog) concluded the session with a provocative assessment of issues relating to access. Noting that records aren't truly accessible unless they're also understandable and meaningful, she highlighted the importance of making sure that preservation actions don't inadvertently alter the significant properties of records. For example, the New York Public Library archivist who processed the papers of Jonathan Larsen, the creator of the musical Rent, discovered a mystifying one-line inconsistency in the Microsoft Word 5.1 file containing the lyrics to one of the songs: when opened in an emulator, the line read "before the virus [HIV] strikes." When opened in Microsoft Word 5.1, the line was completely different. Only after opening the file in a hex editor did the archivist figure out what was going on: Microsoft Word 5.1 had a save feature that embedded revisions at the end of the file, but the emulator wasn't configured to read and apply these changes. Had the archivist not taken the precaution of opening the file in its native environment, he or she might have decided that the emulator was a reliable preservation and access tool for Microsoft Word 5.1 files.

As Kramer-Smyth pointed out, migrating files from one format to another can also cause problems: loss of information, loss of fidelity (i.e., changes in appearance or behavior), loss of authenticity/legal admissibility, and the likelihood that migration will have to be performed repeatedly. Moreover, in some instances, it may not be possible to migrate files. In others, one may have to pull records into an emulated environment prior to migrating them

Kramer-Smyth also highlighted a couple of intriguing emulation environments. Basilisk II emulates older Macintosh environments, and Dioscuri provides a universal virtual computer that enables you to run a variety of operating systems and software applications, and all you need to do in order to keep it usable is migrate its interface over time. However, she stressed once again that emulation has its limitations: you need to mimic hardware (a particular concern when attempting to replicate the original user experience), you need to preserve the original operating system and application software, and software licensing issues are a matter of enduring concern.

Despite the limitations of migration and emulation, in the end we will probably have to embrace both approaches: migration can keep electronic files accessible in the relative short term, and emulation will likely be needed in the longer term.

In closing, Kramer-Smyth offered a few intriguing thoughts about end user access:
  • In most instances, we will not construct electronic reading rooms akin to the onsite reading rooms that enable us to provide access to paper materials. However, in instances in which specialized hardware is called for or we want to ensure that users don't copy or disseminate materials that are legally restricted or have intellectual property restrictions, we may require users to visit our physical repositories.
  • We may create virtual reading rooms at some point in the future, but at present most of us have neither the technological resources nor the volume of electronic files needed to make this approach workable.
  • NARA and Maine's Office of GIS allow users to download electronic records in a variety of formats, and we may want to consider embracing this user-centered approach.
I'm heading back to Albany in a little while, but tomorrow I'll put together a post that highlights some of the other tidbits I picked up at MARAC and the beauty that is Cape May. If you ever get the chance to visit this charming little city, by all means do so.

Photo: the Joseph and John Steiner Cottages at 22 and 24 Congress Street, Cape May, New Jersey, 13 April 2012. These homes, which have signs indicating that they were built in 1848, aren't as large or as ornate as many other Cape May Victorians, but they have a sweet charm all their own.

Friday, April 13, 2012

MARAC Spring 2012: Preservation and Conservation of Captured and Born Digital Materials

I'm in Cape May, New Jersey for the Spring 2012 meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and am temporarily closing the Electronic Records Archivists Local 0011000 Hiring Hall so that I can blog about some of the conference sessions and the loveliness of Cape May.

I was really looking forward to the first session, "Preservation and Conservation of Captured and Born Digital Materials," and it more than met my expectations. However, I must state upfront that I slept so wretchedly that I've been making dumb mistakes all day. The following post may contain a few more. Caveat lector!

Isiah Beard of Rutgers University's Scholarly Communications Center, which oversees the university's FEDORA-based institutional repository, kicked off the session by furnishing a definition of the still-mysterious concept of digital curation (per the Digital Curation Centre, it's the creation, preservation, maintenance, collection, and archiving of digital objects) and highlighting the factors that make digital objects more fragile than their analog counterparts:
  • the ease with which electronic files can be deleted or destroyed
  • file format and software dependence (a particular problem with the highly proprietary niche formats that house vast quantities of research data)
  • the speed with which storage media become technologically obsolete
  • the distance and disconnection with which many creators regard materials that don't have appreciable physical form (a pervasive and, in my opinion, all too often overlooked problem)
He then focused on the digital curation lifecycle, a multi-tiered, continuous, and iterative process in which digital objects are evaluated, preserved, maintained, verified, and re-evaluated as the hardware and software environment evolves. Beard and his colleagues often begin the evaluation process by meeting with the creators and asking them to discuss how the materials were created and used, and then engage in a "controlled chaos" (what an apt description of electronic records work!) of evaluating the materials, taking stock of the software, systems, and recording apparatus needed to keep them accessible. They also attempt to determine the file format that will best keep the content accessible over time (which sometimes means keeping them in industry standard proprietary formats) and how users will access the materials. This work culminates in the production of file format-specific guides that outline how incoming materials encoded in a given file format will be handled. All of these guides are periodically reexamined and revised.

