DescriptionPosting Number 101220
Position Title Digital Archivist
Type of Position Staff
Under the direction of the University Archivist, the Digital Archivist's primary focus is to provide leadership and management of existing collections (such as photographs, newspaper articles, year books, videos, and museum items), including the ingestion, annotation, metadata schema and authority control, cataloging, storage, and retrieval of digital assets; and supervise the digitization and dissemination of information to patrons and the campus community.
Essential Job Functions
1. Digitize photographs, newspaper articles, year books, and museum materials and maintain assets in a digital asset management system.
2. Supervise and train staff, interns, and volunteers on digital curation and the digital collection management software.
3. Develop and implement workflows and processes enabling the effective acquisition, description, access, management, and preservation of digital content. Develop appropriate metadata and authority control standards.
4. Create procedures and protocols and establish a sustainable workflow for the digital asset management infrastructure. Establish procedures for future migration of assets while retaining authenticity, context, and reliability of assets. Collaborate with the Multimedia and IT Departments for the transfer of born-digital media assets to the digital repository.
5. Process photographs, negatives, and slides: research, arrange, describe, and prepare finding aids. Create displays to showcase archival holdings.
6. Develop guidelines, practices and strategies for the preservation of photographs, negatives, and slides, including selection criteria, handling, and storage.
7. Respond to a wide variety of inquiries and requests for research assistance from inside and outside the campus community.
8. Develop workshops and presentations to educate and promote the use of the on-line digital collections. Develop outreach materials to raise awareness of the collections.
9. Actively research and procure additional photograph collections within and without the university. Research grants and funding where appropriate.
10. Stay abreast of emerging standards and professional best practices for a sustainable digital repository. Attend regional and national conferences and workshops.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Individuals must possess the knowledge, as well as the following skills and abilities or be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
1. Knowledge of archival theory, standards, and practices and their implementation.
2. Knowledge of conservation and preservation needs of photographs, negatives, and slides.
3. An understanding of historical research methods in both primary and secondary resources.
4. Knowledge of principles of digital preservation, curation, and stewardship.
5. Knowledge of metadata and authority control standards. Ability to effectively communicate with others.
6. Knowledge of copyright law and managing rights in digital data ownership.
7. Ability to effectively plan and manage projects from vision to implementation.
8. Strong organization and self-management skills and attention to detail.
9. Knowledge of image file formats and quality measures.
Bachelors of Science degree. Course work or Certificate in Digital Curation.
A Masters in Library & Information Science or Masters in Museum Studies preferred.
Have one-two years of relevant experience in archival administration and implementation of policies, standards, and procedures for stewardship of digital material. Experience processing photograph collections or museum curating. Experience with ContentDM preferred.
Open Until Filled
To read the complete announcement and apply, please search for posting number 101220 on the Western University of Health Sciences career page
Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:44 UTC