Apologies for cross-posting.  This is a new position at Columbia
University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

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The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) seeks a
skilled and accomplished electronic records archivist to help design
and implement a curatorial and archival program for born-digital
materials. While this position is in the RBML, it will work with all
of Columbia’s special collections units in developing and coordinating
a robust and consistent archival program for born digital materials.

Reporting to the Curator of Manuscripts and University Archivist, the
Digital Archivist is responsible for identifying and managing born
digital content in RBML collections.

Characteristic duties and responsibilities include:

•	Develops and maintains file plans, retention schedules, procedure
manuals and guides to support the effective collection and management
of born digital content;

•	Takes the lead in helping develop policies and technical standards
for digital content creators, both within Columbia and within the
professional archival community;

•	Works with the University Archivist to survey campus departments,
offices, and website for University digital assets of enduring legal,
administrative, and historical value;

•	Collaborates with the staff of the Libraries Digital Programs
Division on the design and functional requirements for an electronic
archives management and preservation system;

•	Serves as the resource person for Columbia’s special collections on
evolving standards and best practices for born digital content
management and administration;

•	Keeps statistics and prepares regular reports on manuscript and
archival processing; supports and participates in RBML reference and
public service.  Participates in unit-wide planning and committee

•	MLS from ALA-accredited library school or the equivalent in theory
and practice. Graduate work in the humanities or social sciences;

•	Demonstrated knowledge of digital archival and record management
theory and practice. Minimum 2 years experience in the acquisition,
management, and curation of born digital assets (or equivalent
combination of education and experience);

•	Demonstrated familiarity with data structure standards relevant to
the archival control of digital collection materials (EAD, Dublin
Core, MODS);

•	Working knowledge of XML and digital content creation/transformation tools;

•	Knowledge of DACS archival descriptive standard;

•	Basic familiarity with automated library information management
systems, such as Voyager, and other online union catalogs such as

•	Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;

•	Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as
collaboratively in a production-oriented, rapidly changing
environment; and ability to meet project goals and deadlines.


One of the world's leading research universities, Columbia provides
outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual
community. Set in the Morningside Heights academic village, Columbia
also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity and cultural richness
of New York City. The University Libraries, grounded in collections of
remarkable depth and breadth, are also building extensive electronic
resources and services. The Libraries at Columbia are committed to
collegiality, professionalism, innovation and leadership.

The salary for this PCI position is dependent on experience. We offer
excellent benefits including tuition exemption for self and family and
assistance with University housing.  We offer excellent benefits
including 100% Columbia tuition exemption for self and family and
assistance with University housing. Columbia will also pay 50% tuition
for your dependent child who is a candidate for an undergraduate
degree at another accredited college or university.

To submit an application, please visit

Joanna DiPasquale
Digital Technologies Development Librarian
Columbia University Libraries
Digital Program Division
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Aimee Babcock-Ellis, MLS

Reference Assistant
Nonprint Media Services Library
University of Maryland
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