In keeping with emerging best practices, Beard and his colleagues migrate some files to new formats in order to increase the chance that they'll remain accessible over time, but always retain a preservation master of the file in its original format and do any needed migration work on derivative copies.

Tim Pyatt of Pennsylvania State University's Special Collections Library highlighted some of the problems associated with current mechanisms for making digitized and born digital materials accessible. At present, many archives provide access to some materials via their traditional research rooms and to other via their online catalogs, their own Web sites, Web sites hosted by creators, social media, and sites hosted by service providers such as the Internet Archive and OCLC; with the exception of linking to sites maintained by creators, my own institution is doing all of these things. As we all know, from an end user's perspective, the proliferation of information silos is mystifying and frustrating. He discussed some of Penn State's strategies for reducing the chaos -- ensuring that every image placed on Flickr has detailed metadata pointing back to Special Collections, including links to an archival Web site now maintained on Penn State's servers in the finding aid describing the collection to which it belongs -- and then identified several repositories that are doing a better job of unifying access:
  • "Good": Duke University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library pulls item-level metadata from finding aids and creates discovery pages that furnish access to digital surrogates of paper-based archival materials. However, at present, none of these discovery pages provide access to born-digital objects.
  • "Better": the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Special Collections Library finding aid platform fully integrates digitized content into finding aids. Clicking on a folder listing in the finding aid will bring up any digital surrogates of items present in the physical folder.
  • "Best": Duraspace's Hypatia application, which is currently under development and which promises to provide a single application that will support accessioning, arrangement, description, discovery, delivery, and long term preservation of born-digital archival collections
Gretchen Gueguen of the University of Virginia's Special Collections Library discussed the Born Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship (AIMS), a two-year, Mellon-funded initiative to develop a framework for stewardship of born-digital materials found in of personal papers held by collecting repositories (and which is also responsible for development of Hypatia). The framework focuses on collection development (i.e., policy and infrastructure), accessioning (physical and intellectual control), arrangement and description, and discovery and access; given that many other initiatives have focused on digital preservation, the project partners decided not to focus on this aspect of stewardship.

The University of Virginia is currently focusing on collection development and accessioning and is establishing policies and developing preliminary workflows. At present, it's revising its donor and depositor agreements to address copyright, access, and ownership issues; in a digital world in which numerous identical copies of a given file may exist, ownership issues are a particular challenge. It's also developing a feasibility testing procedure that addresses a lot of questions that will have to be answered in order to take in and care for digital materials (e.g., file formats, hardware and software needs, need for file format migration or normalization). It will then move on to developing transfer procedures.

While all of this work is going on, Gueguen and her colleagues are also taking steps to deal with the vast array of damaged and obsolete media currently lurking within their collections. They're in the midst of inventorying their legacy media and trying to get data off this media and into a safe and readily accessible (at least to staff) place. (Hunting down legacy media was one of the first things I did when I was an electronic records archivist, but my repository helped to pioneer the More Product, Less Process approach to processing paper records, and as a result my colleagues and I still find floppies and Zip disks lurking in boxes every now and then. We've also discovered that a sizable percentage of this newly discovered media contains non-record material such as retirement party fliers. However, we're a government archives; a special collections unit might have cause to keep similar files found within collections of personal papers.)

When pulling data off legacy and damaged media, Gueguen and her colleagues use a nifty Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device that has a host of SCSI and other ports, built-in drives (5.5" and 3.5" floppy disk, tape, CD/DVD/BluRay, and others), 2 TB of storage, and uses Forensic Toolkit (FTK) digital forensics software to reveal hidden and deleted files (which the University of Virginia doesn't accession), look for possible Social Security Numbers, credit card numbers, and other sensitive data, and extract some metadata. The software is expensive and its output is encoded in proprietary XML, and the device itself is expensive. However, the enterprising archivist can build a similar (albeit far less elegant) hardware array out of component parts, and the Mellon-funded BitCurator project, which may result in creation of an open source, archivally oriented analytic tool might prove to be an alternative to FTK and other proprietary digital forensics tools (I suspect that, for the time being, some of the Open Source Digital Forensics tools might be the best option for archives with limited budgets). They're also using using Archivematica for creation of preservation metadata and access derivatives.

