Digital Archivist, Stanford University Libraries

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Digital Archivist  76861

* This is a career track position posted at Librarian levels 1 and 2.

Stanford Libraries is seeking an innovative Digital Archivist to develop and maintain a sustainable program for long-term curation of born-digital materials – including appraisal, transfer, and processing, as well as collaborating with staff across the libraries to test and implement discovery and access solutions. They will report to the Head, Collection Services & Born-Digital Program.


• Determine and implement required processes and workflows, including appraisal, transfer, discovery, access, and preservation for stewarding born-digital materials
• Process born-digital collections from the department’s growing backlog
• Defining specific processes and functionality required to enable integration between the digital repository, archival software (ArchivesSpace)
• Contribution to definition and documentation of the born-digital curation process
• Execute the assessment, processing, arrangement and description of born-digital and hybrid archives, including material Stanford’s backlog and newly acquired materials.
• Analyze metadata across all digital collections in order to harmonize conflicts and inconsistencies and make them function effectively in a unified discovery environment (ArcLight)
• Work closely with metadata team re local policies, best practices, and common standards
• Maintain close working relationships with DLSS staff related to the development of the SDR, data models, and the administration of its content, and the overall accessioning queue and process
• Collaborate with colleagues and with the broader digital archivist community
• Participate in large scale research and development projects related to born-digital curation, interoperability, and identity management, including the development of Stanford’s linked data environment




Education & Experience:

• MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited library school or the equivalent

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Experience with relevant aspects of archival operations including understanding of contemporary archival practices, trends and emerging technologies.
• Ability to work effectively in a team environment and negotiate issues with people from different parts of the library.
• Ability to identify challenges and opportunities, engage others in their resolution and recommend appropriate courses of action.
• Deep appreciation for and demonstrated understanding of the purpose and structure of archival-related discovery metadata and access environments
• Demonstrated knowledge of metadata content, structure, and preservation standards including MARC, EAD, DACS, MODS, etc.
• Knowledge of standards such as technical, preservation, structural, packaging, and transfer metadata schemes
• Knowledge of copyright and data protection issues
• Knowledge of emulation / virtual machine environment
• Workflow analysis and development of or testing of IT system
• Excellent analytical and problem solving skills combined with attention to detail for complex detail-oriented work
• Excellent oral and written communications
• Ability to work independently, as a team member, and across organizational boundaries in a highly demanding environment
• Flexibility to be organized, productive and effective in a dynamic environment, involved with a variety of simultaneous projects

Specialized IT Knowledge:

• Storage media (floppy, zip, optical disks, hard drives, tapes, etc.) and relative interface (PATA, SCSI, SATA, etc.)
• File systems (FAT, NTFS, HFS, etc.)
• File transfer protocols (FTP, FTPS, SFTP, FTP over SSH, etc.) and their specialist clients
• Web archiving software/service (HTTrack, Archive-IT, etc.)
• Historical development of information technologies
• Validation tools (JHOVE, FITS, DROID, etc.)
• Digital signature (digital certificates, public key infrastructure, etc.)
• Natural language processing (entity extraction, topic modeling, etc.)
• Different types of information technologies (computer hardware, networking hardware, operating systems, firewall, application software, etc.)
• Digital forensics and data analysis tools (BitCurator, AccessData FTK, EnCase)

* Librarian 2 level requires a minimum of 3 year relevant experience.

• Constantly sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
• Frequently twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasps lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
• Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, writing by hand, kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other).
• Rarely use a telephone, operate hand controls.
• Must be able to push and maneuver a fully-loaded cart weighing up to 650 pounds that requires an initial push force up to 50 pounds

* – Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

• May work in confined spaces and at heights 4-10 feet; be exposed to dust and mold; work extended hours, evenings and weekends.
• Will work primarily out of Stanford Libraries’ Redwood City campus; but will also work on the main campus as needed.

• Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
• Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
• Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job: Library

Location: University Libraries

Schedule: Full-time

Grade: G
Job Code: 1781

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