Digital Preservation Officer/Librarian

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Created: May 4, 2011


The U of Alberta Libraries have extended the search for a Digital Preservation Officer/Librarian. This is a new position, open to those with and without the MLIS, and to international applicants. The core of it is policy and planning for our digital preservation activities, with the first target being TDR status. This person will work with a wide range of digitization and repository projects and staff. If digital preservation is your thing (and who can ignore it these days?), please have a look at this. If you're curious about the U of A Libraries, our digital activities, or Edmonton, feel free to contact me.





Digital Preservation Officer/Librarian


University of Alberta Library - Administration Systems Planning

Competition No. - A101713958D1

Closing Date - Will remain open until filled.


This position has been previously posted. Previous applicants do not

need to reapply.


The University of Alberta Libraries, with a long tradition of service

excellence to the University and its communities, seeks a dynamic

individual to take responsibility for its Digital Preservation

program. Within the framework of the academic plan and the University

of Alberta Libraries' strategic collections directions and digital

initiatives, the Digital Preservation Officer/Librarian is responsible

for all aspects of internal preservation operations and representing

the Libraries on external preservation partnerships. The Digital

Preservation Officer/Librarian maintains and shares expertise on

digital preservation with the University of Alberta Libraries, the

University community, and the professional community of practice.


Reporting to the Digital Initiatives Coordinator and working within a

cross-portfolio team setting, the Digital Preservation Officer/

Librarian will be responsible for digital preservation operations

including risk assessment and contingency planning; budgeting, policy

and procedure development; compliance with and ongoing audit for

requirements to achieve and maintain Trusted Digital Repository (TDR)

status; assessment of preservation initiatives and progress;

communications supporting digital preservation; and consultation

services for digital preservation within the University of Alberta

scholarly community and externally with other institutions engaged in

similar projects.


The University of Alberta Libraries is Canada's second largest

research library, with a collection exceeding seven million titles and

ten million volumes. The Libraries has a unique relationship with the

broader community through NEOS, a central Alberta consortium

consisting of 18 government, hospital, college and university

libraries and through The Alberta Library. The Libraries also has a

partnership with OCLC for cataloguing of materials. For more

information, visit our web-site at


Qualifications include a minimum of four years post-secondary

education in a relevant field; an MLS degree from an accredited

library school is desired. The successful candidate will have at least

3 to 5 years experience relevant to digital preservation in a research

or academic setting; superior ability to analyze, assess, and find

creative preservation and archiving solutions in a complex and dynamic

academic environment; and demonstrated skills in project planning and

implementation of complex technologies. Applicants must possess

excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the

ability to facilitate work in a collaborative team setting and

effectively communicate with colleagues in the library as well as

within the broader scholarly community.


This is an academic position with a salary commensurate with

qualifications and experience. Academic staff members at the

University of Alberta participate in a generous benefits program.


To apply, please include your resume and the names of three

references. Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2011 and

will continue until the position is filled.


How to Apply

Apply Online


Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain

Standard Time of the closing date.


Mail Kathleen De Long

Associate University Librarian

Cameron Library

University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2J8


Fax (780) 492-8302 <tel:%28780%29%20492-8302>


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians

and permanent residents will be given priority.


The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are

committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome

diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men,

including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities,

and Aboriginal persons.




Peter Binkley

Digital Initiatives Technology Librarian

Information Technology Services


4-30 Cameron Library

University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta

Canada T6G 2J8


phone 780-492-3743

fax 780-492-9243


How to apply


Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 13:05 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:47 UTC