Archivist/Digital Data Specialist

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Created: November 11, 2014


The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.
Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.
The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Work with ASC librarian and ASC IT staff to manage the School’s digital archives. Reports to the librarian. Consults with IT director and staff and other archivists at the University. Archivist will develop and implement a comprehensive archival program for the School’s archives, evaluating new and existing collections and integrating them into the resource environment.

The work addresses but is not limited to arrangement, description, presentation, access and security of paper, photographs, video and other record formats including born-digital items. Work requires application of appropriate archival best practices and national standards. The archivist will follow new and emerging preservation and exhibit technologies and analyze their potential application to the current digital data management scheme.

This position is a two-year term appointment – January 2015 to January 2017.

Master’s degree in information science or equivalent degree with formal training in archival theory and practice. Archival education and training may be substituted for a library/information science degree.

* Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure standards related to the archival control of collection materials.

* Demonstrated knowledge of archival and library management systems, specifically Omeka.

* Strong working knowledge of EAD, HTML, XML (including experience writing and maintaining XSL style sheets), DACS; familiarity with MARC, AACR2, RDA, LCSH and LC cataloging standards.

* Demonstrated job or school experience with basic preservation and conservation standards for archival storage.

* Working knowledge of digital humanities practices and trends.

* Demonstrated excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

* Experience working collaboratively and independently within a complex organization.

* Ability to manage a variety of tasks and multiple priorities, with attention to detail and follow-through.

* Knowledge of the social sciences as demonstrated through academic course work preferred.

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