The Princeton University Library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,600 graduate students, 853 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images. The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities.
The Digital Archivist will work at the Princeton University Library’s Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, a unit of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. This library houses the Princeton University Archives (current holdings of approximately 15,000 cubic feet) as well as a major collection of 20th-century public policy papers (current holdings of approximately 20,000 cubic feet).
Reporting to the Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services, the Digital Archivist is dedicated to the processing, description, and preservation of University records in both digital and analog form. The Digital Archivist’s primary focus will be to participate in the continued development and evolution of an electronic records program at the Mudd Manuscript Library. This work will include developing, implementing, and executing processes enabling effective acquisition, appraisal, ingest, description, preservation, access to and security of born-digital and hybrid archival collections acquired by the University Archives. The archivist will be expected to remain current with emerging standards and professional best practices and be able to manage complex projects.
The Digital Archivist will be integrated into the functions of the Library and the Mudd Library Technical Services Unit. The position will participate in the archival processing, accessioning, and reference programs of the Mudd Manuscript Library and contribute to work relating to development and evaluation of infrastructure for digital archives, access systems and tools, digitization, and related technical issues. This position also works with a variety of stakeholders, including archivists and librarians, developers, IT staff, and donors, and will supervise the work of student assistants.
• Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archives management, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Demonstrated knowledge of archives and records management theory and practice, including experience processing archival records.
• Comprehensive knowledge of electronic records management principles and practices and digital preservation theory and practice.
• Knowledge of strategies, such as computer forensics, and technology developed or adopted by the archival community for managing born-digital archival and manuscript material.
• Knowledge of relevant standards for archival description including DACS, EAD, and EAC-CPF, and familiarity with other metadata standards such as METS and PREMIS.
• Excellent supervisory and organizational skills and ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects.
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment.
• Two to three years of relevant professional experience.
• Experience implementing policies, standards, and procedures for stewardship of digital material in an archival or special collections setting.
• Experience with FTK, floppy drive controllers (e.g. Catweasel, Kryoflux), writeblockers, Sleuth Kit, fiwalk, and emulators.
• Experience with XSLT, XQuery and/or scripting languages (e.g. Ruby, Python).
• Experience working in an active university records program.
Compensation and Benefits: Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Twenty-four vacation days a year, plus nine paid holidays and two personal days. Annuity program (TIAA/CREF), group life insurance, health coverage insurance, disability insurance, and other benefits are available.
Nominations and Applications: Review of applications will begin June 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications (cover letter, resume and the names, titles, addresses and phone numbers of three references) will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: http://www.princeton.edu/jobs
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