Photo: The Dr. Henry Hunt House at 209 Congress Place, Cape May, New Jersey, 13 April 2012. Cape May is renowned for its Victorian architecture, and this George Stretch-built home, which was built in 1881 and augmented in the 1890s, is a fine example. Can you spot the bunny?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Colgate University is looking for an Assistant Archivist

Another posting I overlooked -- and unusual in that it targets "early career" archivists. Most repositories hiring electronic records archivists aim to recruit mid-career professionals, and it's nice to see a job posting that promises to give a newer archivist the opportunity to start doing a little hands-on electronic records work.

If you've got a modest amount of professional experience and live in or are open to the idea of living in one of upstate New York's prettiest spots, Colgate University is hiring an Assistant Archivist.

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Position Summary
Reporting to the Head of Special Collections and University Archivist, the Assistant Archivist accessions, arranges, describes and preserves the records of the university and other related collections. The Assistant Archivist also participates in records management activities for university records, including the management of electronic records. In collaboration with other members of the library’s Digital Commons team, she or he acquires content for the university’s institutional repository and creates or revises policies and submission procedures. The Assistant Archivist supervises the student workers and manages the department’s reading room. She or he provides reference services to members of the Colgate community and other researchers and manages reproduction requests. In addition to supporting the department’s general instructional and outreach programs, the Assistant Archivist works closely with the Head of Special Collections and University Archivist to support research being conducted in classes and for the university’s bicentennial celebrations.

Required Qualifications
  • Master's Degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution with a focus in archival studies
  • Successful demonstrable experience in archival processing
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles of arrangement and description of archival collections and knowledge of archival best practices
  • Working knowledge of current metadata and descriptive standards, including DACS and EAD
  • Knowledge of preservation standards and best practices
  • Strong organizational skills and written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent computer and technical skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to work a schedule which includes some evening, weekend, and holiday hours
Desirable Qualifications
  • 1-2 years of professional archives experience
  • Experience providing reference services in an archives or manuscripts repository
  • Proficiency working with Archivists' Toolkit and/or collection management systems
  • Experience working with MARC records
  • Experience working with college or university archives records
  • Experience with records management
  • Knowledge of digital preservation best practices
  • Proficiency working with Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Photoshop
  • Proficiency working with digital content systems, such as ContentDM, Omeka, and bepress’ Digital Commons
  • Ability to lift and shelve boxes weighing up to 40 pounds
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If you're interested in this position, apply as soon as possible: review of applications will start on 13 April and will continue until the position is filled. A detailed listing of job duties is available here, and complete application instructions are available here.

SFMOMA seeks Archivist/Records Manager

Don't know how I missed this one.

If you live in the Bay Area or are willing to relocate, have both records management and archival experience, and want to work in a world-class art museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is seeking an Archivist/Records Manager.

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Employer Information
SFMOMA is dedicated to making the art of our time a vital and meaningful part of public life. For that reason we assemble unparalleled collections, create exhilarating exhibitions, and develop engaging public programs. In all of these endeavors, we are guided by our enduring commitment to fostering creativity and embracing new ways of seeing the world.

Job Description
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is seeking one full time Archivist/Records Manager. The Archivist/Records Manager is responsible for organizing, and processing designated collections within the Archives collection, establishing physical and intellectual control, and creating detailed paper and electronic finding aids. The Archivist/Records Manager, in collaboration with the Head of the Research Library and Archives, is also responsible for establishing, managing, and implementing a Records Management Program (RMP). The Archivist/Records Manager reports to the Head of the Research Library and Archives.

