Digital Repository Content Analyst

at Duke Univeristy Libraries (view profile)
Location Durham, NC
Date Posted January 15, 2019
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time


The Digital Repository Content Analyst manages ingest, description, access, and maintenance of materials in Duke University Libraries’ digital repository platforms. Working closely with the Metadata Architect and Research Data Management Consultants s/he handles new collection ingest requests and responds to stakeholder requests for assistance with self-deposit.


  • Documents, guides, and manages the processes for ingest into Duke University Libraries’ digital preservation platforms, specifically the Duke Digital Repository (DDR), DukeSpace and the Research Data Repository.
  • Prepares digital objects for ingest into Duke University Libraries’ digital repository platforms.
  • Performs ingest, verifies results, and troubleshoots problems.
  • Working with the Metadata Architect, develops metadata profiles for new materials.
  • Following established guidelines, applies descriptive metadata to digital objects during the ingest process.
  • Analyzes collections of digital objects, detects irregularities, and employs or develops software tools and scripts to manage and migrate content sets, or to transform, tidy, and curate raw data, according to the needs of individual projects.
  • Provides instruction and consultation for library staff and campus partners on best practices for digital curation.
  • Participates in digital preservation planning and prioritization related activities, and serves on Digital Preservation Working Group.
  • Collaborates with colleagues in Software Services and Core Services to assist in the development of functional requirements related to ingest and object curation for DUL’s digital repository platforms. Performs acceptance testing and provides bug reports to the development team.
  • Actively participates in relevant conferences and meetings. Shares research, networks, and actively engages in national data management conversations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.


Required: BA/BS or higher (or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience).

Preferred: Master’s degree.



  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and package significant amounts of information, with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Experience with analytical tools such as MS Excel and OpenRefine.
  • Experience in requirements gathering in the early stages of technology projects.
  • Must be detail-oriented and skilled at organizing work.
  • Have strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, and an ability to work independently and effectively in a collaborative setting, responding to changes in project goals or requirements.
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer services.


  • At least two years working in a digital production environment.
  • Experience working in a technical environment and communicating with developers, formulating requirements, and performing acceptance testing.
  • Familiarity with the research lifecycle in an academic environment.
  • Experience with and/or interest in managing data from science disciplines, geospatial, or 3-D data.
  • Ability to execute command-line scripts.
  • Working knowledge of data management capabilities of a scripting language such as Python, R, or Ruby.
  • Experience in creating QA plans for data analysis and ensuring the accuracy of results of data studies.

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
  • Normal office environment
  • Occasional weekend shifts and travel required

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits

Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 15 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.


Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.


Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. We believe that when we understand, celebrate, and tap into our uniqueness to creatively solve problems and address shared goals, our possibilities are limitless. Duke University Libraries value diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and background and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect.


Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.


Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:


An electronic resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references should be submitted at - refer to Requisition # 401537489. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.


Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.

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