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Digital Archivist at Yale University Libraries

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Aimee Babcock-Ellis <[log in to unmask]>

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Digital Archivist

Manuscripts & Archives

Sterling Memorial Library

Yale University

Rank:  Librarian II





The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research
libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and
services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity.
It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research
missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A
distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including
approximately thirteen million volumes and information in all media,
ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic
databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand
access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in twenty-two
buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare
Book and Manuscript Library, and the new Bass Library, it employs a
dynamic and diverse staff of nearly six hundred who offer innovative
and flexible services to library readers.  For additional information
on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's Web site
at: www.library.yale.edu.



General Purpose

Reporting to the Senior Archivist for Digital Information Systems/Head
of the University Archives, the Digital Archivist will join a dynamic
group of archivists and helps to ensure effective acquisition,
description, preservation, future migration, access to and security of
digital component of manuscripts collections acquired by the
department. Primary focus will be on the management, appraisal,
description, and preservation of born-digital components of
manuscripts collections.



Responsibilities

Drives management, appraisal, description, and preservation of
born-digital components of manuscripts collections.  Explores and
proposes new technologies, including Web 2.0, to meet research and
reference needs of patrons and staff. Serves as the systems team
liaison to the public services unit. Under the direction of the Senior
Archivist for Digital Information Services, the systems team employs
digital technologies to transform departmental processes and
operations and ensures the functioning of the departmentís technology
infrastructure.  Serves as the web manager for the Manuscripts &
Archives and Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonials (VAHT)
public web portals, utilizing Cascade Server content management
system, and is responsible for maintaining and updating the
departmentís internal policies and procedures web site, utilizing
SharePoint.  Assists in research services functions of the department
through weekly service on the reference desk, involvement in primary
source instruction, and assistance with the exhibit program.
Utilizing departmental and library digital infrastructure, manages
preservation and access copies resulting from digital duplication.
Assesses existing infrastructure and suggests changes as necessary.
Supports and manages technical aspects of the VAHT digitization
collections digitization project.  Actively participates in library-
and university-wide efforts to preserve and disseminate digital
collections, wherever that work might be undertaken. Serves on
requisite committees, as necessary. In particular, participates in the
development of digital repository functionality to support users in
determining the existence, description, location, and availability of
digital collections stored in the repository, as well as applying
restrictions and controls to limit access to specially protected
collections, generating responses, and delivering the responses to
users.  Addresses the integration of digital collections with EAD
finding aids. Provides technical skills (XML, XSL Ė stylesheet
transformation and XSL FO for PDF generation) to support EAD finding
aids maintenance and development throughout the Yale University
Library.  Engages actively with professional organizations and
literature; keeps abreast of archival trends and developments.
Participates in and contributes to library long-term planning and is
professionally active in library, scholarly and/or academic
organizations. Represents the library and the University in the
academic and professional community by serving on various committees
and task forces.  May be required to assist with disaster recovery
efforts.  May be assigned to work at West Campus location in West
Haven, CT.



Qualifications

Masterís degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and
information science and/or Master's degree in history or related
discipline; and a minimum of two years professional archival or
digital records management experience and demonstrated professional
accomplishments.  Demonstrated knowledge of digital archival and
records management principles and practices, as well as the systems
and automation techniques utilized.   Demonstrated ability to work
with databases, migrate data from one database system to another, and
develop functional requirements for programmers building new database
applications.  Familiarity with EAD, MODS, METS, XML/XSL and other
data structure standards relevant to the archival control of digital
collection materials.  Demonstrated ability to communicate
effectively, both orally and in writing.  Demonstrated skills in web
site creation and management.  Ability to work independently and
collaboratively in a team environment.  Preferred:  Experience
integrating digital and non-digital material into archival arrangement
and description.  Experience with web-based content management systems
and page authoring tools such as Cascade Server and SharePoint.
Experience providing reference service in an academic repository.
Ability to conduct training in technical areas.



Salary and Benefits

Rank and competitive salary will be based upon the successful
candidate's qualifications and experience.  Full benefits package
including pro-rated 22 vacation days;  18 holiday, recess and personal
days;  comprehensive health care;  TIAA/CREF or Yale retirement plan;
and relocation assistance.  Applications consisting of a cover letter,
resume, and the names, titles, and contact information for three
professional references should be sent by creating an account and
applying online at www.yale.edu/jobs for immediate consideration - the
STARS req ID for these position is 8022BR.  Please be sure to
reference #8022BR in your cover letter.



Background Check Requirements

All external candidates for employment will be subject to
pre-employment screening. All offers are contingent on successful
completion of a background check. Internal candidates are also subject
to pre-employment screening for this position (credit).



Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly
encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented
minority groups.



-- 
Aimee Babcock-Ellis

Graduate Assistant
Nonprint Media Services Library
301-405-9236  fax 301-314-9419
http://lib.umd.edu/nonprint/
(cell) 518-225-7127
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