Born-Digital Archivist

at University of Pennsylvania (view profile)
Published May 12, 2022
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
Apply Here https://apptrkr.com/3066626
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $43,919.00
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $66,183.00
Hourly or Salary? Salary

Description

Born-Digital Archivist

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the https://coronavirus.upenn.edu/ for the latest information.

Posted Job Title

Born-Digital Archivist

Job Profile Title

Archivist B

Job Description Summary

Reporting to the Head of Manuscripts and Archives Processing in the Special Collections Processing Center at the Kislak Center, the Born-Digital Archivist will develop the born-digital archives program by creating workflows, policies, and training modules for the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts and the University Archives , with the goal of efficiently and responsibly stewarding all born-digital archival content. The born-digital archivist will process born-digital, analog, and hybrid collections held by the Kislak Center, the University Archives and the Katz Center. The born-digital archivist will work closely with colleagues in the Preservation Department and the Technology and Digital Initiatives, as well as fellow archivists, curators, donors, and record managers.

Job Description

The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts seeks an enthusiastic digital archivist to build a program to acquire, accession, preserve, process, and make accessible born-digital archival material. The Born-Digital Archivist will develop the born-digital archives program by creating workflows, policies, and training modules for the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts and the University Archives , with the goal of efficiently and responsibly stewarding all born-digital archival content. The born-digital archivist will process born-digital, analog, and hybrid collections held by the Kislak Center, the University Archives and the Katz Center. The born-digital archivist will work closely with colleagues in the Preservation Department and the Technology and Digital Initiatives, as well as fellow archivists, curators, donors, and records managers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Develop born-digital processing program, from acquisition to access, establishing policies, workflows, and manuals to process specific media types, and for hardware (Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device) and software (Archivematica, ArchivesSpace, Archive-It, BitCurator, and others).

• Develop training modules and train all processing archivists (within the Penn Libraries) to process born-digital materials within their collections and make them accessible to researchers.

• Organize and attend training sessions for Archivematica, ArchivesSpace, Archive-It, BitCurator, and others in order to stay up-to-date on continually evolving media, preservation methodologies, and processing methodologies.

• Process archival collections (analog, hybrid, and born-digital).

• Work with curators (including the curator of civic engagement) and donors to ethically and responsibly acquire collections containing born-digital material and make recommendations for processing material.

• Work within the wider Penn Libraries, archivists across the entire University system, and the archival community in order to educate and provide guidance for developing and enhancing a wider digital archives program, serve on library, university and/or professional committees, and serve as the special collections liaison to the web archiving program.

• Write blog posts & participate in activities or events for the Kislak Center in order to promote collections and raise awareness to Penn faculty and students and the wider research community on Penn's efforts in the area of digital archives.

• Integrate the Record Center's e-records workflow into Penn Libraries born-digital program so that records of enduring historical value are preserved and accessible to researchers

• Perform duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Required

• An accredited master's degree in library and information science, with a concentration in archives

• Experience using or administrating Archivematica, ArchivesSpace, and BitCurator

• Experience using the Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device (FRED)

• Demonstrated experience working with diverse groups within an organization and the ability to communicate needs, goals, and vision

• Knowledge of relevant standards for archival description and preservation, including Dublin Core, DACS, EAD, LCSH, and familiarity with other metadata standards

• Knowledge of copyright, donor restrictions, and permissions related to processing digitized and born-digital material

• Knowledge of techniques and technologies for recovering data from a wide variety of physical media, including floppy disks, hard drives, and other media of various ages and conditions

• A minimum of 3-5 years' experience processing analog archival collections and a strong command of archival theory and best practices, especially as they relate to the issues posed by born-digital content

• Fluency with Microsoft Office software, in particular Excel

• The ability to work both independently and with others in a collaborative work environment

• Willingness to promote collection material through social media and events

• A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Desired

• Knowledge of MARC and Alma (Penn's integrated library system)

• Demonstrated problem-solving

• Evidence of high level of initiative and self-motivation

When submitting your application, please include cover letter along with resume. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

University Library

Pay Range

$43,919.00 - $66,183.00

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.

Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.

Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.

Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.

Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.

Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.

University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.

Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.

Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.

Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.

Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

To learn more, please visit: https://www.hr.upenn.edu/PennHR/benefits-pay

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