Digital Archivist

Dallas, TX
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Created: March 20, 2019


The Special Collections & Archives at UT Southwestern Medical Center invites applications from individuals for the position of Digital Archivist. Duties for this critical position include leading efforts to preserve, describe, and provide access to born-digital and digital collection materials. This position will report to the University Archivist & Manager of Special Collections.

Experience and Education

•    MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited graduate school or equivalent degree. Archives management background.
•    Two years of experience working with digitizing materials and managing a digital collection or other digital library-related work.
•    Knowledge of digital preservation theory and practice, including best practices, current technologies, administrative/technical metadata and file format standards.
•    Experience working with CONTENTdm or equivalent collections management system.
•    Familiarity with Encoded Archival Description (EAD), Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), Dublin Core (DCMI), Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS), and Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC).
•    Experience working with D-Space or equivalent repository software.
•    Experience with or demonstrated aptitude to learn disk imaging, digital forensics tools, and digital preservation management software.
•    Experience with grant writing and project management.
•    Exceptional with oral and written communication skills and experience establishing positive and productive collaborations at a college/university.
•    Possesses analytical and organizational skills. 

Primary Responsibilities

•    Responsible for digitally processing identified analog and born digital collections, including appraisal, accessioning/securing collections, and arrangement and description.
•    Acquires born-digital content as identified by the University Archivist as within collecting scope. Advises University Archivist on appraisal strategy, privacy concerns, and security, as they apply to the        context of born-digital records.
•    Conducts an appraisal of existing digital archives in all media formats.
•    Makes decisions about storage media, along with classification, indexing and metadata assignment.
•    Works with partners such as the Texas Digital Library, to maintain and deposit materials into UT Southwestem's institutional repository.
•    Works to ensure that digital content in the collections is accessible to appropriate audiences, following the strictures of privacy concerns, copyright regulations, and donor restrictions.
•    Works closely with University Archivist to determine priorities for digitization and to establish digitization projects. Supervises digitization efforts, performed by student workers, staff or outside vendors.
•    In consultation with the University Archivist, Digital Services & Technology Planning (DTSP), Academic and Administrative Information Resources (AAIR), and Assistant VP of Library Services, selects and implements software and systems as appropriate.
•    Finds opportunities for collaboration and partnerships with the Archives through campus initiatives, campus projects, grant funding, etc.
•    Maintains currency in digital archives best practices and technologies. Attends professional development training and engages actively in professional activities.
•    Provides public services which may include reference, research consultations, and outreach to students and faculty.

Appointment rank will be commensurate with academic accomplishments and experience.

Please apply on careers webpage at, position #384858.

UT Southwestern Medical Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



Published: Thursday, March 21, 2019 16:14 UTC

Last updated: Thursday, March 21, 2019 16:14 UTC