Digital Preservation Specialist

at James Madison University (view profile)
Published August 22, 2022
Location Harrisonburg, Virginia
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 50,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency 60,000
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Digital Preservation Specialist


About this role

The Digital Preservation Specialist is a fixed four-year, grant-funded, full-time Professional Faculty position, with a generous benefits package and possibility of extension or conversion to a permanent role, pending continued funding.

Funded as part of a 4.5-year, Mellon Foundation-supported effort to ensure preservation, enhanced discoverability, global access, and ongoing stewardship of the Furious Flower Poetry Center’s audiovisual materials, the Digital Preservation Specialist will support JMU Libraries

efforts to steward Furious Flower Poetry Center’s extensive and unique collection of Black poetry and spoken word audio and video.

JMU Libraries seeks a creative, experienced, and enthusiastic individual to grow our engagement with digital collections-related infrastructure and practices. The Digital Preservation Specialist will contribute to efforts to preserve and provide access to Libraries curated digital content, including Special Collections materials (legacy digital content, digitized content from analog materials, and born-digital items) using the Preservica digital preservation system. The successful candidate will contribute to the development and implementation of policies and practices related to the stewardship of and access to digital materials. The Digital Preservation Specialist will partner with Special Collections, working closely with archivists and curators to assess needs and prioritize collections. The successful candidate will report to the Head of Digital Assets within the Scholarly Communications Strategies department and will collaborate closely with colleagues across JMU Libraries and the Furious Flower Poetry Center. This position is remote-optional, with support for periodic travel to JMU for onsite training and collaboration.

About the JMU Libraries

JMU Libraries is an essential and deeply valued part of our university, reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President of JMU and undergoing transformation and renewal under the

leadership of Dean Bethany Nowviskie, who also serves as JMU’s Chief Academic Technology Officer. At Madison, the Libraries includes campus educational technology, digital scholarship, and online learning services alongside foundational library collections, resources and spaces, scholarly communications and data/information literacy services, and collaborative teaching and research support. Collegial relationships with faculty and administrators across the institution run deep. Our team comprises approximately 150 staff and faculty, including tenured/tenure-track librarians and instructional designers, classified and wage staff, and administrative and professional faculty from a number of fields. Approximately 100 undergraduate and graduate student workers join the Libraries in a variety of roles.

The Libraries particularly welcomes applicants who can enhance the diversity and excellence of our campus community, and who can demonstrate their leadership in building equitable and inclusive environments for teaching, research, and service. We are committed to cultivating a welcoming place for everyone, encouraging dialogue and celebrating diverse life experiences and perspectives. As an organization, We encourage experimentation and creativity in pursuit of meaningful solutions that build on our position as core academic infrastructure for our campus community.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage the ingest of digital materials into the Libraries’ digital preservation system (Preservica). Develop and maintain expertise in Preservica. Recommend and implement changes to digital preservation workflows.
  • Together with colleagues establish digital preservation priorities and develop and execute digital preservation workflows. Ensure digital preservation workflows meet organizational needs and community standards.
  • Contribute to maintaining and improving integrations of Preservica with other Libraries digital asset management platforms.
  • Provide guidance to colleagues on digital preservation formats, metadata, transfer, and imaging best practices for a variety of file format and carrier types.
  • Engage in relevant service and professional development activities.
  • Supervise student employees as needed.


Required Qualifications

  • Experience with digital preservation systems.
  • Related technical experience with digital collections, including developing descriptive, technical, and administrative metadata.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and/or enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in an organizational context.
  • Strong ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with team members and across diverse audiences, including hybrid and virtual environments.
  • Undergraduate Degree.


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Systems administrator experience, especially with library systems related to digital preservation, discovery, and access.
  • Familiarity with arrangement and description of archival collections.
  • Knowledge of best practices related to preservation of digital audiovisual materials.
  • A graduate degree in library science from an ALA accredited institution, or a graduate degree in a related field, or significant experience in the field.
  • Knowledge of best practices in community archives, especially related to Black arts, history, and culture.



To learn more and apply, go to and reference posting F1955 or go directly to Review of applications will begin 9/19/2022. Maximum starting pay: $60,000.


James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.