Digital Archives Specialist

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Created: November 27, 2012


Nonexempt/Full time

For the purposes of ACU’s Background Check and Self-Reporting Policy, this position is classified as security sensitive.

The key principles of this job are to:

Support ACU’s Mission: Educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.
Support ACU’s 21st Century Vision: By 2020, ACU will become the premier university for the education of Christ-centered, global leaders.

Scope: The Digital Archives Specialist executes the plan of work developed and directed by the Associate Dean of Digital Initiatives, Special Collections, and University Archives to provide access through the West Texas Digital Archive to rare books and archival materials held in ACU’s Special Collections in service to teaching and learning. Reports to the Associate Dean of Digital Initiatives, Special Collections, and University Archives. This position is grant funded, renewable annually for up to three years, with the possibility of extension.

I. Basic Responsibilities
A. Manages West Texas Digital Archive projects for ACU.
B. Trains and supervises library student workers assigned to WTDA projects.
C. Other duties as assigned, including support for preservation, research, and teaching related to digital archives at ACU.

II. Essential Duties include the following
Other duties may be assigned.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
A. Manages and carries out collection preparation and digitization
B. Executes metadata creation, revision, and curation
C. Coordinates uploading of ACU projects with ALC staff
D. Arranges reciprocal digitization services with ALC members as required
E. Coordinates the creation of catalog records for WTDA with ACU Technical Services
F. Cooperates with colleagues to enhance the visibility and usefulness of digital archives in the digital teaching and learning environment.
G. Provides timely, helpful, and friendly assistance for researchers using ACU  collections
H. Provides supervision, mentoring, training, and scheduling of student workers toward the accomplishment of the above goals

III. Professional Development Requirements
A. Skills
Proficiency with ordinary office software and mobile technology
Demonstrated proficiency in interacting with readers and researchers in a friendly, professional manner
Facility in use of social media and/or podcasting as instructional media
B. Training Modules Required
Orientation to Special Collections
PastPerfect archival management software
Introduction to Archival principles, policies & procedures
Training in procedures for all aspects of managing ACU’s collections in WTDA, including repository interface and metadata standards.

IV. Qualifications
ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. This position requires the employee to be a professing Christian and to be willing to support the Christian mission of ACU.
A. Professional
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (required).
Graduate or professional training in history, library science, language, archives, pedagogy, web design/marketing, or divinity (preferred).
Two years’ experience as an employee, intern, student worker, or researcher in a library, museum, Familiarity with or academic training in the history and culture of the Stone-Campbell religious reform movement (preferred).
B. Personal
High degree of organizational ability and efficiency.
Ability to pay attention to numerous details.
Approachable; enjoys understanding and adapting to information and educational needs in a variety of access situations.
Friendly, collaborative, and forthright habits of communication
Good work habits, such as punctuality, neatness, responsibility.

V. Physical Demands
A. Working at computer screen for most of the day.
B. Tolerating a physical environment that is cooler than usual.
C. Not excessively allergic to paper, inks, bindings, or similar items.
D. Can lift up to 20 pounds.


Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 16:41 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:46 UTC