Digital Archivist

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Created: April 21, 2016


The Hoover Institution Archives is seeking a Digital Archivist to carry out full range of archival functions on born-digital materials according to archival standards and best practices. The full-time position is for a career track with a limited term of two years.


Reporting to the Digital Materials Manager, the Digital Archivist processes born-digital archival materials, helps develop a variety of digital workflows according to archival standards and methods, and supports the full range of functions of the digital curation and imaging lab.

  • Develop and implement plans to assess, process, describe, preserve, and provide access to born-digital collection materials, coordinating with other units as appropriate.
  • Assist in determining policies and procedures for the curation of born-digital collection materials according to archival standards and methods that are scalable.
  • Create metadata and ingest metadata/digital objects into Hoover's digital preservation environment.
  • Support digital imaging projects, including developing plans and workflows, creating time and cost estimates, coordinating the work of digitization production staff, performing quality assurance, and performing digital imaging work.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of documentation of projects, workflows, and procedures.
  • Disseminate information about newly available digital materials via a variety of communication platforms.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development and review of technologies and their application to digital archival materials.
  • Assist in selecting, configuring, maintaining and troubleshooting hardware and software used for projects.
  • Maintain production statistics.
  • Identify and collaborate with partners within the Library & Archives and beyond.


Education & Experience:
M.L.I.S. degree from an A.L.A.-accredited library school, and at least 2 years of experience working in archives or special collections. Demonstrated experience with database systems used for archival work.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival description and metadata standards for both physical and digital collection materials.
  • Competence with current hardware and software used to process and describe born-digital archival materials and digitize paper-based materials.
  • Excellent technical skills spanning a variety of obsolete, obscure, and non-US hardware and software systems, including Windows, Mac, Wang, etc.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a wide variety of people.
  • Effective problem solving, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a production-oriented environment.
  • Enthusiasm for innovation and change, and interest in keeping abreast of new developments.
  • Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages preferred.

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