Position Information

Posting Details

Working Title: Digital Archivist
Position Number 01212926
Division B50 UWM Libraries
Position Type Non-Teaching Academic Staff
Appointment Type Ongoing/Probationary
FLSA Status Exempt
Percent 100
Posting Type Academic Staff
Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)

The Archives Department in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries has the two-fold mission of documenting the history of UWM and providing access to primary sources, largely from the metropolitan Milwaukee area, that have long-term research and instructional value for UWM academic programs. We serve as an Area Research Center for the Wisconsin Historical Society, providing access to primary sources from all around the state.

Job Summary

The Digital Archivist is primarily responsible for coordinating the retention, preservation, and long-term accessibility of born-digital records. This position provides support for records creators and users at strategic points in the records life cycle by managing the University Records Management Program, working with manuscript collection donors on their born-digital records, and implementing workflows to preserve and provide access to born-digital records for the future. This position reports to the Head of the Archives Department.

Minimum Qualifications

MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent

• Minimum 2 years of professional experience in archives or a related field

• Evidence of competence in records management standards, records retention and disposition schedules, and technical issues related to digital records

• Evidence of experience with tools, processing techniques, workflow implementation, and preservation systems for born-digital records and archives

Preferred Qualifications

• Records management and/or digital archives certification

• Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of a wide range of computer storage media, file systems, software, and file formats

• Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively within and across organizational boundaries in a diverse organization and with a wide variety of users

• Strong oral and written communication skills to deliver effective training on records management and electronic records

• Strong organizational and analytical skills with proven success in independently prioritizing work.

• Experience working in an academic library environment

• Experience with applying metadata standards and schema for descriptive, structural, and preservation metadata such as DACS, EAD, PREMIS, METS, and MODS

• Experience working in open source software environments

• Experience with electronic records management systems, document imaging systems, or enterprise database systems

• Knowledge of current best practices related to copyright and access issues for born-digital collections

• Ability to understand, use, and innovate with community and ISO standards in a unique context, including OAIS, PAIMAS, and related standards

Application Instructions

Completed application materials must include a cover letter addressing the minimum and preferred qualifications for the position as listed above, a resume or curriculum vitae, and three professional references.

This is a continuous recruitment. Review of applications will begin November 17, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Applications received after November 16, 2017, may not receive consideration.

Application Deadline
Continuous (Open Until Filled?) Yes
If Continuous, Initial Review Date 11/17/2017
Position Contact Name Kimberly Wesley
Contact Phone 4142296201
Contact Email
Application Notes

For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.

Legal Notices

AA/EO Statement
UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

Reasonable Accommodations
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Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWM is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWM will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC Policy
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. References
Optional Documents

Posting Specific Questions

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