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Job Summary

The Bentley Historical Library seeks a motivated and knowledgeable archivist to join its Curation team in the role of Archivist for Digitization Services. Reporting to the Lead Archivist for Digital Initiatives, the Archivist for Digitization Services will be responsible for filling critical gaps in the daily operations of digital imaging and audiovisual digitization.

Longer-term, the archivist will devise new, holistic ways to increase the Bentley’s capabilities to address current and future digitization needs and will play a leading advisory role in envisioning, planning and implementing new digitization services and initiatives. This may include participating in usability and user experience testing of the library’s digitization services, or playing a lead role in an eventual consolidation of digital repositories and digitization operations, with the goal of a holistic, format-neutral suite of digitization services.

The Bentley Historical Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work.


Collaborates on the day-to-day management of digital imaging operations (50%)

  • Participates in digital imaging projects, including review, preparation, digitization and post-processing, especially quality review
  • Ensures that digitization is accomplished following established standards for the creation of digital preservation masters and access derivatives and local guidelines for ingest into digital preservation and access repositories
  • Supports the implementation and iterative improvement of a new researcher-driven digitization stream
  • Works with conservation and digitization staff and liaises with project stakeholders throughout the entire project lifecycle
  • Trains digitization staff on materials preparation, image capture, and creation and management of files and metadata
  • Creates and maintains technical documentation

Processes archival collections in support of large-scale digital imaging and audiovisual digitization (20%)

  • Updates finding aids and other descriptive or administrative metadata for digitized assets
  • Defines and documents critical decisions made during digitization
  • Loads data and metadata into digital preservation and access repositories

Assists with audiovisual digitization operations (20%)

  • Performs rights reviews to expand access to digitized audio and, eventually, digitized film and video in an efficient and sustainable manner

Participates in planning and policy-setting for digitization services (10%)

  • Works with the current Archivist for Digitization and Archivist for Audiovisual Curation to identify and prioritize archival materials for digitization
  • Evaluates and improves workflows and procedures for production efficiency and quality
  • Monitors emerging trends and technologies related to digitization services
  • Investigates and proposes for implementation new digitization methods, techniques, procedures and services

Within the first two years, the archivist will take the lead on envisioning, planning and implementing new digitization initiatives, which may include:

  • Integrating the data and metadata in disparate digital repositories
  • Rationalizing or consolidating distinct digitization operations as needed
  • Offering format-neutral digitization services
  • Improving access to and engagement with digitized archives, including accessibility and user experience

Required Qualifications*

  • ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information studies
  • Mastery of core archival concepts (provenance, original order, etc.) and functions (appraisal, arrangement, description, etc.)
  • Expertise and technical knowledge in the creation and management of digitized assets
  • Knowledge of trends in digitization and digital preservation research and practice
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks, meet project milestones, document decisions and procedures and communicate outcomes

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in managing complex, large-scale collaborative projects
  • Experience of weighing legal and ethical issues affecting privacy, records restrictions and access as they pertain to digital archives
  • One or more years of experience with FADGI digitization standards and best practices for audiovisual digitization
  • One or more years of experience with metadata standards and practices for archives and digital content (e.g., METS, Dublin Core, etc.)
  • Experience using an archival information management systems as well as digital asset management system or digital repository
  • Demonstrated attention to detail when executing tasks and complex projects specific to digitization work
  • Familiarity with digitization software such as Adobe Photoshop
  • Understanding of color management and color profiles and ability to recognize image defects during quality review for digital imaging
  • Experience processing archival collections using Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new software, including those that use a Command-Line Interface
  • Demonstrated technical expertise, including practical knowledge of HTML and XML as well as scripting languages such as Python, PHP, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively network and build relationships with various internal and external stakeholders.
  • Understanding of the value of diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.