Digital Archivist, University of Texas at Arlington

By IS Lab April 20, 2020

Website University of Texas at Arlington

Job Details

Position Title: Digital Archivist (S02188P)
Department: Library
Location: Arlington, TX
Job Family: Library
Position Status: Full-time
Work hours: Standard
Work schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:00am-5:00pm. This position will include non-traditional work hours such as nights, weekends, and holidays depending on the needs of the university community, as well as patrons, donors/prospective donors, and other Special Collections stakeholders
Open to: External and Internal
Salary: Salary is commensurate based on qualifications and relevant experience.
Funding: Funding expected to continue
Pay basis: Monthly
Benefits eligible: Yes


The Archivist will develop, implement, and execute processes enabling effective acquisition, appraisal, description, preservation, access to and security of born-digital and hybrid archival collections acquired by Special Collections. Flexibility is required to ensure the department is appropriately staffed in order to satisfy all service needs. Professional development, conferences, and training may require travel and/or overnight accommodations. Exposure to standard office conditions. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.

Job Responsibilities

Leads exploration, evaluation, and implementation of methods, tools, and systems related to the preservation of born-digital content including digital forensic methods, digital preservation systems, and hardware used to transfer data from physical media. Develop strategies and resources to preserve and provide access to new and/or complex data types. Investigate, develop, and implement policies and procedures for digital preservation. Leads and manages web-archiving programming utilizing Archive It. Participates in planning for Libraries and University digital preservation. Assists with creation and publishing archival finding aids in Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO). Works as assigned in all areas of Special Collections and participates fully in Saturday service desk rotations. Conducts bibliographic instruction and outreach to faculty, students, and community groups. Performs other duties as assigned.



Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program or a master’s degree in archival studies, history, or other closely related field with a concentration in archival management and theory. Computer literate and technologically adept. Proficiency in MS Office Suite, specifically Outlook, Word, and Excel. Proficiency in Windows Operating System and file management.


Two (2) years of relevant professional experience as a digital archivist in a special collections or archives, preferably in an academic setting. Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing new digital repository systems, including policies, standards, and procedures for stewardship of digital materials in an archival or special collections setting. Knowledge of strategies, including digital forensics, and technology developed or adopted by the archival community for managing born-digital archival and manuscript material. Demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation theory and practice; and work experience with digital preservation systems and tools (e.g. Archivematica, Preservica, or Bitcurator). Knowledge of command line and open source tools (FFmpeg, ImageMagick). Knowledge of modern programming language (Python, Ruby). Knowledge of linked data/semantic web publishing. Knowledge of legal restrictions to access to data (DMCAFERPA), and understanding of copyright and open access. Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certificate from the Society of American Archivists. Experience creating archival description in MARC and EAD using DACS; experience using Dublin Core for item-level description; familiarity with or aptitude and willingness to implement other metadata standards such as METSRDF, and PREMIS. Experience working with web archiving (Archive-It). Experience working with XML and/or HTML. Experience working with archival collection management systems such as ArchiveSpace or Archon. Experience in working in an active university records management program. Knowledge of data issues in the research-knowledge creation lifecycle. Knowledge of the research process and evolving models of scholarly communication.

Ability to innovatively use advanced organizational and project planning skills along with evidence-based decision-making practices to develop and implement effective programs and services, and complete complex projects. Ability to lead, cultivate, and empower staff. Effective time management skills.


Please provide a sample finding aid for a collection that you arranged and described. This can be a link to an online finding aid or an attachment in PDF or Microsoft Word format.

Applicants must include in their online resume the following information: 1) Employment history: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), job title, summary of job duties and 2) Education: school name, degree type, and major.

Required Documents

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover/Interest Letter
  3. Transcripts
  4. Portfolio or Work Samples

UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.

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