Digital Archivist, University Archives

Princeton, NJ
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Created: August 16, 2017


Reporting to the Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services, the Digital Archivist is dedicated to the arrangement, description, and preservation of University records in both digital and analog form.  The Digital Archivist's primary focus will be to participate in the continued development and evolution of an electronic records program at the Mudd Manuscript Library. This work will include building on the current program for effective acquisition, appraisal, ingest, description, preservation, access to and security of born-digital and hybrid archival collections as well as the day-to-day management of the Library's web archiving program.  The archivist will be expected to remain current with emerging standards and professional best practices and be able to manage complex projects.


The Digital Archivist will be integrated into the functions of Mudd Library and the Rare Books and Special Collections Technical Services Unit.  The position will participate in the archival processing, accessioning, and reference programs of the Mudd Library and contribute to work relating to development and evaluation of infrastructure for digital archives, access systems and tools, digitization, and related technical issues. 

This position also works with a variety of stakeholders, including archivists and librarians, developers, IT staff, and donors, and will supervise the work of student assistants.


Princeton is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their service to the Library, to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


Essential Qualifications

Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archives management, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Demonstrated knowledge of archives and records management theory and practice, including experience processing archival records.  Comprehensive knowledge of electronic records management principles and practices and digital preservation theory and practice.  Knowledge of strategies and technology developed or adopted by the archival community for managing born-digital archival and manuscript material.  Knowledge of relevant standards for archival description including DACS, EAD, and EAC-CPF, and familiarity with other metadata standards such as METS and PREMIS.  Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects.  Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks and work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in a collegial environment.  Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and a commitment to creativity and continuous learning, including comfort and ability to learn new technologies.


Preferred Qualifications

Two to three years of relevant professional experience.  Experience implementing policies, standards, and procedures for stewardship of digital material in an archival or special collections setting.  Experience with BitCurator.  Experience with shell scripting and/or other scripting languages (e.g. Perl, Python).  Experience working in an active university records program.


The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted only from the AHire website: and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.



Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 23:34 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 23:34 UTC