Digital Preservation Coordinator

at University of Texas Libraries (view profile)
Published August 25, 2022
Location Austin, Texas
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 55,000
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General Notes

The University of Texas Libraries welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our collections and services, as well as in our recruiting, hiring, and retention practices.


The UT Libraries seek a collaborative, detail-oriented, highly motivated individual to manage our LTO archive, which contains over a decade’s worth of valuable digital collections material and is always growing. The ideal candidate will bring strong technical skills to operate independently in Linux command line environments; an understanding of data integrity, its importance, and the skills and practices that maintain it; and a desire to lead improvements to our digital preservation infrastructure and workflows.

This position provides technical expertise and performs operations supporting digital preservation workflows, including LTO (Linear Tape-Open) tape archive administration and distributed storage management; disk/server space administration; digital forensics software/hardware configuration and management; and support for processing of born-digital archival collections.


  • Perform LTO tape archive operations, including: write preservation data to tape; manifest searching and data restoration; migrate older generations of tape; and manage off-site tape storage vendor relationship

  • Advance and support digital preservation practices at UT Libraries, including: provide technical expertise and training to UT Libraries staff to improve digital preservation workflows; develop and implement scripts/commands (Linux, Python, bash, Perl, etc.) to improve processes; investigate new storage technologies; and implement redundant/distributed digital preservation storage.

  • Advance and support processing and long-term stewardship of born-digital archival collections, including: collaborate with various stakeholders to develop guidelines and training resources for management of born-digital archival collections; provide support processing born-digital archival collections; and provide technical support for digital forensics equipment and software used in digital archives workflows.

  • Manage and contribute to documentation within the unit; including: maintaining records of LTO tape archive operations and documenting preservation processes.

  • Liaise with UT Libraries DevOps to manage unit’s working disk space.