Web Archivist

San Francisco
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Created: December 11, 2015


The Internet Archive is seeking a Web Archivist for ArchiveIt. Come help us help others save the web! Archive­It 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 expands, we are looking for a resourceful, collaborative, and technically­savvy individual to join our team. You can find out more about the service at https://archive­it.org/.

The Web Archivist is the main contact for partners who use Archive­It and has responsibility for interacting with partners, supporting their work archiving the web, and improving the service. The role is responsible for fielding and managing technical questions and working with the Archive­It engineering and program team. The role also focuses on internal projects, including contributing to feature development and testing, user and technical documentation, training and tutorials, and representing Archive­It and Internet Archive in the professional community.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Work directly with other web archivists and engineers on technical issues and Archive­It application improvements including testing, documentation, and project management.
  • Work to resolve technical support issues, assisting partners in troubleshooting issues and maintaining the quality of archived collections of websites and of the Archive­It service.
  • Onboarding new Archive­It partners including conducting webinars, trainings, and managing web application configuration and maintenance.
  • Represent Archive­It and promote web archiving via conference presentations, workshops, professional events, and participation in the professional community.  
  • Participate in special projects as directed, such as research, reporting, internal data management and preservation projects, and multi­institutional collaborations.

Qualification and Skills:
  • Master’s degree in LIS/Archives or equivalent, or experience working with libraries, archives, museums and other memory institutions is strongly preferred.
  • Two years technical support and/or public­facing user support is strongly preferred.
  • Technical knowledge of web archiving and/or web technologies is preferred.
  • Experience in Javascript, Python, Unix shell scripting is a plus.
  • Exceptional written, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Comfortable learning new tools and working with engineers and remote staff.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects, deadlines, and responsibilities.
  • Ability to work in and enjoy a loosely­structured, creative work environment.
  • Flexibility, a sense of humor, and in inquisitive spirit are appreciated.
References must be made available upon request.

To apply: Please forward your cover letter and resume to jobs+webarchivist@archive.org with “Web Archivist” in the subject line.


Published: Friday, December 11, 2015 15:06 UTC

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