Digital Preservation Librarian

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Created: September 30, 2014


DEPARTMENT: Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries

DATE REQUIRED: As soon as possible

The Opportunity

The Digital Preservation Librarian is responsible for leading the development and implementation of digital preservation policies and programs that ensure the Libraries’ long-term preservation and access to digital collections.

The Digital Preservation Librarian works in a highly collaborative environment. Working with Archives, Collection Development, Materials Processing, and Special Collections staff, the Digital Preservation Librarian researches, assesses, develops, and implements digital preservation policies, strategies and systems that support the enduring curation of the Libraries’ born digital and digitized collections. The Digital Preservation Librarian also works closely with Scholarly Communications, Institutional Repository and Data Librarians to recommend, develop and implement programs and information resources to support faculty and researchers in sound preservation practices for their digital content. Additionally, the Digital Preservation Librarian researches and shares development in the digital preservation fields and demonstrates a successful record of professional activity.

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have:
• An ALA-accredited Master of Information Science degree, or equivalent.
• At least three years’ relevant professional experience in an academic library setting
• Demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation systems, standards, best practices and initiatives
• Practical experience with relevant tools and standards such as Archivematica, Fedora, DSpace, PREMIS, OAIS, and the TDR model.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• An ability to work effectively and collaboratively in teams that encompass a range of professional roles and knowledge
• A demonstrated ability to catalyze and lead policy development and technical implementation initiatives
• Excellent time management, organizational, and problem solving skills

Preferred Qualifications:

• Strong computing background
• Working knowledge of intellectual property, privacy and licensing issues applicable to digital resources, data collections and archives.
• Knowledge of current research and emerging initiatives in the digital preservation field
• Practical experience with data life cycle management, format migration, validation and integrity methods
• Project management and supervisory experience

Salary and Terms of Appointment:

This is a Permanent Status Stream position to be filled at a level dependent upon qualifications. It is anticipated that this position will be filled at the Librarian II or III level. Salary and appointment level are based upon experience and qualifications.

Librarian II - $60,700 (Minimum annual salary for full-time Librarian II)
Librarian III - $78,500 (Minimum annual salary for full-time Librarian III)

NOTE: Librarians at the University of Toronto are members of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

Additional information :
About the University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) system is the largest academic library in Canada and is ranked third among peer institutions in North America, behind just Harvard and Yale. The system consists of 44 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of 215 graduate programs, over 60 professional programs, and more than 700 undergraduate degree programs. In addition to more than 12 million print volumes in 341 languages, the library system currently provides access to millions of electronic resources in various forms and over 29,554 linear metres of archival material. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year. The Libraries data centre houses more than 200 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.

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