Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
Under the direction of the Head of Preservation and Digitization, the Digital Preservation Librarian develops, documents, implements and oversees preservation workflows, procedures and policies for Washington University Libraries' digital collections and assets, both digitized and born-digital. The incumbent will collaborate with stakeholders across the Libraries and campus to develop programmatic and sustainable policies and workflows to address digital curation and long-term digital preservation needs for the Libraries and related campus assets.
PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develops, documents, implements and oversees preservation workflows, procedures and policies for Washington University Libraries' digital assets, both digitized and born-digital. These assets include, but are not limited to, images, audio-visual recordings, data sets, web archives, e-mail archives, social media archives and 3D models. These policies include, but are not limited to, metadata standards, repository preservation standards, and storage standards.
Participates in the administration and development of the University Libraries' technology infrastructure for digital preservation, in collaboration with Library Technology Services, WUIT, and related campus units for technology services.
Collaborates with Special Collections, Data Services, Digital Library and other key Libraries' staff to ensure creation and maintenance of University Libraries digital assets according to current preservation practices.
Provides consultation services to Washington University faculty, students and staff to promote education on preserving digital material and retrieving information from legacy media formats.
Participates as part of the professional community to stay up to date on new programs, standards, and developments within the rapidly-growing digital library field. This includes pursuing continuing education and certification to remain current with the community of practice for digital preservation, as well as being a leader within the broader fields of preservation and digital libraries. Shares these developments with the University Libraries' staff through periodic alerts, summaries, reports and revisions to policies and procedures. Participates in library-wide and university-wide activities, committees, special projects and programs, as assigned.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in library and information science, an advanced graduate degree in a relevant field, or an equivalent combined amount of education and experience.
Demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation standards and best practices.
Familiarity with application and implementation of standards-based non-MARC metadata (e.g. Dublin Core, METS, PREMIS), and ability to investigate and learn new metadata standards as required.
Experience with digital preservation systems and tools, such as Archivematica, Preservica and Bagger/BagIt.
Experience working effectively with and collaboratively with peers, donors, collectors and scholars.
Demonstrated experience with implementation and use of digital tools, methods, and approaches utilized in digital preservation.
Ability to learn new technologies and instruct others in their uses.
Experience with digital asset management systems, file systems, object stores, and storage technologies.
Excellent decision-making skills and the ability to work independently.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni.
Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment, and to communicate well with IT and non-IT staff.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent organization skills and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Experience in working with faculty and researchers to develop work plans for digital projects, including articulating workflows, obtaining resources, and setting objectives for digital projects.
Demonstrated experience and familiarity with repository software and platforms (e.g., Islandora, Fedora Commons, Samvera, DSpace).
Demonstrated experience with project management, especially in managing multiple and simultaneous projects.
Familiarity with document processing tools and languages, such as JSON, XML and XSLT.
Familiarity with web design and web development.
Familiarity with database design and management.
Demonstrated ability to establish or refine operational workflows across multiple business units.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of University Libraries. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The hiring range for this position is $52,943 - $68,816 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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