Essential Responsibilities
Supervise archives and records management staff. Coordinate volunteers and interns. Hire and train new volunteers and staff. Establish a RMP, paper and electronic; update the database and inventory from the institution wide inventory completed 3/2011. Expand as necessary. Oversee legal research for records retention (RRS) and disposition (RDS) schedules. Write RRS and RDS, coordinate staff records management training, and implement the RMP. Prepare RMP policies and procedures manual. Assist in planning for the impending move of staff records and unprocessed institutional records currently in off-site storage locations. Survey the archives collections, ongoing, in order to propose arrangement, including retention and disposal criteria. Physically reorganize the collections in accordance with the arrangement schema. Re-folder, re-box, and re-house the collections. Prepare finding aids in three formats: paper, MARC, and EAD. Contribute finding aids to bibliographic utilities.

Minimum qualifications
Education and Training: MLIS from an ALA-accredited program with course work in records management and archives administration or Masters in archival management with a CRM certificate desired. Certified archivist and/or records manager preferred. Comprehensive knowledge of current records management -- paper and electronic -- and archival methods, procedures, tools, and techniques, including preservation trends and applications.

Work Experience: Minimum of 3-5 years experience working with institutional records (paper and electronic) within a RMP, processing archives, and preparing finding aids. Experience having established an RMP from the ground up preferred. Minimum of 2 - 3 years of administrative experience in an art or museum archives setting.

Skills and Abilities: Familiarity with computer-based information resources, especially in the area of database creation for archives and RMP. Experience working with MARC and EAD; working knowledge of XML; knowledge of current archival/RMP arrangement and description standards; knowledge of APPM, familiarity with DACS, AACR2r, and LC authority files. Demonstrated knowledge of current models, standards, and guidelines for efficient records management, paper and electronic. Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with others as well as demonstrated ability to work independently. Proven oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated leadership skills including ability to promote archives/RMP issues and needs. Ability to be flexible and responsive to an evolving work environment.

Working Conditions
Physical Demands: Ability to carry out physical maneuvers associated with RMP/archives work that may include lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, kneeling, climbing, balancing, stooping, crouching, and reaching. Ability to lift 40 lb. boxes and work within a dusty environment.

Special Environmental Factors: Basement setting.
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No word as to salary or closing date. This posting's been circulating for a while, so if you're interested in this position, submit your application as soon as possible. More information is available here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Johns Hopkins University is looking for a Records Management Archivist

If you live in or around the Baltimore area or if the idea of relocating to the Charm City appeals to you, Johns Hopkins University is hiring a Records Management Archivist (Librarian II) who will be responsible for working with both paper and electronic records.

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General Description
Reporting to the University Archivist, the Records Management Archivist will oversee the university’s records management program. The Records Management Archivist will take the lead in carrying out the operational requirements that result from policies and procedures governing the management of university records that exist in both print and digital form. The Records Management Archivist and University Archivist will share in the creation of records retention schedules, outreach to academic departments and administrative offices, and preservation of vital university records.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Works with the University Archivist to set and implement policies governing the management of university records in both print and digital format
  • Strategizes with the University Archivist to document university activities on an enterprise scale
  • Consults with university offices to determine records management needs
  • Leads on the preparation of records retention schedules
  • Monitors compliance with records retention schedules and updates schedules accordingly so that they support legal and regulatory requirements, university policies, and archival best practices
  • Evaluates and selects tools to ingest, accession, process, preserve, and authenticate born-digital archives
  • Creates a plan for accessioning born-digital records that accords with best practices and integrates with current procedures for accessioning print records
  • Coordinates the aforementioned plan with key stakeholders, such as Systems, Information Technology, and the Digital Research and Curation Center
  • Collaborates with the Manuscripts Archivist to improve collection control of both university and non-university records
Additional Information
The Sheridan Libraries encompass the Milton S. Eisenhower Library and its collections at the John Work Garrett Library, the George Peabody Library, the Albert D. Hutzler Reading Room, and the DC Centers. Its primary constituency is the students and faculty in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Carey Business School and the School of Education. A key partner in the academic enterprise, the library is a leader in the innovative application of information technology and has implemented notable diversity and organizational development programs. The Sheridan Libraries are strongly committed to diversity. A strategic goal of the Libraries is to 'work toward achieving diversity when recruiting new and promoting existing staff.' The Libraries prize initiative, creativity, professionalism, and teamwork. For information on the Sheridan Libraries, visit
  • ALA-accredited MSLIS or equivalent degree required with a concentration in records management or archives
  • Two years related experience.
  • Knowledge of the creation and management of records retention schedules
  • Familiarity with the functions of an archives, library, or information organization in an academic setting
  • Deep understanding of best practices for managing and preserving born-digital records
  • Knowledge of functional approaches to archives and records management
  • Knowledge of archival metadata standards
  • Familiarity with outreach strategies; experience demonstrated by previous success in expanding user base or collections preferred
  • Excellent project management skills and service orientation; demonstrated ability to drive multiple complex projects simultaneously
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Experience working in a collaborative environment including working with people with diverse backgrounds
  • Sound judgment and the ability to handle responsibilities with both discretion and independence
  • Demonstrated appropriate initiative with the highest degree of integrity and professionalism
  • Exceptional oral, written, and visual communication skills
  • Strong commitment to team-based management and quality service; ability to embrace change.
Preferred qualifications
  • Experience creating and managing records retention schedules
  • Knowledge of electronic records management software
  • ARMA Record and Information Management certification
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Salary is negotiable, and the "approximate starting range" is $45,000-$60,000. A pre-employment background check will be conducted.

