Digital Archivist

Houston, TX
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Created: March 6, 2020


Fondren Library seeks a service-oriented, well-organized, technically
savvy, and self-motivated digital archivist. This position will work to
update, expand, and maintain the digital preservation program in the
library’s special collections department, the Woodson Research Center.
This position will report to the head of special collections and
collaborate closely with professional archivist staff.


Processes digital collection material for long term storage; Updates
policies and procedures for managing born-digital materials for
organization and description, ingest, storage, preservation and access;
Monitors both long-term storage environments and digital processing
environments for integrity and space planning; Determines priorities for
digitization to establish digitization projects; Works closely with the
metadata team; Maintains close working relationships with Digital
Scholarship Services related to the development of the Center’s digital
materials; Finds opportunities to collaborate through campus initiatives
and projects dealing with born-digital materials.

*Requirements include:***

MLS/MLIS or Master of Science in Information with a specialization in
Archives & Records Management, from an ALA-accredited graduate school or
equivalent degree.

Five years related experience with digital archival collections or other
digital library-related work and/or experience in processing digital
archival collections; including developing descriptive, technical and
administrative metadata. May substitute additional related education,
above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis
in lieu of the experience requirement.

Superior verbal and written communication skills; Proven customer
service skills; Ability to remain calm and flexible in stressful
situations; Demonstrated ability to perform precise, detailed work
quickly and accurately.

*Preferred qualifications:*

Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certification.

Two years or more professional experience in developing policies and
procedures for long term digital stewardship in an academic library,
special collection, cultural heritage repository; Experience with
collection management and/or institutional repository applications such
as ArchivesSpace, DSpace, Archive-It, Archivematica; Experience with
content on a variety of storage media, relative interfaces and file
systems; Experience managing students and coordinating staff on digital
projects; Experience with digital forensics workflows.

Script writing in Python, Perl, or other languages; Reading from and
writing to API systems; Familiarity with processing email collections;
Familiarity with library platform Alma/Primo; Demonstrated knowledge of
metadata content, structure, and preservation standards including MARC,
EAD, DACS, MODS and other relevant metadata standards.


*Salary & benefits*:$59,900 minimum, with hiring salary commensurate
with experience and qualifications; no state or local income tax; 21
benefit days; 8 study days; a range of retirement options including
TIAA/CREF; health and life insurance; and tuition waiver.

*Environment:*Rice University provides a stimulating work environment,
with opportunities to participate in the delivery of innovative library
services supported by leading edge technologies. Fondren Library
( is a research library with over 2.9 million
volumes and over 170,000 serial subscriptions. As a campus crossroads,
Fondren Library brings together faculty, graduate and undergraduate
students, staff, alumni and the general public, offering welcoming
spaces, excellent collections, and strong services in support of
teaching, research and creative expression. The Woodson Research Center
based at the Fondren Library supports the institutional, research and
public service programs of the University with special collections
including rare books, university archives, and manuscripts.

Houston is a vibrant, multicultural city, with world-class visual and
performing arts ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde. The
fourth largest city in the country, Houston enjoys a moderate cost of
living and easy proximity to the Gulf Coast.

For more information, see:

Applications received by April 3, 2020 will receive first
consideration.  Please apply with cover letter, resume, and the names,
titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three
references at: Inquiries:  Melinda
Reagor Flannery, Assistant University Librarian/Search Coordinator at
(713) 348-3773 or e-mail

How to apply


Inquiries:  Melinda
Reagor Flannery, Assistant University Librarian/Search Coordinator at
(713) 348-3773 or e-mail


Published: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 18:22 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 18:22 UTC