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Digital Archivist

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Job Detail

Campus Location Boston Campus
Working Title Digital Archivist

The Digital Archivist implements ongoing digital preservation and digitization projects in the Emerson College Archives and Special Collections. Core responsibilities include collaborating with the Archivist & Records Coordinator to acquire, appraise, describe, preserve, and provide access to both digitized and born-digital records. The digital archivist also works with the Head of Archives & Special Collections and Digital Initiatives Librarian to plan and execute workflows for the digitization of analog records. He/she will also monitor the activities of interns and work study students.

Primary Duties, Responsibilites, and Tasks
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Education (including hardware, software, and equipment)

ALA accredited master’s degree in library/information science with course work in archives, digital curation, or digital preservation.
• Comprehensive knowledge of current trends in digital preservation theory and standards and technologies that enable effective preservation of permanent digital records.
• Communication skills and customer service orientation including the ability to work with all academic levels, including administrators, staff, students, faculty, and external donors.
• Demonstrated experience with digital repository platforms (open source or commercial).
• Knowledge of various methods of digital preservation, including the use of file packing formats and comprehensive software programs, as well as the OAIS reference model.
• Ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective programs, complex projects, and service.
• Experience generating checksums, preservation metadata, and working with tools that verify file authenticity and tools that identify potentially restricted content.
• Knowledge of metadata schemas such as Dublin Core, METS, MODS, PREMIS, VRA core, and TEI
• Basic knowledge of HTML/CSS/Javascript/other coding languages

Preferred/Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Education (including hardware, software, and equipment)

• Graphic/web/user experience design expertise
• Experience with one or more of the following technologies: Preservica, AtoM, Omeka, Wordpress, Drupal, BagIt, and Adobe editing software
• Experience using open access formats and technologies
• Knowledge of electronic records management techniques and best practices
• Knowledge of current best practices related to copyright issues for digital collections
• Basic knowledge of digital forensics technologies
• Knowledge of best practices for the preservation and digitization of AV materials

Required Prior Work Experience

• One or more years working with digital archives, preferably in an academic environment

Special Instructions to Applicants
Diversity Statement

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Posting Detail Information

Requisition Number FY11/120705STFF
Open Date 02/28/2017
Close Date


Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Emerson College typically hires qualified candidates between the minimum and 25th percentile of the grade range. Emerson College also offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Benefits Package

Information on Emerson College’s benefits package can be found here.

Classification Title Career IC
Salary Grade 16
Job Family Individual Contributor

Job Duties

Individual Work Activities

Collaborate with the Archivist & Records Coordinator to implement and manage the necessary workflows for acquisition, ingestion, description, maintenance, preservation, and intellectual access to/of digital content in all digital repository platforms. This includes processing, creating finding aids, and generating item-level metadata for digital collections. Assist in the creation and updating of policies and procedures for these activities.

Individual Work Activities

Implement and manage workflows for the digitization of analog materials identified as being in need of preservation, including the use of preservation formats, creation of item-level metadata, and post-digitization preservation activities. Assists in the identification of materials to be digitized in collaboration with the Digital Initiatives Librarian and Head of Archives & Special Collections.

Individual Work Activities

In conjunction with the Head of Archives & Special Collections, Archivist & Records Coordinator, and college departments, develop and implement policies and procedures concerning the creation, maintenance, and preservation of departmental digital assets and related metadata. Provide training for college staff, faculty, and student organizations regarding these subjects.

Individual Work Activities

Provides access to born-digital and digitized materials by creating digital collections and exhibits. This includes editing digital multimedia and web content. Develop and maintain a strategy for providing universal access using a Preservica Universal Access website or other digital platform. Contribute to planning future projects as well as creating and updating related policies and procedures.

Individual Work Activities

Supports the Digital Initiatives Librarian by assisting with project coordination and grant writing as needed.

Requisition Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. References
Optional Documents
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