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Digital Preservation Librarian or Specialist, Assistant/Associate

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Digital Preservation Librarian or Specialist, Assistant/Associate
Department Libraries - Digital Innovation & Stewardship (1705)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University of Arizona Libraries’ Office of Digital Stewardship and Innovation (ODIS) seeks an enthusiastic, innovative, service-oriented professional as a Digital Preservation Specialist to develop the Libraries’ digital preservation strategy and program. The incumbent will collaborate with colleagues in ODIS, across the Libraries, and across campus to develop digital strategies, policies, processes, system requirements, and partnerships around the long-term preservation of digital assets under the libraries’ stewardship.

This position will collaborate closely with colleagues across various programs, including digital projects teams in Special Collections, technologists working on digital preservation repository administration, as well as institutional repository staff regarding preservation planning. The Digital Preservation Specialist will monitor trends and best practices in digital preservation and incorporate corresponding workflows across the libraries. This role will guide best practices and workflow integration between systems across the libraries to enable long-lived digital objects. The incumbent will report to the head of ODIS.

This is a continuing-eligible or continuing track, academic professional position. Incumbents are members of the general faculty and are entitled to all accompanying rights and privileges granted by the Arizona Board of Regents and the University of Arizona. Retention and promotion are earned through achievement of a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship, and service.

To learn more about ODIS, check out our website. You can also learn more about University Libraries.

Why UA? The University of Arizona has been recognized on Forbes 2015 list of America’s Best Employers and has been awarded the 2015 Work-Life Seal of Distinction by the Alliance for Work-Life Progress. Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Diversity Commitment:
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. Diversity in our environment embraces the acceptance of a multiplicity of diverse backgrounds and worldviews. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies, as we believe that such experiences are both institutional and service imperatives. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage applications from individuals with demonstrated knowledge of and relevant abilities working with culturally diverse communities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Develop digital preservation strategy for UA Libraries
  • Collaborate with Special Collections, Technology Strategy and Services (TeSS), and other library departments on digital preservation efforts such as digital preservation repository development and administration, digital forensics applications, born-digital special collections workflows, and audio-visual digitization best practices
  • Collaborate with TeSS to build out requirements for digital preservation repositories and storage infrastructure
  • Work with the data curation librarian to enhance data curation services within the research data services portfolio
  • Build out existing digital stewardship programs such as web archiving, preservation policy development, and implementation
  • Continue to grow strategic partnerships with campus such as with high performance computing, campus IT storage infrastructure projects, and campus museums digital stewardship efforts
  • Develop digital library and digital reformatting best practices as they relate to digital preservation
  • Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Knowledge of national and international efforts addressing digital preservation issues
  • Excellent analytical, time management, organizational, and creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to conceive of, plan, document, and complete projects or complex assignments
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced office environment, responding positively to unanticipated changes
  • Initiative, optimism, flexibility, time management, and follow-through
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to advocate, influence, and persuade others
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives
  • Ability to identify opportunities and capitalize upon them
  • Ability to embrace ambiguity in a changing environment and be committed to continual professional development, improvement, and learning
  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of our values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or advanced degree in a relevant field
  • Demonstrated experience with digital preservation systems, standards, workflows, and processes
  • Experience with preservation metadata standards and digital preservation tools
  • Evidence of the ability to achieve continuing status (equivalent to tenure) if hired into librarian track, including contributing to the information/library profession and to fulfilling the responsibilities of a library faculty member through service and scholarship
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with system architecture planning around digital preservation repositories and related systems
  • Experience with program development
  • Experience articulating system requirements for library services and workflows
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $55,000 - $75,000
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A21540
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Krissandra McNeill

Open Date 03/08/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 04/03/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

In your letter of interest, please describe how your qualifications and experience are fitting for this position.

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
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  3. * Do you have a Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution; or other relevant advanced degree; OR relevant combination of education and experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * What in your work brings you the most professional satisfaction and keeps you motivated?

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents