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Digital Resources Archivist (K-State Libraries)

Apply now Department: 3670003040 Hale Library
Job no: 508938
Work type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Library
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections at Kansas State University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Digital Resources Archivist. This full-time, tenure-track faculty position reports to the Head of Special Collections and leads efforts to preserve and provide access to born-digital and digitized content at the Libraries. This position also advises Libraries’ colleagues and university personnel on strategies and best practices relative to creating, preserving, and providing access to digital resources.

This position requires a strong commitment to understanding matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion and their implications in a digital realm. The person in this capacity will demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills to establish and maintain productive working relationships with diverse constituencies. Further, this position requires demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills in an environment requiring attention to detail and a high level of accuracy.

Leading the digital initiatives team of two full-time staff, the incumbent implements the digital program plan, facilitates the digital projects working group, coordinates web archiving activities, and represents K-State in the Kansas Archive-It Consortium (KAIC). Other efforts will include digital object management, quality assurance, and using forensic technologies, digital capture equipment, and software applications for post-production. Collaborates with Libraries’ colleagues to ensure digital objects are available to meet instruction, reference, and exhibit needs. Works with department head to assess staffing, facility, technology, and financial resource needs, and to implement plans to meet those needs.

During the incumbent’s first year, they will be responsible for establishing a new digitization lab made possible by a gift from the Butler Family Community Foundation. Duties during this time will include selecting and recommending equipment to purchase, reviewing existing policies and procedures relative to creating and managing digital objects, creating other documentation, establishing project priorities, and leading digitization projects. Further, they will be involved in helping return the department to Hale Library after an extensive renovation following a May 2018 fire.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Demonstrated knowledge of theories and practices related to digital archives and digitization, including creation, ingest, metadata, preservation, access, and discovery
  • Proficiency with hardware, software, and workflows for digital archives and digitization
  • Experience applying standards and schema for descriptive, structural, and preservation metadata, such as DACS, Dublin Core, EAC-CPF, EAD, METS, MODS, or PREMIS
  • Successful supervisory experience and demonstrated project management skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate-level coursework in archival subjects (including digital archives) or concentration in archival administration
  • Digital Archives Specialist certification from the Society of American Archivists
  • Knowledge of XSLT
  • Successful grant-writing experience
  • Knowledge of laws and ethics that inform digital archives and digitization activities in a higher education environment, such as acquisition, providing access, and intellectual property

How to Apply:

Combine the following documents into a single PDF file and upload it along with your completed application:

  1. Letter of application. To greatly strengthen your application, please apply your communication skills to clearly address the position responsibilities and qualifications listed above, and demonstrate how your work style, vision, and other distinctive qualities would enhance our organization.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  1. Names and contact information for three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until filled.  For best consideration, apply by March 23, 2020.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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