Job Title: Digital Preservation Archivist
Description: Digital Preservation Archivist
MIT Lincoln Laboratory has pioneered in advanced electronics since its
origin in 1951 as a Federally Funded Research and Development Center of
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Knowledge Services team
is currently developing infrastructure for a digital preservation
repository system. As such, we seek a Digital Preservation Archivist to
join our team and direct strategic and project planning for our digital
Under the direction of the Archivist and the Knowledge Service Sector
Manager, the Digital Preservation Archivist will define and apply the
methodology and standards of archival best practices to born-digital and
digitized archival collections; determine specifications for a digital
repository and associated tools that meet the management, access, and
preservation needs of Laboratory Archives collections; and enhance
processes for acquisition, description, access, preservation, and future
migration of assets. This individual will develop plans,
specifications, procedures, and manuals to support the collection and
management of digital archival content. Will serve as the primary
adviser to the Knowledge Services and Archives teams on digital
preservation issues, including maintaining current awareness of new
technologies and initiatives in the field.
The Digital Preservation Archivist will:
* Work closely with the Archivist and Knowledge Services staff to
research, define, and maintain an ongoing preservation program, based on
best practices and established standards, for Laboratory collections of
value in digital formats.
* Work with Knowledge Services and ISD staff to research, test, and
implement technology for a sustainable open source digital preservation
repository system which will meet the ongoing future needs of the
* Enhance project plans, workflows, and policies for archiving of, and
long-term access to, the Laboratory Archives digital collections.
* Serve as a knowledge resource for Knowledge Services and the
Information Services Department and its constituents on standards and
best practices for digital content creation and management.
* Appraise, arrange, describe, and basic preserve Laboratory historical records.
* Recommend, implement, and lead (cross-functional) teams for proposed projects
* Provide training, support, and documentation for projects.
* Promote the Archives through digital and social media including online exhibits, galleries, and blogs.
* Support and participate in other related work as assigned.
# ALA-MLS/MLIS Degree or equivalent required.
# A minimum of three years' progressive experience working on digital
resources projects in a leadership role at an archival repository or
# Demonstrated knowledge and experience with specifying requirements for
open source digital repository systems and related technology including
auditing/checksum software, write blockers, file recognition, and media
# Experience creating, reviewing and editing metadata for digital objects, especially Dublin Core, METS and PREMIS.
# Demonstrated capabilities in presenting ideas written and orally required.
# Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment, build
consensus, and promote the exchange of information among project team
members, project management staff and elsewhere.
# ability to work in a busy and ever changing environment required.
# Knowledge of common development tools & languages, e.g. Java, SQL, XML/XSLT, PHP preferred.
# Experience with open source archives management software desired.
# Experience handling classified documentation preferred.
# Experience using a content management system a plus.
# Experience with Unix or Linux server platforms preferred.
# Must be able to obtain and maintain a government DoD Security Clearance required.
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