Sunday, March 15, 2015

Texas A&M is looking for a Digital Archivist

I've you've got real-world electronic records experience, want to work for a large research university, and live or want to live in central Texas, you just might be Texas A&M's new Digital Archivist:
Texas A&M University Libraries seeks a creative and dynamic professional to join the Texas A&M University Libraries as a Digital Archivist. This is a non-tenure track “clinical” faculty position. Successful candidates will be expected to engage in professional service activities, consistent with the Libraries’ and University’s requirements for promotion.

Reporting to the Director of Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, the Digital Archivist will establish and maintain a digital archiving program in collaboration with the University Archivist, Digital Preservation Librarian, Cushing archivists and curators, and other Libraries units. Responsibilities include: processing, describing, and providing access to born-digital and digitized archival and special collections materials; demonstrate initiative and innovation in developing and implementing processes for archiving current and legacy electronic and digital materials including document, image, and audio/video files, email, web sites, social media; and digital primary materials acquired on formats such as tape, floppy disks, hard drives, Compact Discs, and mobile devices. Additional responsibilities include acquiring and maintaining legacy hardware and software that may be necessary for providing access to digital materials. Working with the University Libraries Preservation unit, the Digital Archivist will aid in the development, documentation, and implementation of a digital preservation plan as it pertains to Cushing Memorial Library and Archives collections. The Digital Archivist will educate and raise awareness of digital archives issues and concerns within the Libraries, as well as contribute to Cushing outreach activities to the campus and community. The individual also participates in committees and administrative groups, as appropriate.

Required Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution (or International equivalent)
  • A minimum of two years of professional experience working in the area of digital archiving
  • Knowledge of current trends, tools, and protocols in digital archiving and preservation
  • Understanding of principles and techniques for archiving of web sites, email, social media, and other online primary sources
  • Familiarity with metadata standards relevant to the archival control of digital collection materials such as EAD, Dublin Core, MODS, or PREMIS
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse population
Desired Qualifications
  • Knowledge of forensic technologies utilized by the archival or cultural heritage communities for harvesting, managing, and preserving born-digital and digitized archival and special collections material
  • Knowledge of legal and ethical issues affecting digital archival and special collections objects
  • Experience with Digital Asset Management Systems
  • Familiarity with major archival software and tools (e.g., Archon, ArchivesSpace, Archive-It)
  • Experience with the creation of online exhibits
  • Relevant coursework or certification in the field of Digital Archives
Applications received by 30 March 2015 will receive first consideration. The successful candiadate's salary and faculty ranking will be "commensurate with qualifications and experience." Texas A&M offers a "health plan and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA-CREF; paid holidays and vacation;" and funding for professional development. For more information and detailed application instructions, consult the position description.

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