Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Senior Librarian – Digital Archivist

The Fort Worth Library is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Senior Librarian – Digital Archivist.  The qualified candidate will demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques and trends in archival theory and concepts; archives management; and knowledge of general print and electronic information resources.  Must be knowledgeable in the legal, fiscal, administrative and historical value of archive records including experience in evaluating, appraising, and accessioning archive collections. A minimum of two years  of  professional  experience  in  a  manuscript,  archival  or  special  collections  setting,  including development and digitization of archive collections; knowledge of metadata schemes used in the development of archival finding aids; collections processing; preservation techniques. Experience with a digital asset management system is required, preferably   CONTENTdm; the ability to oversee and administrate a digital archive including selection of digital collections; creation of metadata, collection and server rights selection; digital conversion; website customization; and publishing of digital content. The ability to learn new programming languages is required.  The successful candidate will advise the library on industry changes to file formats; prepare proposals for external funding for digital preservation projects; and prepare specifications for vended services. Excellent  organizational skills; an awareness  of  current  trends  in  collection  development;  strong  Internet  and computer   skills;   a  track  record   of  successful   adult   programming   for  diverse   communities;   well-developed communication and interpersonal skills; the ability to work independently, in a team setting, and to supervise archive projects; and the capacity to handle multiple tasks are also qualifications necessary for this position.  Must have a strong commitment to public service and enjoy working directly with the public.

This position is responsible for supporting the unit’s ongoing operations, including digitization and publication of archive collections to the Library’s Digital Archives; selection and collection development; organization and description of archival collections; reference/research services by telephone, e-mail, and in person; and developing innovative approaches to deliver superior customer service. 

Master’s Degree in library science from an ALA accredited school PLUS 2 years increasingly responsible professional library and digital archives experience.  Training and  supervisory experience  in archives  management  and support  of a  digital  file  management  system  is  preferred.     Working some evenings and weekends is required. Preference will be given to applicants who are Certified Archivists.


Library environment; exposure to computer screens.

Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for moderate or light lifting; sitting, walking or standing for prolonged periods of time.

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