Digital Collections and Preservation Librarian

Chestnut Hill
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Created: July 27, 2015


Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,100 full-time undergraduates and 4,700 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities and a member of the Association of Research Universities, Boston College has 752 full-time and 1,080 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $886 million, and an endowment of approximately $2 billion.

The Digital Collections & Preservation Librarian supports the mission of the Digital Library program at BC by guiding data management, digital preservation and digital archiving activities for an increasing amount of born-digital and digitised content.  Working closely with the Head of the Digital Library Program and in concert with team members, this professional will consider all stages of the life cycle, from the point of capture through to repository ingest.  S/he will establish and document policies; contribute to planning for projects and ongoing production; advise on equipment, metadata, standards and formats; and communicate broadly with collaborators and stakeholders within the library and externally.

This position reports to the Head Librarian, Digital Library Program.

  • Understands the fundamental concepts and frameworks that undergird digital preservation such as the OAIS standard, Trusted Digital Repositories, the Digital Curation Lifecycle, etc.
  • Knows how and when to undertake curatorial actions to ensure discovery of and access to digital content throughout its lifecycle, including integrity-checking, file format migration, and distributed digital preservation.
  • Proficient at file management, devising and implementing standardized directory structures and file-naming conventions, as needed for master archival files and for derivative files.
  • Ability to work in multiple operating Systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and UNIX required.
  • Able to develop and document complete project plans and workflows, for digitizing analog materials or accessioning born digital collections, and track all aspects of projects including image captures, metadata creation, ingest, file management, quality control, and preservation.
  • Significant expertise in digital imaging so that s/he can make informed decisions about color space, spatial resolution, compression, file format, and key technical and preservation metadata to capture.
  • Demonstrated experience handling numerous data types and file formats to inform consideration of digital preservation strategies and recommendations regarding digital repository selection, implementation, and workflows.
  • Extensive familiarity with latest tools and strategies for building lasting digital collections, including the use of forensic tools with born digital accessions.  Familiarity with GIT or similar versioning control systems will be beneficial.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate technical concepts and requirements to diverse audiences.
  • ALA-accredited MLS degree required
  • Educational background and work experience in digital preservation standards, techniques, and technologies are required. This could include an MLS concentration in Digital Archives/Curation, or a National Digital Stewardship Residency, or completion of a Digital Preservation Management intensive workshop.
  • Educational background or work experience in imaging standards, techniques, and technologies is preferrednt, please note that it is necessary for you to apply directly online at our site:

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