Houston, TX
30+ days ago


Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications must be received by September 1, 2021, in order to be considered. Please apply with a cover letter and a resume. Inquiries: Lisa Spiro at (713) 348-2480 or .

Position Summary

As a campus crossroads, Fondren Library brings together faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, staff, alumni and the general public, offering welcoming spaces, excellent collections, and strong services in support of teaching, research and creative expression. The Woodson Research Center based at the Fondren Library supports the institutional, research and public service programs of the University with special collections including rare books, university archives, and manuscripts. The Woodson Research Center includes five full-time archivists working on a variety of collaborative projects. The digital archivist will lead efforts to preserve, describe, and provide access to digital materials (e.g., legacy digital content, digitized content from analog sources, social media content, and born digital materials). S/he will contribute to ongoing development and implementation of policies and assessment of collections to manage stewardship and access. The digital archivist will serve as a liaison to departments of Digital Scholarship Services and OIT. This position will report to the head of special collections and collaborate closely with professional archivist staff.

Fondren Library seeks a service-oriented, well-organized, technically savvy, and self-motivated digital archivist.

Salary: $62,000 to 69,350 Annually

Essential Functions

  • Identifies manuscript and archival material appropriate for digitization and uploads to the web using nationally accepted archival formats
  • Provides specialized reference service and search guidance in all special collections to on/off-site researchers
  • Identifies materials appropriate for digitization and presentation on the web following established archival procedures
  • Processes archival and manuscript materials and prepares finding aids, electronic and paper, for those collections following established archival procedures
  • Leads departmental in use of and/or training on the most technologically advanced scanning equipment
  • Participates in user education, lectures and tours for university users and outside groups
  • Supervises and trains processing assistants
  • Takes lead on electronic archiving
  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Additional Functions / Information
  • Processes digital collection material for long term storage
  • Updates policies and procedures for managing born-digital materials for organization and description, ingest, storage, preservation and access
  • Monitors both long-term storage environments and digital processing environments for integrity and space planning
  • Conducts appraisals of existing digital archives in all formats
  • Determines priorities for digitization to establish digitization projects, in collaboration with archives staff
  • Works closely with the metadata team on local policies, best practices, and common standards
  • Maintains close working relationships with Digital Scholarship Services related to the development of Woodson Research Center's materials in the Rice University Institutional Repository, and to the nearline/dark storage environment
  • Finds opportunities to collaborate through campus initiatives and projects dealing with born-digital materials

  • Master's Degree in MLS/MLIS or Master of Science in Information with a specialization in Archives & Records Management, from an ALA-accredited graduate school or equivalent degree
  • Five years of related experience with digital archival collections or other digital library-related work and/or experience in processing digital archival collections; including developing descriptive, technical and administrative metadata
    • May substitute additional related education, above and beyond what is required, or an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the experience requirement
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven customer service skills
  • Ability to remain calm and flexible in stressful situations
  • Demonstrated ability to perform precise, detailed work quickly and accurately

Experience Preferred
  • Two years or more professional experience in developing policies and procedures for long term digital stewardship in an academic library, special collection, cultural heritage repository, or library
  • Experience with collection management and/or institutional repository applications such as ArchivesSpace, DSpace, Archive-It, Archivematica
  • Experience with content on a variety of storage media (floppy disks, zip disks, optical disks, hard drives, tapes, etc.) and relative interfaces (PATA, SCSI, SATA, etc.) and File Systems (FAT, NTFS, HFS, etc.) - Experience managing students and coordinating staff on digital projects - Experience with digital forensics workflows
  • Experience providing instruction on digital topics
  • Experience with diverse constituents, donors, and partners

License / Certification Preferred

Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certification

Skills Preferred

  • Script writing in Python, Perl, or other languages
  • Reading from and writing to API systems
  • Familiarity with processing email collections using applications such as ePADD
  • Familiarity with library platform Alma/Primo
  • Knowledge of legacy media and reformatting practices
  • Flexibility to be organized, productive, and effective in a dynamic environment, involved with a variety of simultaneous projects
  • Knowledge of digital preservation theory and best practices, current technologies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of metadata content, structure, and preservation standards including MARC, EAD, DACS, MODS and other relevant metadata standards
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
  • Demonstrated ability for detail oriented work, as well as the ability to meet deadlines
  • Experience with or demonstrated ability to learn disk imaging, digital forensics tools, digital preservation management software