Carnegie Mellon University Libraries seeks a collaborative, curious, creative, and technically skilled faculty colleague with experience working in digital preservation and digital curation to join the University Archives and Distinctive Collections team.
In this role, you will be responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining the Carnegie Mellon University Archives' born-digital program. This includes developing policies and procedures for accessioning, ingesting, preserving, managing, and providing access to electronic records; developing procedures and workflows for describing born-digital records within hybrid collections; managing web-archiving activities; and advising departments and donors on the management of electronic records. You will also work closely with colleagues focused on digitization, and digital strategies and infrastructure to develop policies and procedures for managing digital records and integrate them into existing projects and programs.
This role will support and develop new initiatives focused on the rich holdings of the University Archives and Carnegie Mellon's international reputation for robotics and artificial intelligence. Such initiatives include the Robotics Project, which seeks to develop a model for collecting and preserving the robotics research ecosystem, including objects, code, and born-digital documents.
You will be joining an agile, innovative, and enthusiastic archives team focused on re-envisioning how archives can support and capture work in both STEM and fine arts fields, as well as building collections that represent our diverse university community. As a member of this team, and under the leadership of the associate dean for distinctive collections, you will:
work with other library faculty and staff to support university priorities
help meet the wide range of preservation and records management needs on campus and
remain involved with larger communities of practice related to digital preservation, software preservation, collections as data, and digital archives.
We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service.
What You Will Do
Develop and implement policies and procedures for the transfer, ingest, preservation, and management of born-digital records, including assets like code and software with multiple dependencies.
Develop procedures and workflows for describing born-digital records within hybrid collections.
Lead efforts to archive website, social-media, and other web-based content.
Advise departments and donors on the management of electronic records.
Collaborate with multiple library units to develop digital preservation standards for the library.
Collaborate with faculty and staff colleagues to support emerging initiatives related to digital scholarship and collections as data.
Identify opportunities for broader collaborations across campus and/or the profession.
Maintain an active presence in relevant communities of practice and professional organizations.
Your Faculty Status
You will be a member of the library faculty, with your initial appointment rank and salary dependent on your experience. In addition to developing a digital archives program, you will be encouraged and supported in developing or continuing your own program of research and scholarship related to digital archives and/or to aspects of your disciplinary expertise. You will also participate in governance and projects through various committees and working groups as assigned or elected.
What We Require The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in library/information science (with a focus on archives or digital preservation) and enthusiasm for developing as a professional. They will also be able to demonstrate a willingness to continue learning in order to implement ever-evolving best practices, and be able to demonstrate training and/or direct experience with the following:
Experience working with digital archives
Knowledge of digital preservation standards and best practices
Experience with digital forensics and data extraction tools
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Experience with archival management systems
Experience with web archiving tools
What We Would Like You To Have
Knowledge of Python or similar scripting languages
Experience working in an academic archive
Experience with ArchivesSpace and/or Islandora
What We Can Offer
A competitive annual salary commensurate with experience
A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a world-leading and global research-intensive institution known for its distinctive interdisciplinary culture, which champions creative and technological inquiry and collaborative efforts, and its faculty who inspire students to think creatively, interpret with insight, and solve major societal, scientific, and technological challenges. Please visit
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.