Digital Programs Archivist

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Created: February 5, 2013


The American Heritage Center (AHC) of the University of Wyoming is seeking a Digital Programs Archivist at the assistant archivist level. The AHC seeks a creative, articulate, and collaborative professional to manage its electronic records and mass digitization programs, and provide leadership on various web tasks. The incumbent reports to the Associate Director of the AHC.

The AHC is a major research archive independent of the University's libraries, reporting directly to the Provost. The AHC is one of the largest and busiest modern manuscripts repositories in the U.S. Its archivists have modified faculty status and are involved in scholarly efforts in various fields. Recent emphases at the AHC have been on minimal processing and cataloging, reappraisal, major scanning projects, and pragmatic electronic records initiatives. In 2010 the Center received SAA's Distinguished Service Award.


The Digital Programs Archivist will continue to evolve the AHC's electronic records program by developing and executing processes enabling effective and efficient acquisition, appraisal, ingest, preservation, and management of born-digital archival collections. This position works closely with a variety of stakeholders, including Libraries, IT, donors, and other AHC archivists. The Digital Programs Archivist will manage a very active mass digitization program, and provide leadership in the creation and delivery of digital content to meet the needs of the AHC's constituents. This includes digitization of text, image, audio, and video formats. The archivist may also assist with ongoing development and maintenance of various AHC websites. The archivist will be expected to remain current with emerging standards and professional best practices in digitization and electronic records administration and be able to manage complex projects, coordinate multiple activities and tasks, and supervise 2.5 FTE staff as well as various student employees.


Required: Master's degree in Library Science, Information Science, Computer Science/Systems Management, History, or other allied discipline. Understanding of modern archival principles and practices, through graduate education or equivalent experience. Strong knowledge of current electronic records theory and practice. Strong familiarity with metadata standards, such as MARC, EAD, Dublin Core, METS, MODS, and PREMIS. Strong familiarity with one or more markup languages (HTML, XHTML, etc.). Experience using Digital Asset Management software. Strong familiarity with digitization standards and workflows. Excellent organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to handle complex analytical and detailed work. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a complex and rapidly changing environment.

Preferred: Graduate concentration equivalent to the SAA Guidelines for Archival Graduate Education. Progressively responsible experience with digitizing content in an archival repository. Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective programs, complex projects, and services. Experience obtaining grant funding and managing grant funded projects. Advanced knowledge of and experience with administrating electronic records programs in an archival setting. Experience in other common areas of archival practice, including collection development, archival processing, and outreach.

Salary and Benefits: Salary $45,000. UW's benefit package includes health and life insurance, retirement funded primarily by the university, and tuition benefits for employee and their spouse. This position is afforded 22 vacation days per year plus an additional full week paid leave during the annual Winter Break campus closure. The position includes time and funds toward professional development. Detailed information regarding the University of Wyoming, the AHC, and the benefit package can be found on the web at

The University's policy has been, and will continue to be, one of nondiscrimination, offering equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without regard to such matters as race, sex, gender, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, political belief, or other status protected by state and federal statues or University Regulations. The University of Wyoming is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, employment and motor vehicle history. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.

Application Materials Required:

Application: Applicants should submit a letter of application, a resume/vitae detailing relevant academic coursework and experience related to this position, and the names and contact information for three professional references, by email to Review of applications will begin immediately and this position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired.

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