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University Libraries, Virginia Tech - Digital Preservation Coordinator

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Digital Preservation Coordinator

The Digital Preservation Coordinator manages digital preservation efforts for the Virginia Tech University Libraries by accomplishing the following:
  • Work with technologies such as Archivematica, BagIt, Archive-It to preserve unique scholarly digital content of enduring value to Virginia Tech and the Commonwealth
  • Process web-based content, digitized, and born-digital materials for preservation, including ingest, stabilization, and storage.
  • Create and manage procedures and workflows for digital preservation projects and practices to bring content into collaborative digital preservation storage systems such as Academic Preservation Trust, and MetaArchive.
  • Consult with individuals and departments on digital projects in support of faculty research.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to help expand a digital preservation program at a Carnegie R1: Research University and ARL member library. The successful applicant will work with diverse collections of 3D images, digitized archival materials, cultural heritage artifacts, audio-visual formats, and biodiversity specimens. The Digital Preservation Coordinator will report to the Assistant Director for Digital Imaging and Preservation Services.

  • Coordinate digital preservation operations at Virginia Tech University Libraries in partnership with the Assistant Director, the Libraries’ digital repository teams, and collection management and metadata specialists.
  • Contribute to Virginia Tech’s participation in MetaArchive, and Academic Preservation Trust.
  • Manage digital preservation workflows and microservices through Archivematica’s GUI.
  • Manage Virginia Tech web archiving workflows and procedures and perform bi-annual crawls of the university’ web presence.
  • Evaluates and tests new digital preservation technologies, tools, and protocols.
  • Consults and guides faculty, staff, and students on digital preservation standards, practices, and operations.
Required Qualifications:
  • Master’s or other advanced degree in a field related to the position OR Bachelor’s degree in a related field and significant experience with digital preservation
  • Demonstrated experience with a variety of digital preservation technologies
  • Knowledge of digital preservation issues, strategies, standards, practices, including various assessment tools such as iso16363/TDR, and NDSA Levels of Preservation
  • Understanding of the application of the OAIS reference model for digital preservation
  • Knowledge of metadata standards such as Dublin Core, METS, PREMIS
  • Knowledge of digital formats (image, audio, video, object, text) and their associated best practices for preservation
  • Project management skills, including planning, organization, and time management.
  • Ability to establish positive and productive collaborations with diverse teams across departments and disciplines
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust priorities, manage time wisely, and make quick, effective decisions in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, organizational, oral, and written communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree or other advanced degree with an emphasis in library and information science, or other relevant field
  • Experience with batch processing related to digital curation is a high priority
  • Experience with web-archiving tools such as Archive-It
  • Experience with repository software such as D-Space and Fedora
  • Professional experience working in an academic library
  • Knowledge of current issues in digital libraries.
  • Experience executing command-line scripts.
  • Experience training and instructing in digital preservation techniques and processes
The application package needs to include a resume, cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience with the responsibilities associated with the position, and the required and preferred qualifications, and names of three (3) references and their contact information.

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