Digital Archivist

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Created: August 7, 2015


The University of Alberta Libraries, with a long tradition of innovation and service excellence, seeks a skilled and engaged Digital Archivist who is looking to play a lead role in the stewardship of the university’s digital records and archives.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian, Information Resources and Digital Initiatives, and working within a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate will help lead the creation of a long-term digital archive environment for electronic records and archival holdings. The position works closely with technical and expert teams involved with archives management, digitization, digital preservation, repository services, and research data stewardship. The successful candidate will play a lead role in developing strategies around  infrastructure and supporting workflows to enable discovery, access, preservation and access to digitized and born-digital archival records within a much larger, robust environment of digital repository and digital preservation activity. The position works directly with special collections and archives staff, as well as the University Records Officer, to coordinate the selection, acquisition and ongoing preservation of the university's digital records of enduring value, in accordance with existing business practices and institutional framework for managing archival material. The ideal candidate will thrive in an environment full of change, growth, and opportunity.

The University of Alberta Libraries is a leading research library in Canada, with an impressive suite of user-relevant services. These services are matched by an equally impressive collection of physical and digital information resources managed by talented and highly engaged teams across the system. The Libraries enjoy many relationships and partnerships with the broader library, research and archives community.

The University of Alberta Archives is officially part of the Libraries. The Libraries, utilizing positions such as this one, endeavor to actively support and shape scholarly communication, higher education and lifelong learning. For more information, visit our website at and

Qualifications include:
  • Masters degree in Archival Studies (MAS) or in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent.
  • Minimum three years experience working in a records management and archival environment, preferably within a large organization
  • Project management training and/or experience leading projects is an asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and hands-on experience working with relevant digital tools, technology and metadata standards, e.g. AtoM, Archivematica, Alfresco; EAD, RAD, DC, MODS 
Applicants must also possess a strong service orientation, excellent communication skills, a thorough understanding and awareness of today’s digital archiving and records management environment, an interest in implementing new initiatives and in evaluation of current practice, superior leadership skills, a demonstrated commitment to cooperative action and collaborative work, and commitment to supporting the goals of the Libraries and Archives with respect to digital archiving and stewardship.

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