As a member of the Technical and Digital Services unit within Special Collections, Smith College Libraries, the Digital Archivist will provide practical implementation, expertise, and leadership in areas related to born-digital and digitized collection materials. The Digital Archivist will carry out specialized activities related to digital collections, and will provide ongoing training and oversight to others in the department who may carry out some of these activities as well. Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment
Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Digital Content Management (50%)
Oversee and maintain existing file storage systems and associated local standards to ensure the ongoing preservation of approximately 35 TB of content
Facilitate, manage, and perform ingest of digital content to access platforms, which currently include a consortially-managed Islandora repository, Google Drive, and a media server
Maintain, improve, and carry out or support others in the department to carry out established workflows and activities for accessioning, describing, and storing born-digital materials
In consultation with others in the department and libraries, design, test, and carry out new workflows and activities for appraising, processing, and facilitating routine access to born-digital materials
Carry out and oversee the collection and description of web-based content, currently done using Archive-It and ArchivesSpace
Locate, prepare, and deliver digital content that is not available online directly to faculty, staff, and researchers
Evaluate, coordinate purchases of, and maintain hardware and software specific to the needs of digital materials in Special Collections, which are not otherwise supported at the Library, College, or Consortial level
Develop and maintain standards for digitization of collection materials, in close consultation with the public services staff
Oversee and participate in the post-capture processing of locally and vendor digitized content, as needed
Collect and report on relevant statistics and qualitative/quantitative metrics about digital collections and their growth, management, and use
Training and Consulting (20%)
Train staff and student employees in the department to carry out established workflows with digitized and born-digital content, and ensure the ongoing quality of this work
Work with donors and collection Stewards to facilitate the transfer of born-digital materials to Special Collections
In collaboration with the Metadata Archivist, ensure that the department follows appropriate professional standards for descriptive, structural, and administrative metadata for digital materials
Understand and represent Special Collections’ unique needs in digital preservation and access initiatives at the departmental, library, campus, and consortial levels
Create and maintain documentation and training materials intended for audiences with a variety of technology skill levels
Communicate and work effectively with a cross-section of technical and non-technical staff, including archivists and librarians, faculty and students, administrators, developers, IT staff and donors.
Planning and Project Management (20%)
Working with the Digital Library Applications Administrator/Developer and campus Information and Technology Services, incrementally improve and automate processes whenever possible using command-line tools, scripting languages, and enterprise-level integration platforms
In collaboration with the Smith College Libraries’ Digital Strategist and others, plan for and carry out future migrations to modern digital asset management and preservation systems
Participate in the selection of vendors and management of outsourced digitization and digital media migration work
Serve as project manager on unit and departmental projects on a rotational basis
Professional Engagement and Development (5%)
Remain current with relevant emerging standards and professional best practices, and their real-world application
Learn and adopt new technologies and skills in a supportive, but largely self-directed environment
Actively engage in relevant professional opportunities and communities
General Operational Support (5%)
As a member of the Technical and Digital Services team, provide general operational support to Special Collections and the Smith College Libraries when and where needed. For example: serve regular hours in the reading room; provide reference backup support; serve on library and consortial committees. May work some evenings and weekends for special events as needed. Perform related duties as assigned. All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment
All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent degree, with formal training in archival theory required; other educational backgrounds will be considered in combination with significant additional training and/or experience that specifically addresses the knowledge and skills required for the positionStrong cultural competencies and a demonstrated commitment to anti-oppressive professional practices. Three years of experience working with special collections, including a minimum of two years working with born-digital materials. A demonstrated understanding of archival arrangement, description, and appraisal, and experience applying archival principles in a digital environment
Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
An understanding of digital objects in various formats (text, image, audio, video, etc.) and best practices and standards associated with each format Demonstrated aptitude for learning and applying new technical skills, such as using command-line tools and writing simple programs/scripts required Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills, including project/program management Experience collaborating with and training people from diverse backgrounds and with various levels of technological proficiency Experience managing or assessing large collections of digital content preferred Experience working with multiple computer platforms including Linux, Windows, and/or macOS, working knowledge of Python, and/or experience with APIs prefered Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills including service orientation with ability to interact with diverse constituencies
Anticipated hiring range is approximately $53,000 - $68,000 with the actual offer based on finalist’s experience, among other factors.
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