If you're interested in this position, more information is available here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is looking for an Electronic Records Archivist

I don't want this blog to turn into Electronic Records Archivists Local 00110000 Hiring Hall, and I promise that I'll return to posting about other things soon. However, I think it's important to publicize these postings as widely as possible, and I also think it's important to preserve them for future reference. Whenever I come across a new posting, I'll reproduce it here.

Are you an experienced electronic records who either lives or would like to live in the Research Triangle? If so, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill wants to hear from you.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a creative, collaborative, enthusiastic professional for the position of Electronic Records Archivist. Reporting to the University Archivist and Head of University Archives and Records Management Services (UARMS), the Electronic Records Archivist will have a particular focus on the management, acquisition, appraisal, description, and preservation of born-digital institutional records with historical, evidential, or administrative value to the university. The Electronic Records Archivist will be responsible for supporting UNC faculty, students, and staff with information, training, and assistance in depositing digital materials into the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR), and for working with the CDR Steering Committee and with policy, programming, and other staff to define and implement repository policies, workflows, and capabilities.

The Electronic Records Archivist will work closely with staff in the Carolina Digital Library and Archives, Library Systems, Information Technology Services, Enterprise Resource Planning, University Counsel, and other units to ensure the appropriate management of born-digital records and that the CDR aligns with the needs of the UNC community. Additionally, the individual in this position will work with UNC faculty, students, and staff to raise awareness and knowledge of the CDR. Working with librarians, faculty, heads of the various academic, administrative, and research units on campus, students, and other university staff, the Electronic Records Archivist will identify materials that would be appropriate to include in the CDR, explaining expectations, policies, and workflows, providing services, training, and support, and investigating and resolving access issues. The individual in this position will participate in the development and implementation of policies and workflows that govern the ingest and management of digital materials in the CDR, including those regarding appropriate content, metadata standards, and access conditions. Additionally, the Electronic Records Archivist will contribute to the planning and development of the CDR, participate in the testing of CDR functionality and the planning of needed changes, and ensure that the CDR is aligned and integrated with other UNC systems as appropriate.

The Electronic Records Archivist will facilitate the acquisition and transfer of born-digital institutional records to the University Archives, assisting UARMS staff with outreach to University departments on the acquisition of born-digital institutional records, and developing training for University staff in the proper management of born-digital institutional records. The individual in this position will also provide expert advice and consulting to other Library staff on issues concerning born-digital materials.

Additionally, the Electronic Records Archivist will supervise graduate research assistants, interns, and fellows; will manage grant and other externally funded support for born-digital materials and electronic records management on an as-needed basis; and will represent the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and its libraries at appropriate conferences and meetings relative to born-digital materials, electronic records management, and institutional repositories.


ALA accredited master's degree in library or information science or advanced degree in archives administration, public history or other relevant field. Coursework or experience resulting in knowledge of principles and practices governing the management and preservation of digital materials. Comprehensive knowledge of electronic records management principles and practices, and digital preservation theory and practice. Understanding of principles of database management, enterprise architecture, and systems analysis. Demonstrated project management experience. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, programmers, and library and curatorial staff. Knowledge of metadata standards, reformatting guidelines, grant writing, and issues pertaining to institutional repositories. Superior interpersonal, communication, and writing skills. Evidence of commitment to the archival profession by memberships and participation in professional associations. Record of ongoing professional development and contribution.


Administrative and supervisory experience. Superior problem solving ability. Prior academic library or higher education work experience.

The University and The Libraries

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country's oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day's drive from Chapel Hill.

The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2012. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply
Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

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