Thursday, March 14, 2013

Digital Archivist

The Special Collections of Washington University Libraries in St. Louis is seeking a collaborative, flexible, and detail and service-oriented individual to serve as Digital Archivist in University Archives. University Archives is comprised of more than 300 unique collections. Chronicling the history of Washington University from 1853 to today, and containing numerous collections related to St. Louis history, University Archives is a wealth of primary sources and other historical materials that include manuscripts, photographic prints and negatives, books, film, sound recordings, microfilm, architectural plans, and artifacts.  The Special Collections Department is made up of five units (Film and Media Archive, Manuscripts, Modern Graphic History Library, Rare Books, and University Archives). The URL for the department web site is:

Responsibilities: The Digital Archivist will assume management responsibilities in the area of archival processing of material regardless of format, including oversight and participation in the arrangement, description, and preparation of finding aids. The Archivist will lead the archives’ digital initiatives and develop strategies for the management of digital assets; responsibilities include digitization, creation of metadata, and providing access as well as working with other library and university staff on long-term preservation and maintenance of digital materials. This position will provide some references services and assistance with archive outreach activities.

Education qualifications: Master’s degree, preferably in history or social sciences, or MLS required. Academy of Certified Archivist certification preferred.

Experience: Previous archival education/experience required. Knowledge of archival standards, theory, and practice required. Experience with archival processing required. Knowledge of creation and preservation of digital assets required. Familiarity with XML and current and emerging cataloging and metadata standards is preferred (EAD, MODS). Evidence of written and oral communication skills required.

Washington University Libraries includes the John M. Olin Library and twelve school and departmental libraries and holds over four million volumes.  For information about the University and the Libraries please visit:;

Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience.  Comprehensive benefits package including several retirement plan options.

Applications must be submitted online at Reference job #25460. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Employment eligibility verification required upon hire. Washington University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from, and nominations of, women and minority candidates.

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