Digital Preservation Coordinator

Blacksburg, VA
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Created: June 23, 2017


Virginia Tech University Libraries is seeking a Digital Preservation Coordinator. This is a professional faculty position with an option to transfer to continued-appointment track [VT's tenure system for library faculty]. 


Position Summary:

The Digital Preservation Coordinator manages digital preservation efforts for the Virginia Tech University Libraries by accomplishing the following:
- Work with technologies such as Archivematica, BagIt, Archive-It to preserve unique scholarly digital content of enduring value to Virginia Tech and the Commonwealth
- Process web-based content, digitized, and born-digital materials for preservation, including ingest, stabilization, and storage. 
- Create and manage procedures and workflows for digital preservation projects and practices to bring content into collaborative digital preservation storage systems such as Academic Preservation Trust, and MetaArchive.
- Consult with individuals and departments on digital projects in support of faculty research.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to help expand a digital preservation program at a Carnegie R1: Research University and ARL member library. The successful applicant will work with diverse collections of 3D images, digitized archival materials, cultural heritage artifacts, audio-visual formats, and biodiversity specimens. The Digital Preservation Coordinator will report to the Assistant Director for Digital Imaging and Preservation Services.

- Coordinate digital preservation operations at Virginia Tech University Libraries in partnership with the Assistant Director, the Libraries’ digital repository teams, and collection management and metadata specialists. 
- Contribute to Virginia Tech’s participation in MetaArchive, and Academic Preservation Trust.
- Manage digital preservation workflows and microservices through Archivematica’s GUI.
- Manage Virginia Tech web archiving workflows and procedures and perform bi-annual crawls of the university’ web presence. 
- Evaluates and tests new digital preservation technologies, tools, and protocols.
- Consults and guides faculty, staff, and students on digital preservation standards, practices, and operations.

Required Qualifications:

- Master’s or other advanced degree in a field related to the position OR Bachelor’s degree in a related field and significant experience with digital preservation
- Demonstrated experience with a variety of digital preservation technologies
- Knowledge of digital preservation issues, strategies, standards, practices, including various assessment tools such as iso16363/TDR, and NDSA Levels of Preservation
- Understanding of the application of the OAIS reference model for digital preservation

- Knowledge of metadata standards such as Dublin Core, METS, PREMIS
- Knowledge of digital formats (image, audio, video, object, text) and their associated best practices for preservation
- Project management skills, including planning, organization, and time management.
- Ability to establish positive and productive collaborations with diverse teams across departments and disciplines
- Demonstrated ability to adjust priorities, manage time wisely, and make quick, effective decisions in a fast-paced environment.
- Excellent interpersonal, analytical, organizational, oral, and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

- Master’s degree or other advanced degree with an emphasis in library and information science, or other relevant field
- Experience with batch processing related to digital curation is a high priority
- Experience with web-archiving tools such as Archive-It
- Experience with repository software such as D-Space and Fedora
- Professional experience working in an academic library
- Knowledge of current issues in digital libraries.
- Experience executing command-line scripts.
- Experience training and instructing in digital preservation techniques and processes

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.


Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 18:07 UTC

Last updated: Monday, June 26, 2017 18:07 UTC