Digital Preservation Librarian

at Yale University Library (view profile)
Published January 19, 2023
Location New Haven, United States of America
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $60,500
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $123,500
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Digital Preservation Librarian


Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.


The Yale University Library is deeply committed to supporting and enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) across all of its units.  To learn more about the work we’ve accomplished and our goals for the future, please visit


General Purpose:  Reporting to the digital preservation manager, the Digital Preservation Librarian will work within the digital preservation team to preserve digital content for stakeholders at Yale University. They will act as an expert user of our digital preservation system, providing support for our digital preservation services as needed.


  • Consults with prospective content depositors and stewards of preserved content to ensure depositors can ingest content into the digital preservation systems, to ensure their content is appropriately preserved, and to ensure their content is appropriately accessible when requested.
  • Packages and ingests content on behalf of depositors. Automates the packing and ingest process wherever possible using scripts/programs and other automation tools.
  • Troubleshoots workflow issues and works closely with the content stewards to ensure they have the resources and training necessary to ingest, manage and access their content.
  • Uses system reporting functionality in both our preservation and EaaSI systems to provide insights into digital preservation processes and outcomes.
  • Works with the digital preservation team and other stakeholders to document policies and procedures related to the digital preservation services we offer. Works to ensure the system and services can pass regular audits.


This position participates in Yale’s “FlexPlace Work Arrangements” ( in a “Largely remote” capacity. No on-campus office will be assigned and working remotely will be expected.


This position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 1 to Librarian 3. Librarian ranking information can be found at


Required Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA‐accredited library school. In selected instances, a post‐graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for a master’s degree in library science.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.
  • Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.
  • Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
  • Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.



  • Demonstrable analytical skills and aptitude for desk-based research including the ability to reason insightfully when presented with a technical problem and present coherent argument for chosen way forward.
  • Demonstrable experience with digital preservation systems and repositories.
  • Ability to write simple programs/scripts and XML stylesheets and understand basic program code and XML.
  • Demonstrated technical understanding of digital preservation challenges and solutions.
  • Strong team working and communications skills.
  • Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Experience working with the Preservica digital preservation system software. Experience working with preservation tools such as DROID, JHOVE, Siegfried. Ability to write complex computer programs. Experience of working on digital preservation research projects. Experience of working in a research library, archive or research data center. Experience in software testing.


Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at  Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.


We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.


Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.