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Digital Archivist, Tufts University, Somerville, MA


Location: Somerville, Massachusetts
Remote Eligibility: Hybrid
Req. Number: 16949
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Job Description

Digital Collections and Archives (DCA) is the archives and manuscript repository of Tufts
University and is open to the public. DCA’s team of professional archivists provides stewardship
for the Tufts University Archives, nearly three hundred manuscript collections, and other
permanently valuable physical and digital archival materials. DCA staff also assist Tufts
students, faculty, and staff with recordkeeping activities, through records management and
digital library services. DCA’s stewardship responsibilities are mandated by the Board of
Trustees, as outlined in the University Records Policy.

What You’ll Do

The Digital Archivist is focused on the preservation and access of digital and hybrid collections
held within Digital Collections and Archives at Tufts University. The Digital Archivist
processes, describes and ensures long-term access to archives and manuscript material under
DCA’s stewardship and participates in the continued evolution of a digital preservation program
within DCA and at Tufts. This work will include continuing the transition to a newly
implemented digital preservation system, and refining, implementing, and executing processes
enabling effective acquisition, appraisal, description, preservation, access to and security of
born-digital and hybrid archival collections acquired and stewarded by DCA. The Digital
Archivist will work towards new acquisitions and transfer models for managing born digital
content, including post-custodial approaches. The Digital Archivist will also develop strategies
and resources to preserve and provide access to new and/or complex data types.

The Digital Archivist is fully integrated into the functioning of the department and participates in
reference and research services and collection management activities involving both digital and
analog material.

Basic Requirements

  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice, including experience processing archival records
  • Knowledge of digital preservation theory and practice
  • Knowledge of strategies and technology developed or adopted by the archival community for managing born-digital archival and manuscript material
  • Knowledge of relevant standards for archival description including DACS, EAD, and EAC-CPF
  • Experience with Python, Ruby, or other scripting languages, and experience working with APIs, or aptitude and willingness to develop these skills
  • Excellent supervisory and organizational skills and ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a variety of staff

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1-2 years of relevant experience
  • Experience implementing policies, standards, and procedures for stewardship of digital material in an archival or special collections setting
  • Experience with tools and systems for digital preservation such Preservica and BitCurator
  • Experience with email processing tools such as ePADD
  • Experience with FTK, floppy drive controllers, writeblockers, or other tools related to the transfer of data from physical media
  • Experience working in an active university records program

Required Qualifications

  • Experience in an archives or special collections department in a research library or similar setting.
  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, with a concentration in Archives, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Salary: 70,000 minimum

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds. Please see the Tufts University non-discrimination statement.

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