Web Archivist for Archive-It

San Francisco
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Created: June 11, 2015


About the Internet Archive: The Internet Archive is a non-profit with a huge mission: to give everyone access in perpetuity to all knowledge -- the books, Web pages, audio, television and software of our shared human culture. Our 150 engineers, archivists, librarians, and team members have built one of the Top 250 Websites in the world, https://archive.org. Internet Archive has the oldest and largest web archive in the world (475 billion URLs and counting) and works with hundreds of national and international libraries, archives, museums, universities, non-profits, and others to build curated web archive collections.

Location: San Francisco, CA

Job Classification: Full-time, exempt

Job Summary: The Internet Archive is seeking a Web Archivist for Archive-It. Come help us help others save the web! Archive-It is a web archiving service first launched in 2006 that enables our 350+ library and archive partners to capture, manage, preserve, and provide access to the highest quality content from the web. As the service continues to expand, we are looking for a resourceful, collaborative, and technically-savvy individual to join our team. You can find out more about the service at https://archive-it.org/

The Web Archivist is the first point of contact for partners that use Archive-It and has responsibility for interacting with partners, getting them started with the service, and supporting their work archiving the web. The role is responsible for fielding and managing technical questions and working with the Archive-It internal engineering team to resolve issues. The role will also participate in ongoing feature development for Archive-It and show leadership in improving partner support, documentation, reporting, and training,

Key Responsibilities:
  • Perform first level and many second level technical support issues, advising and assisting librarians and archivists from a variety of institutions in troubleshooting issues and maintaining the quality of archived collections of websites and of the Archive-It service.
  • Work directly with other web archivists and engineers on technical issues and Archive-It application improvements including beta testing with users and writing documentation.
  • Onboarding new Archive-It partners including conducting webinars, trainings, and managing account setup and maintenance.
  • Take the lead on marketing and external communications, including social media, blogging, website management, and other external-facing outreach and communication.
  • Represent Archive-It and promote web archiving via conference presentations, workshops, professional events, and active participation in the web archiving, digital preservation, and library/archives communities.
  • Participate in special projects such as research, reporting, internal archiving and preservation projects, special collections, and multi-institutional collaborations.
Preferred Qualification and Skills:
  • Masters degree in LIS/Archives or equivalent, or experience working with libraries, archives, museums and other memory institutions is preferred.
  • Two years technical support and/or public-facing reference or user service experience is strongly preferred.
  • Exceptional written, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Comfortable learning new tools and technologies and working with engineers and remote staff.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects, deadlines, and responsibilities.
  • Technical knowledge of web archiving and/or web technologies is a plus.
  • Ability to work in and enjoy a loosely-structured, creative work environment.
  • Flexibility, a sense of humor, and in inquisitive spirit are appreciated.
References must be made available upon request.


Published: Thursday, June 11, 2015 16:47 UTC

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