The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Professional Librarian - Digital Archivist

Hiring department Briscoe Center
Monthly salary $3,958
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Posting number 18-10-03-01-0080
Job Status Closed
FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin (main campus)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

This is a temporary position - two years from date of hire with the possibility of extension depending on funding.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


To lead and manage the Briscoe Center digital archives program, including the appraisal, processing, preservation, description of and access to born digital and digitized archival materials.

Essential Functions

Develop and document policies and procedures for stewardship of digital materials, including email, websites, and social media, as well as material residing on current or legacy formats. Lead evaluation and implementation of tools, standards and systems related to digital stewardship and metadata management. Oversee digitization operations and workflows and prepare digital content with rigorous attention to metadata creation and quality control. Appraise, preserve, describe, and provide access to primary source digital materials, both born digital and digital content created in house. Manage the staff in the Digital Archives Unit. Represent the Briscoe Center and University Archive in collaborative campus wide digital stewardship efforts. Meet and communicate with donors to facilitate collection development and the acquisition process and assist in transferring archival collections to the Center, with some occasional travel as needed. Keep abreast of current and developing trends in digital preservation theory, standards and technologies. Participate in reference desk rotation, including periodic Saturday reference desk shifts.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Required qualifications

Masters degree in Information Science, Information Studies, History or other closely related field with a concentration in archival enterprise. At least two years working with digital material in an archival setting. Strong technical expertise with digital objects in a library or cultural heritage organization. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with digital stewardship issues, tools, standards, and best practices. Familiarity with metadata standards relevant to archival collections. Experience designing and managing complex projects. Demonstrated commitment to a collaborative work environment. Demonstrated ability to create solutions for problems, negotiate difficult situations, motivate staff, and maintain a productive harmonious work environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Certified archivist designation. Digital Archives Specialist ,DAS, certificate from the Society of American Archivists. Supervisory experience. Experience planning and managing a digital preservation program. Strong organizational and project management skills. Ability to embrace ambiguity in a changing environment and be committed to continual professional development, improvement and learning. Experience leading collaborative initiatives in a highly distributed environment. Experience working with Archivematica. Experience working with ArchivesSpace. Experience working in a Drupal and Islandora environment.

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Climbing of ladders Lifting and moving Will be exposed to book dust and book mold. Lifting and moving up to 50lbs.

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