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Digital Archivist

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Position Information

Position Information

Job Title Digital Archivist
Department Library
Department Web Address
Full Time Equivalent


Position Type Administrative Faculty
Comp Grade C
Tenure Track Non Tenure Track
Job Description

The Digital Archivist is a newly created position that preserves and makes accessible a wide-range of historically significant digital materials found in the many small and large manuscript collections and University records. Preeminent among the collections and an early priority for this position is the sizeable digital component of the Senator Harry Reid Papers. The incumbent will work closely with the Harry Reid Archivist in processing this collection.

The Digital Archivist provides leadership and strategic planning for the development and evaluation of infrastructure for digital archives, access systems and tools, digitization, and relating technical issues. They also provide hands-on management of digital content among our archival holdings and oversees the long-term preservation, organization, and distribution of the Libraries’ digitized and born-digital archival content. The position provides expertise and leadership and manages physical intake, stabilization, processing, and handling of unique digital research collections. The position reports to the Assistant Dean for Collections and Knowledge Access Services.

The preferred candidate will be an experienced archivist, with strong technical skills and understanding of current standards and best practices including descriptive, structural and preservation metadata standards (such as EAD, DACS, METS and PREMIS), collection management systems (such as ArchivesSpace or Archivist Toolkit), digital preservation systems (such as Archivematica or Preservica), and digital curation tools (such as Bit Curator.) Candidates should have a demonstrated knowledge of concepts for digital preservation including digital forensics, digital preservation lifecycles, and providing access to born digital collections (including methods for mitigating risks from protected classes of information in born digital collections). Progress towards Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Certificate from the Society of American Archivists is preferred.

Salary: Up to $80,000 DOE. This is a full-time administrative faculty position, with continuing appointment. Competitive benefits package including 24 vacation days per year and tuition benefits for self and dependents. No state income tax.

About us: The University of Nevada, Reno is the land-grant university and major research institution in the state with a student body of 22,000. The University Libraries include the main library in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center and the DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library. The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center is a campus showpiece, providing high-tech research, presentation and computing spaces, and inviting study areas. The DeLaMare Library is housed in one of the oldest buildings on campus, on the National Register of Historic Places. Together, the Libraries combine traditional library services and unique primary research materials with dynamic collaboration and active learning spaces to meet the needs of university faculty and students. Instructional design, media production, and maker spaces are part of the library organization and we are proud to offer opportunities to collaborate with professionals and technologies in these specialties.

Reno is a metropolitan area of over 400,000 situated on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Reno offers a favorable quality of life recognized by numerous national sources. Residents and visitors enjoy an array of cultural activities and major festivals and events. It is an outdoor mecca, located 38 miles from Lake Tahoe and offering abundant summer and winter recreational opportunities. Sacramento and San Francisco are, respectively, two and four hour drives away.

The application deadline is October 2, 2017.

Required Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and four years of related work experience, including at least one year working with large-scale digital archiving and materials preservation; or a Master’s degree and two years of related work experience, including at least one year working with large-scale digital archiving and materials preservation.

Preferred Qualifications

Progress towards Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Certificate from the Society of American Archivists.

Contact Information for this Position

Maggie Ressel,

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references.

Job Open Date 08/29/2017
Job Close Date 10/02/2017
Open Until Filled No
Search Number 72797
Note to All Applicants

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation, or genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression. The University of Nevada, Reno employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Reference Contact Information
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