Digital Projects Archivist (Assistant Librarian), University of Texas

By IS Lab July 31, 2021

University of Texas

To provide support to LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections in the implementation of post-custodial archival initiatives.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the implementation of post-custodial projects at partner sites in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.
  • Build and maintain relationships with post-custodial partners and project stakeholders. Develop workflows and conduct training in best practices for digitization and metadata in support of post-custodial initiatives.
  • Review archival material received from partners and oversee quality control of images and metadata; ingest to the Latin American Digital Initiatives digital repository (; and preservation workflows.
  • Support management of the grant “Cultivating a Post-Custodial Archival Community”, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • Document decision-making, workflows, and processes. Assist with grant writing, statistical tracking, program evaluation, and report writing.
  • Strengthen knowledge of archival and digital curation best practices through observation, training, personal skill-building, and professional development.
  • Engage with the UTL and broader professional community through participation in professional committees, informal learning groups, conference presentations, and/or other comparable activities.
  • Support the development of digital infrastructure and strategy at the Benson, including accession, quality control, description, ingest, and preservation of digital materials.
  • Work with UT Libraries to provide online access to archival materials.
  • Assist Benson Collection archivists and the LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator with related activities as needed.

Job Qualifications


  • Master’s degree in library science or equivalent.
  • Professional working proficiency in Spanish, including written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Latin American history and culture.
  • Willingness and ability to learn new technical skills.
  • Knowledge of digitization and metadata standards for digital objects.
  • Familiarity with archival collections and best practices related to arrangement and description.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and thoroughness.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated creative problem-solving abilities, initiative, perseverance, and intellectual curiosity.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.


  • Professional working proficiency in Portuguese.
  • Availability for international travel.
  • Experience working with digital repositories.
  • Knowledge of digital asset management tools and techniques, including batch processes for image manipulation, derivative generation, file renaming, etc (Adobe Bridge, Lightroom, and Photoshop; command-line processes such as ImageMagick and FFmpeg; Python).
  • Knowledge of metadata transformation and remediation tools and techniques for batch creation and manipulation of metadata (e.g. Excel, Oxygen, OpenRefine, XSLT, and/or scripting languages).
  • Knowledge of linked data best practices and standards (RDF, SPARQL).
  • Knowledge of digital preservation best practices.
  • Experience creating and managing projects.

To apply, send in your most recently updated resume or CV, three work references with their contact information with at least one reference should from a supervisor, and a letter of interest. The starting salary is $50,000 a year and can be higher depending on qualifications

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