Digital curation librarian

Philadelphia, PA
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Created: March 9, 2022


Job Title: Digital Curation Librarian 

Position #M00115

Grade K (Exempt)

DUL Organization (3271)

Date: January 7, 2022, revised


Drexel University Libraries (DUL) seeks a creative and highly motivated digital curation librarian as the Libraries’ expert for digital and data preservation and curation issues and solutions. The librarian will manage a wide array of digital collections, including university electronic records and websites, born-digital and digitized documents, images, multi-media materials, research datasets, scholarly publications, and electronic theses and dissertations. The librarian will develop and implement strategies, best practices, policies, and processes to support acquisition, management, preservation, and access of the Libraries’ digital assets. To enhance discovery and ensure long-term access to digital resources, the librarian will promote metadata consistency and compliance with national and international standards, and generate procedures and documents for effective digital lifecycle management

The librarian collaborates with colleagues across the Libraries’ matrixed organization, as well as the wider Drexel University curatorial community to provide leadership to develop and implement best practices and procedures for curating digital materials and to strengthen the Libraries’ evolving digital repository. The librarian will contribute to planning projects and ongoing production and advise on relevant equipment, metadata, standards, and formats. The Libraries’ current tools and systems for digital content management include Alma-D, Esploro, ArchivesSpace, Archive-It, BitCurator, Omeka, and DuraCloud.


The Libraries operates as a cost-effective, continuous quality improvement, evidence-based, customer-centered organization with a commitment to a supportive culture of diversity, equity and inclusiveness. Reporting to the University Archivist and working closely with the Manager, Information Access and the Libraries’ Integrated Technology Systems team, the librarian may represent the Libraries in university activities and initiatives and is expected to contribute to the library and information profession through service, presentations, and publications. DUL librarians also provide their disciplinary subject expertise to support the matrixed programs of Curricula Support and Information Assistance and Scholarly Connections initiatives.



Key Responsibilities

  • Acquire, appraise, ingest, preserve, describe, and provide access to born-digital and digitally reformatted materials 
  • Provide expertise and guidance in assessing, improving, and developing policies, procedures, tools, and workflows for digital and data curation 
  • Employ accepted industry standards for digital production and quality control; coordinate metadata, data curation, storage, and dissemination solutions
  • Implement, manage, and provide direction for the Libraries’ web-archiving program, including the archiving of Open Educational Resources (OERs) 




  • Master’s in digital content management or ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library/information science or a related field
  • Three years’ professional experience working with digital content management or institutional repositories 
  • Working knowledge of digital content management principles and best practices, relevant standards, metadata schema (e.g., Dublin Core, EAD, MODS) and controlled vocabularies 
  • Knowledge of digital preservation theory and practice, including best practices, current technologies, relevant file format standards, and the OAIS reference model 
  • Experience with current and emerging digitization technologies, processes and standards and their application in academic libraries 
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, project management, and organizational skills 
  • Demonstrated self-directed learner with ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Evidence of involvement and contribution to the profession through service, presentations or publications.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, inclusive and welcoming work environment in both physical and cyber spaces


  • Undergraduate degree, graduate coursework, or advanced degree in a Social Sciences discipline
  • Experience working in an academic library or other information management organizations 
  • Experience with tools such as Alma-D, ArchivesSpace, and Archive-It
  • Knowledge of legacy digital, audio and audiovisual formats 
  • Experience with disk imaging, digital forensics tools, and digital preservation management tools

How to apply


Matthew Lyons
University Archivist

Drexel University Libraries 

Drexel University

3300 Market Street

W. W. Hagerty Library

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tel: 215.895.1757 | Fax: 215.895.2070


Published: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 23:54 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 23:54 UTC