Digital Preservation Technical Specialist

at Brigham Young University (view profile)
Published August 1, 2022
Location Provo, Utah
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Education Requirements BA
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $64,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $83,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Pay Grade 53


Job Title:  Digital Preservation Specialist           

Job ID    112746

Employee Class: Full Time, Administrative
Desired Start Date: As soon as possible
Job Close Date: 08/08/2022
Pay Level: 53
Approximate Starting Salary: $64,000 - $83,000

Reports to: Digital Preservation Manager, Digital Initiatives Department
Work Location: BYU Provo Campus


Job Summary

The Digital Preservation Specialist has the responsibility of ingesting digital content from across campus and the library into the library’s digital preservation repository. This position prepares materials for inclusion and verifies, audits, and monitors preserved content. The incumbent will also participate in tool and system development for the digital preservation program.


Essential Functions

Ensures the effective, secure, and efficient preservation of new digital content

Prepares and submits digital materials that meet the criteria for long-term digital preservation into the repository, including the review and verification of preservation ingest metadata.

Audits harvest reports and submissions to verify proper transfer.

Verifies and audits preserved digital content

Creates routine tracking reports on preserved digital content (fixity checking, copy synchronizing, authentication, etc.).

Monitors and migrates formats as needed.

Resolves issues related to problematic or corrupted content.

Coordinate with LIT personnel regarding shared digital preservation technologies and workflows

Provide feedback and testing in the development of harvest tools for various media sources.

Coordinates with LIT in the development and monitoring of storage arrangements on cloud, server, and tape storage media.

Support greater library expertise regarding digital preservation processes and tools

Responds to stakeholders’ requests for format migration, metadata creation, and file restorations.

As requested, provide expertise for library colleagues on digital preservation processes, standards, tools, and workflows.

Conduct research on digital preservation practices and systems and provide updates to Digital Preservation Manager.

Participate in Professional Development and University Citizenship Activities

Serve on library and University committees as requested.

With supervisor, determine other position-related professional development activities and the scope of involvement. (Examples are included in the “Guiding Principles and Procedures Related to Staff/Administrative Professional Development” document.)

Promote the positive image of the department and University.

Adhere to University standards and policies.


              Minimum education/experience required:   Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field (computer science, information technology, media arts, digital humanities) or 4 years’ experience in digital preservation, audiovisual digitization, records management, computer science, software development, or information technology.

              Preferred: Master’s in Library Information Systems or Digital Archival Specialist certification and 2 years’ experience in digital preservation.


Skills, abilities, knowledge, licenses, certifications:


    • Aptitude for technical topics and the ability and vision to recognize and creatively take advantage of advances in technology related to digital preservation.
    • Experience in workflow management, planning and analytical skills
    • Excellent problem-solving skills and a willingness to research possible solutions in the face of unclear practices.
    • Good communication skills and the ability to work with colleagues from all disciplines.
    • Knowledge of current library, archival, and records management principles and best practices.


    • Knowledge of current trends and technological developments in the preservation field, including digitization, digital forensics, databases, HTML, XML, the PREMIS metadata standard, the METS metadata schema, and various digital formats.
    • Knowledge of basic scripting methods.
    • Familiarity with the Rosetta digital preservation system.
    • Familiarity with Java and Python programming languages.
    • Familiarity with the Linux computing environment.

Environment: General office or other equivalently good environment
Physical Exam Required: N

Documents Required at time of Application:
Required: Cover Letter, Resume
Optional: Letter of Recommendation 1


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Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints must hold and be worthy to hold a current temple recommend.

Brigham Young University is an equal opportunity employer, including disability and protected veteran status.

Brigham Young University recognizes the benefits of attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. We strive to create a welcoming workplace that promotes a sense of inclusivity and belonging.