Digital Archivist

San Diego
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Created: July 24, 2014


The Digital Archivist is a new position shared between Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) and the Digital Library Development Program (DLDP). Reporting to the directors of both programs (60% in SC&A; 40% in DLDP), the Digital Archivist will be responsible for leading efforts to appraise, preserve, describe, and provide access and security to born-digital materials collected by the UC San Diego Library. Their work will have an emphasis on archival, manuscript, and other special collections materials, particularly digital content and electronic records received by SC&A. They will also work with UC San Diego collections in the California Digital Library’s Web Archiving Service (WAS), as well as with other selected born-digital materials. The Digital Archivist will also:

• Arrange & describe born-digital content according to evolving best practices and the UC Guidelines on Efficient Processing of Manuscript & Archival Materials
• Develop processes for accessioning, ingesting, processing, describing, and preserving born-digital materials acquired by UC San Diego selectors, as well as digital materials included in personal and organizational collections;
• Provide support for the management of born-digital materials, particularly those pertaining to UC San Diego and/or generated by units of the UC San Diego campus, advising on the appropriate capture, management, discovery, and preservation strategy for such;
• Evaluate proposed acquisitions of born-digital material with the Program Directors, the Supervisory Archivist, and other UC San Diego selectors, as appropriate;
• Develop & document work flow across campus and library units in order to support the preservation, access, and security of born digital materials into the future;
• Deliver born-digital content to discovery & delivery platforms in collaboration with other library information specialists;
• Provide direction for the organization, management, and preservation of selected web-based resources, including, when appropriate, management through the Library’s Digital Asses Management System (DAMS) and preservation through web archiving;
• Advise on digital content storage needs;
• Coordinate web archiving projects with appropriate UC San Diego Library specialists, CDL support staff, and colleagues from other UC campuses, as required;
• Coordinate with metadata specialists on the cataloging of born-digital materials and their exposure in library catalogs, the Library’s DAMS, as well as other UC and national digital repositories.

Minimum Qualification

• Professional degree from a library school or other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields relevant to library science;
• Strong command of archival theory and best practices, especially as they relate to the particular issues posed by born-digital content;
• Experience processing born-digital materials;
• Knowledge of digital forensics and other protocols used by the archival community for accessioning, ingesting, processing, describing, and preserving born-digital materials;
• Knowledge of legal & ethical issues affecting privacy, records restrictions, and access, as they pertain to born-digital materials;
• Knowledge of current trends and protocols in digital archiving;
• Familiarity with metadata and other standards relevant to the control of digital materials such as OAIS, EAD, DACS, Dublin Core, MODS, PREMIS, and XML;
• Familiarity with trends in arrangement, description & management of born-digital materials
• Excellent analytical, interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills, as well as excellent written and oral communication abilities;
• Ability to work creatively, independently, and collaboratively.
• Demonstrated strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience processing analog archival materials
• Society of American Archivists Digital Archivist Specialist certificate, or courses toward its completion
• Knowledge of web archiving and data curation practices
• Ability to articulate highly technical concepts and requirements to a variety of audiences
• Knowledge of one or more programming languages such as Python, Ruby on Rails, PHP or PERL
• Experience writing detailed documentation and training staff

Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to be professionally active. Appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

Salary: Salary and level of appointment in the Librarian series commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on the University of California pay scales.

Closing Date: Application consideration begins August 24, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

To Apply: For full consideration, please submit applications to

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