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ILS Employment Listing

Assistant Archivist

Date posted: February 15, 2013

State: Wyoming


Job description:

The American Heritage Center (AHC) of the University of Wyoming is seeking a Digital Programs Archivist at the assistant archivist level. The AHC seeks a creative, articulate, and collaborative professional to manage its electronic records and mass digitization programs, and provide leadership on various web tasks. The incumbent reports to the Associate Director of the AHC.

The AHC is a major research archive independent of the University's libraries, reporting directly to the Provost. The AHC is one of the largest and busiest modern manuscripts repositories in the U.S. Its archivists have modified faculty status and are involved in scholarly efforts in various fields. Recent emphases at the AHC have been on minimal processing and cataloging, reappraisal, major scanning projects, and pragmatic electronic records initiatives. In 2010 the Center received SAA's Distinguished Service Award.

The Digital Programs Archivist will continue to evolve the AHC's electronic records program by developing and executing processes enabling effective and efficient acquisition, appraisal, ingest, preservation, and management of born-digital archival collections. This position works closely with a variety of stakeholders, including Libraries, IT, donors, and other AHC archivists. The Digital Programs Archivist will manage a very active mass digitization program, and provide leadership in the creation and delivery of digital content to meet the needs of the AHC's constituents. This includes digitization of text, image, audio, and video formats. The archivist may also assist with ongoing development and maintenance of various AHC websites. The archivist will be expected to remain current with emerging standards and professional best practices in digitization and electronic records administration and be able to manage complex projects, coordinate multiple activities and tasks, and supervise 2.5 FTE staff as well as various student employees.

Required: Master's degree in Library Science, Information Science, Computer Science/Systems Management, History, or other allied discipline. Understanding of modern archival principles and practices, through graduate education or equivalent experience. Strong knowledge of current electronic records theory and practice. Strong familiarity with metadata standards, such as MARC, EAD, Dublin Core, METS, MODS, and PREMIS. Strong familiarity with one or more markup languages (HTML, XHTML, etc.). Experience using Digital Asset Management software. Strong familiarity with digitization standards and workflows. Excellent organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to handle complex analytical and detailed work. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a complex and rapidly changing environment.

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