Digital Project Archivists (2 positions)

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Created: October 3, 2014


The University of California, Berkeley, is recruiting for two part-time (50% FTE) Digital Project Archivists to oversee the digitization and metadata workflows for collections related to the Japanese American War Relocation and Confinement that have been identified as priorities for online access. These are temporary, two-year appointments following on a successful completion of Phase One which focused on the digitization of the Library’s Japanese Evacuation and Relocation Survey Records. The successful candidate will have experience in digital collection processing, demonstrated understanding of archival description and materials, familiarity with digital project management and web and new media strategies, familiarity with library standards (EAD, METS, MARC, MODS), and strong communications skills.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at the nation's premier public university. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and 1,500 faculty. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries - including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library and subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills.

The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and special collections in the United States. As the primary center of special collections within the library system at Berkeley, Bancroft supports major research and reference activities and plays a leading role in the development of research collections. Bancroft holdings include over 500,000 volumes, 55,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 8 million photographs and other pictorial materials, 72,000 microforms, 23,000 maps, and over 12.5 terabytes of digital collections. Additional information regarding The Library and The Bancroft Library is available on the web at: Information about the NPS Phase One Project can be found at:


The Digital Project Archivists will be responsible for digitally processing identified personal papers, photographs, maps, broadsides and A/V collections, linking the resulting digital collections to existing finding aid descriptions, ensuring the encoding of the finding aids and digital objects for delivery to the Online Archive of California and the UC3 preservation service, and overseeing association with the existing thematic website related to the Japanese American War Relocation and Confinement collections. The Digital Project Archivists will report to and work closely with the Head of Digital Collections Services, and will supervise student library employees as needed. The Digital Project Archivists will work with the Associate Director to fulfill reporting requirements to the granting agency, will work in consultation with curators in the digital processing of the collections, and will work with a Web Designer to make enhancements to the thematic website. The Digital Project Archivists will also work with the Head of Cataloging to update collection records in the bibliographic catalog.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Librarian advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.


Minimum Basic Qualification at time of application:

• MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent degree.

Additional Required Qualifications:

• Experience in digital collections processing, data migration, and/or digital curation. Demonstrated understanding of archival description and materials as it relates to born-digital collections.
• Experience with managing time-driven projects.
• Knowledge about Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC) for archival collections.
• Familiarity with Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) and Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS).
• Excellent analytical and communication skills.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Access and Excel.

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

• Undergraduate degree in history or computer science.
• Born-Digital collections experience, including description, digitization, and authoring of EAD finding aids and METS digital objects.
• Experience using WebGenDB, Archivists Toolkit, or similar content management system.

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