Senior Librarian - Digital Archivist

Fort Worth
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Created: September 29, 2013


The Fort Worth Library is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Senior Librarian Digital Archivist. The qualified candidate will demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques and trends in archival theory and concepts; archives management; and knowledge of general print and electronic information resources. Must be knowledgeable in the legal, fiscal, administrative and historical value of archive records including experience in evaluating, appraising, accessioning, processing, and preservation techniques for archive collections. A minimum of two years of professional experience in a manuscript, archival or special collections setting is required.

This position is responsible for supporting the units ongoing operations, including digitization and publication of archive collections to the Librarys Digital Archives; selection and collection development; organization and description of archival collections; reference/research services by telephone, e-mail, and in person; and developing innovative approaches to deliver superior customer service.

Skills / Requirements

The following education and/or experience are the minimum standards which provide the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position:

Masters Degree in library science or information science from an ALA accredited school PLUS 2 years increasingly responsible professional library and digital archives experience. Training and supervisory experience in archives management, experience using a digital file management system, and creation of MARC record formats as set by the Library of Congress standards is preferred. Working some evenings and weekends is required. Preference will be given to applicants who are Certified Archivists.

Experience in development and digitization of archive collections; knowledge of metadata schemes used in the development of archival finding aids; and Library of Congress MARC records standards and formats is preferred. Experience with a digital asset management system is required, preferably CONTENTdm; the ability to oversee and administrate a digital archive including selection of digital collections; collection and server rights selection; digital conversion; website customization; and publication of digital content. The ability to learn new programming languages is required. Must work with accuracy and attention to detail and possess the ability to follow technical instructions and to resolve digital asset management software issues.


The successful candidate will advise the library on industry changes to file formats; prepare proposals for external funding for digital preservation projects; prepare specifications for vended services; and provide leadership in adopting new digital asset management technologies to ensure best practices. Excellent organizational skills; an awareness of current trends in collection development; strong Internet and computer skills; a track record of successful adult programming for diverse communities; well-developed communication and interpersonal skills; the ability to work independently, in a team setting, and to supervise archive projects; and the capacity to handle multiple tasks are also qualifications necessary for this position. Must have a strong commitment to public service and enjoy working directly with the public.

Preference may be given for additional education, knowledge, experience and/or certification as it relates to the position.

MISC. REQUIREMENTS:WORKING CONDITIONS Library environment; exposure to computer screens. Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for moderate or light lifting; sitting, walking or standing for prolonged periods of time.


Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013 09:28 UTC

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