Digital Archivist

New York City
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Created: October 11, 2010


Apologies for cross-posting. This is a new position at Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

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The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) seeks a skilled and accomplished electronic records archivist to help design and implement a curatorial and archival program for born-digital materials. While this position is in the RBML, it will work with all of Columbia’s special collections units in developing and coordinating a robust and consistent archival program for born digital materials.

Reporting to the Curator of Manuscripts and University Archivist, the Digital Archivist is responsible for identifying and managing born digital content in RBML collections.

Characteristic duties and responsibilities include:

• Develops and maintains file plans, retention schedules, procedure manuals and guides to support the effective collection and management of born digital content;

• Takes the lead in helping develop policies and technical standards for digital content creators, both within Columbia and within the professional archival community;

• Works with the University Archivist to survey campus departments, offices, and website for University digital assets of enduring legal, administrative, and historical value;

• Collaborates with the staff of the Libraries Digital Programs Division on the design and functional requirements for an electronic archives management and preservation system;

• Serves as the resource person for Columbia’s special collections on evolving standards and best practices for born digital content management and administration;

• Keeps statistics and prepares regular reports on manuscript and archival processing; supports and participates in RBML reference and public service. Participates in unit-wide planning and committee activities;

Requirements • MLS from ALA-accredited library school or the equivalent in theory and practice. Graduate work in the humanities or social sciences;

• Demonstrated knowledge of digital archival and record management theory and practice. Minimum 2 years experience in the acquisition, management, and curation of born digital assets (or equivalent combination of education and experience);

• Demonstrated familiarity with data structure standards relevant to the archival control of digital collection materials (EAD, Dublin Core, MODS);

• Working knowledge of XML and digital content creation/transformation tools;

• Knowledge of DACS archival descriptive standard;

• Basic familiarity with automated library information management systems, such as Voyager, and other online union catalogs such as WorldCat;

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;

• Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a production-oriented, rapidly changing environment; and ability to meet project goals and deadlines.



One of the world's leading research universities, Columbia provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual community. Set in the Morningside Heights academic village, Columbia also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity and cultural richness of New York City. The University Libraries, grounded in collections of remarkable depth and breadth, are also building extensive electronic resources and services. The Libraries at Columbia are committed to collegiality, professionalism, innovation and leadership.

The salary for this PCI position is dependent on experience. We offer excellent benefits including tuition exemption for self and family and assistance with University housing. We offer excellent benefits including 100% Columbia tuition exemption for self and family and assistance with University housing. Columbia will also pay 50% tuition for your dependent child who is a candidate for an undergraduate degree at another accredited college or university.

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-- Joanna DiPasquale Digital Technologies Development Librarian Columbia University Libraries Digital Program Division 212.854.8758


Published: Monday, October 11, 2010 14:39 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:47 UTC