Digital Resource Archivist and Curator

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Created: February 8, 2016


The Ohio State University, Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture
Digital Resource Archivist and Curator

The Digital Resource Archivist and Curator at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture leads the ongoing development and implementation of policies and procedures that facilitate the acquisition, transfer, preservation, arrangement, description and access to digital materials, including video (and analog materials converted to digital), in accordance with emerging standards and best practices; consults with and advises creators of digital content and external donors of content, when necessary; acts as school staff liaison to The Ohio State University Libraries.

The Digital Resource Archivist and Curator creates standards, policies, procedures, and tools for processing, discovery and access to the school’s collections, and collaborates with faculty and staff on the active use of these materials. Working closely with school leadership, faculty and staff, the Digital Resource Archivist and Curator manages acquisition of digital content in all formats for digital records in the Knowlton School Digital Library Office and School Archive.

Position focus is on the collection and curation of content that represents the unique holdings and creative product of the Knowlton School, including the school’s Baumer Lecture Series, other special events and exhibitions, and work created by faculty, students and alumni. Curated content to be used for numerous purposes, including: faculty, student and visiting scholar teaching and research; student recruitment; advancement and alumni relations; general outreach and support of major school initiatives, such as publications and special events.

The Digital Resource Archivist and Curator manages the Digital Library Office, which includes a large-format scanner, and School Archive, both located in Knowlton Hall. The position oversees an operational budget, writes grants to secure additional funding for core activities and supervises undergraduate and graduate student staff. The Digital Archivist serves as the school’s Carmen and Mediasite affiliate via the affiliates program in the OSU Office of Distance Education and eLearning. The Digital Resource Archivist and Curator is responsible for maintaining the school’s Digital Library website.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Demonstrated experience with web design and related software including Adobe Creative Suite. Programming experience using Drupal, HTML, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript. Experience with various database systems including MySQL. Excellent visual and written communication skills pertaining to design. Experience in website development and managing digital assets. Experience working with images and video production. A demonstrated interest in the design disciplines. Experience in office management and hiring, training and supervising student employees. Ability to lift and carry 35 to 40-pound boxes.

Required Qualifications:

A degree in Information Systems or Library Science with an emphasis on digital collections or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired. Knowledge of metadata schemas, including ARTstor Core. Experience with managing digitization projects. Proactive work ethic and ability to work effectively, productively and collaboratively with only modest direct supervision.

Duties Description:

50%  Manages digitization and cataloging of archival collections, both new collections and existing archival content that needs to be cataloged and digitized; manages bi-annual collection of student work to be included in the school’s Digital Library website and Student Work galleries on the school’s main website

20% Manages Digital Library Office and School Archives Office, including budget oversight, student hiring training and supervision; provides strategic direction for the Digital Library Office and School Archives; serves as liaison to University Libraries; writes grants for external funding and manages donor relations

30% Supports special projects and initiatives, both independently and as a part of collaborative teams, that may be associated with school strategic priorities, such as recruitment, advancement and outreach; helps maintain school’s YouTube and other social media pages; supports distance-learning initiatives and serves as school’s Carmen, Mediasite and Canvas affiliate

Pay range $45,000 to $55,000

Applications must be submitted via the Careers at Ohio State website:

For information on how to apply or questions about the position, contact Doug Sershen,


Published: Monday, February 8, 2016 17:52 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:40 UTC