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Digital Archivist at Archives and Rare Book Library, Librarian Position

Posted: 09/10/2023

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Job Overview
Full-time tenure-track faculty appointment responsible for developing and implementing digital workflows including, but not limited to, born-digital archives, the digitization of existing hard copy materials, and the digital preservation of established electronic records. Coordinates and provides technological support for ARB staff including the ARB website, discovery of digital content, and maintenance of digital collections and exhibitions.
Receives general direction from and reports to the head of the Archives & Rare Books Library (ARB). For digital initiatives and digital collection building projects, works with UCL Contents Services staff.
Essential Functions

  • Provides expertise on workflows, tools, and best practices to support the management of born digital content, including, but not limited to emails, web content, social media, and content on legacy physical media. 
  • Strategize, develop, and communicate processes for accessioning, ingesting, processing, describing, and preserving born-digital materials with ARB’s collections. 
  • Oversee the digitization of in-house materials, including manuscripts, photographs, and printed materials, and the creation of accompanying metadata; coordinates with outside vendors for other formats as needed. 
  • Collaborates in planning and creating digital collections, including digital object creation or organization of born-digital objects, metadata creation, and collection building through both batch and online methods. 
  • Serves on Libraries or University-wide teams as needed to create digital collections workflow as well as discovery and access solutions.
  • Organizes and creates online access to born-digital materials collected for collections or records management. 
  • Maintains web applications on the ARB website and collaborates in the support of other UC Libraries websites, using standards-compliant markup, web technologies, and best practices in accordance with UC website policies and hardware/software standards and practices. 
  • Provides reference service for born-digital records and digital content as needed. 
  • Assists in maintaining ARB collection databases, including collection descriptions, images, and documents; maintains ARB web content as provided by the Head of the Archives & Rare Books Library.
  • Provides oral and written reports as directed. 
  • Supervise student assistants as needed. 
  • Promotes digital projects through blog posts and social media. 
  • Participate in appropriate, meetings, committees and organizations related to the duties and responsibilities of the department, and in support of UC Libraries programs and organizations.
Required Education
  • Master's degree in library science or information science from an ALA-accredited institution with a demonstrated understanding of digital librarianship, or a graduate degree in a related field.
Required Experience
  • Familiarity with archival and special collections standards and best practices, especially as they relate to the particular issues posed by born-digital content. 
  • Experience with digital collections architecture and infrastructure, and current standards and practices for digital collections. General knowledge of digital libraries, institutional repositories, and digital preservation. 
  • Experience working with archival collections and digital archival collections, as well as automated archival databases. 
  • General knowledge of standards-based metadata schema, including the Extended Dublin Core metadata schema. 
  • Familiarity with digital asset management systems. 
  • General knowledge in the development and maintenance of web sites. General knowledge of web technologies such as html, xml, CSS and JavaScript. Knowledge and ability to produce and optimize images for the web, including experience with image editing software. 
  • Demonstrated experience in providing exceptional customer service. 
  • Demonstrated record of ongoing professional development and contribution, and ability to meet UC Libraries reappointment, promotion and tenure requirements. 
  • Ability to think analytically, to use effective verbal and written communication, including the use of computer technology, and to remember details and concentrate on tasks. 
  • Physical requirements include attending work-related meetings, directing others, and the ability to lift materials weighing up to 25 pounds with or without accommodation.
Additional Qualifications Considered
  • Additional graduate degree in a related field. 
  • Experience processing analog archival collections. 
  • Knowledge of multiple metadata schemas in addition to Extended Dublin Core, such as VRA, MODS and METS. 
  • Knowledge of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) XML-based standard. 
  • Experience using Adobe Photoshop (or similar image editing software) and Adobe Dreamweaver (or similar web development software). 
  • Knowledge of current developments in linked data, semantic web applications and the Resource Description Framework (RDF). 
  • Working knowledge of or experience with institutional repository or digital collection platforms, such as CONTENTdm, Islandora: DSpace, or others. 
  • Experience with content management systems (CMS) and developing functional specifications for integrating digital repositories with a CMS-based front-end. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Supervisory experience in the hiring, training, and appraisal of the work of student employees.
Physical Requirements/Work Environment
  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.
  • Lifting - up to 20 pounds - Often
Application Process
Please submit an online application and include:
  • Cover Letter 
  • CV/Resume
Applications will not be considered without a Cover Letter and CV/Resume.   
Compensation and Benefits
UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.
  • Competitive salary range of $60,000 - $65,000 dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.
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The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application, you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.
The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.

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