Digital Records Archivist

Minneapolis, MN
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Salary: $58,500 minimum
Created: April 19, 2023


The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks an innovative and collaborative individual for the position of Digital Records Archivist in the University Minnesota Archives. The Digital Records Archivist serves a core operational role and provides measurable impact for the University of Minnesota in developing and sustaining the preservation of digital records and publications through a variety of approaches, including the University of Minnesota's institutional repository, the University Digital Conservancy (UDC); the University of Minnesota web archiving program; and the digital records program of the University Archives. The Digital Records Archivist is part of a team within the University Archives and works closely with the Libraries' Digital Preservation and Repository Technologies unit and Electronic Records Management Group.

The position reports to the University Archivist and Director of the University Digital Conservancy. The University of Minnesota Archives is the official records repository of the University of Minnesota with mandated responsibility for the historically valuable documentation of University units and individuals, including faculty, staff, and administrators in all formats and media. The University Digital Conservancy (UDC) is a systemwide institutional repository for digital records and publications produced or sponsored by administrative and academic units. The UDC serves as the digital arm of the University Archives in support of the Libraries' mission of creating and sharing knowledge through broad access to information resources in published or unpublished form and made accessible to all members of the University community and the broader state and global community. The University Archives is located in the Elmer L. Andersen Library on the West Bank campus of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

This is a full-time, 12-month, annual renewable professional academic position. The minimum salary for this position is $58,500.  The Libraries offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. Up to one-month salary moving allowance.

Major Responsibilities

  • Provides timely operational management of the institutional repository and coordination of services with a systemwide team of archivists and librarians to sustain an institutional repository program and to collect digital records and publications.
  • Contributes to policies and procedures for digital records and publications added to the repository and the University Archives, including the discussion of metadata standards, the migration of formats, identifying issues of content retrieval and sharing, the application of federal laws and university policies, and digital preservation.
  • Oversees the web archiving program for the university and identifies web-based content for inclusion in the UDC or University Archives.
  • Provides digital appraisal services for administrators, faculty, and campus units to identify at-risk digital records that merit sustained access and develops workflows to ingest and describe the digital content within the UDC or the digital records program of the University Archives.
  • Enhances public engagement and transparency through collaborating with university offices, departments, and programs to capture and preserve institutional digital records that document university functions and initiatives for public accountability and of historical significance.



  • Masters degree from an American Library Association accredited library school or an advanced degree with relevant experience.
  • Experience working with repository platforms or content management systems.
  • Demonstrated understanding of digital records ingest, processing, and preservation strategies.
  • Experience with web archiving methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to support, respect, and commit to embracing diverse backgrounds, values, and points of view in order to build an environment that fosters an inclusive community.


  • Experience in project management and process documentation.
  • Proficiency with metadata management tools (e.g., MS Excel, OpenRefine)
  • Familiarity with metadata standards and archival description practices.
  • Facility in the use of technology or API development.
  • Keen interest in problem-solving and analytical solutions.
  • Ability to work effectively independently and in cooperation with colleagues in a service-oriented, collaborative environment.

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Published: Thursday, April 20, 2023 16:51 UTC

Last updated: Thursday, April 20, 2023 16:51 UTC