Director, Digital Preservation

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Salary: $71,084 to $99,679
Created: August 19, 2020


Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary invites applications for a full-time continuing position as Director, Digital Preservation, at the rank of Associate Librarian to facilitate long-term preservation of digitized and born-digital materials. The anticipated start date November 1, 2020.          

Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) is a leader in the development of innovative information resources and services, locally, nationally and internationally. In a converged environment, it successfully incorporates the resources and services of libraries, institutional and research archives, rare books and special collections, art galleries, and a university press to provide outstanding support for scholarship, learning, and the creation of knowledge. 

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian, Technology, Discovery and Digital Services, the Director, Digital Preservation will play a central role in managing a digital preservation program and is responsible for creating and maintaining policies, procedures, workflows, and strategies related to digital preservation projects and practices. The incumbent will facilitate access and long-term preservation to digitized and born-digital materials, work with stakeholders across LCR and the University to assess, develop and enhance preservation services, and optimize workflows.  

As an academic staff position, appropriate participation and involvement in scholarship, teaching and service is expected.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the development, documentation, implementation and maintenance of policies and standards for digital preservation including: digital preservation plan, digital preservation policy, workflows and documentation, and archival storage plan
  • Work with subject experts on campus and in LCR specifically to identify and develop strategic projects for preservation
  • With Library Technology, support the implementation of appropriate storage strategy and environments for preservation and access and monitor preservation storage environments.
  • Administer the digital preservation management system
  • Create training materials and train staff on preservation system usage
  • With the Digital Metadata Librarian and the Electronic Records Archivist, implement and manage the metadata model and vocabularies for digital preservation
  • Lead the working group on digital preservation
  • Advocate for the digital preservation program within LCR and with the University at large
  • Provide education and outreach to LCR units about the value of and need for digital preservation practice throughout an asset’s lifecycle
  • Advise and assist faculty, researchers and students on projects that require digital preservation strategies
  • Participate in local, regional and national digital preservation initiatives and projects.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree or a Masters in Archival Studies or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.
  • At least 5 years in an increasingly responsible position in  the management, digitization, and preservation of archival materials, born digital and digitized.
  • Experience with the practical application of the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) reference model.
  • Familiarity with the operation of digital preservation repository systems Experience with XML, including schemas used in preservation such as METS and PREMIS.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English.
  • Experience and comfort working in groups.
  • Demonstrated affinity for technology.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to think independently and work collaboratively within and across organizational boundaries in order to achieve shared goals.
  • Familiarity with systems commonly used for archives information management workflows, 

Position will commensurate with qualifications and experience, at the rank of Associate Librarian. The salary range for the rank of Associate Librarian is $71,084 to $99,679 per annum. The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for disability, and retirement income planning. For salary and benefits information, please refer to: 

How to apply


Susan Powelson
Associate University Librarian
Libraries and Cultural Resources University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

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Published: Friday, August 21, 2020 04:16 UTC

Last updated: Friday, August 21, 2020 04:16 UTC