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Job Summary

The Bentley Historical Library’s Curation Team seeks a user-oriented, creative, collaborative, and self-motivated individual to join the Curation Team in the position of Archivist for Digital Curation. Reporting to the Assistant Director for Curation, this person will be primarily responsible for born-digital transfer (including removable media), consulting on digital processing, and web archiving.

About the Bentley and the Curation Team: The Curation team supports the Bentley’s mission of collecting the materials for and promoting the study of the histories of two great, intertwined institutions, the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan. Comprised of five archivists, two project archivists, one conservator, two technicians, and student workers, the Curation team appraises, arranges, and describes Bentley archival collections; digitizes them to enhance access and long-term preservation; conserves the material in them; and provides archival storage and ongoing collections management for them. The Bentley is committed to the principles and practices of diversity, equity and inclusion. See https://bentley.umich.edu/about/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/ for the current DEI strategic plan of the Bentley Historical Library.

The way we work: As the Bentley’s largest team, we value the many skills and perspectives our team members bring to the table. While we seek to innovate, we also recognize the value of maintaining and improving those technologies and collections that we already curate. Our work is guided by a thoughtful and pragmatic approach to applying archival standards and the principles behind them and it is informed by user needs, whether archivists, donors or researchers. The Bentley as a whole is dedicated to fostering professional growth and development as well as sharing knowledge and giving back to our professional communities.

General expectations for this position: As with all members of the Curation Team, the person in this position will approach their work in alignment with existing guidelines for processing and collections management for our various digital initiatives from ingest and accession to access. This includes use of ArchivesSpace, the Bentley’s system of record for descriptive and administrative metadata for archival collections. They will also need to understand the complex and multifaceted human and technical infrastructure that supports the physical and digital material, metadata, systems, integrations, and people that we work with and serve inside the Bentley, inside the University--including campus partners like U-M Information and Technology Services and U-M Library--and beyond. This involves close collaboration, especially with the Bentley’s field archivists and with members of the Reference and Academic Programs and University History Groups teams, and requires the archivist to have an understanding of how the digital collections they curate are used, including via analytics. They will also monitor the external environment for changes or threats to the digital materials they are responsible for stewarding, recommending appropriate revisions to our strategy in line with changing conditions, to safeguard against a constantly evolving user and technological environment.

Responsibilities*

  • Born-digital transfer (including removable media) and digital processing - (60%)
    • With the Assistant Director for Curation, sets the vision and direction for born-digital transfer and digital processing at the Bentley
    • Build upon current policies and procedures for born-digital transfer, processing, preservation, and access, including product ownership of Archivematica and DSpace
    • Consult with field archivists (i.e., those responsible for acquiring collections) on the transfer of born-digital archives from donors to the Bentley
    • Manage specialized hardware and software on the Bentley’s digital processing workstations that transfer content from various physical storage media to the digital processing backlog, which has included supervising student workers acting as removable media technicians
    • Maintain the Bentley’s born-digital backlog, which includes use of Archivematica’s Transfer and Backlog functionalities
    • In collaboration with the Lead Archivist for Collections Management, consult with processing archivists on the arrangement and description of born-digital archives
    • Provide documentation, training, and necessary input on digital processing procedures that ensure the authenticity, integrity, and security of born-digital content
    • Work with Bentley colleagues to use archival theory and computational thinking to brainstorm and experiment with creative approaches to appraising born-digital archives, particularly at scale
    • Maintain the Bentley’s integrated Archivematica to DSpace workflow, including use of Archivematica’s Appraisal Tab functionality as well as Archivematica’s Automation Tools and the ArchivesSpace and DSpace APIs
  • Web archiving (including social media) - (30%)
    • With the Assistant Director for Curation, sets the vision and direction for web archiving at the Bentley
    • Build upon current policies and procedures for web archiving, preservation, and access, including product ownership of Archive-It
    • Work with field archivists to identify crawl targets, configure crawler settings, contextualize content, initiate test crawls, and conduct quality assurance on completed crawls
    • Aid field and processing archivists in capturing and processing social media archives, respectively, including but not limited to those from Twitter and YouTube
    • Work with the Lead Archivist for Collections Management to set policies and procedures for discoverability of web archives via the Bentley and U-M Libraries’ various access systems
  • Other duties as assigned - (10%): Examples may include presentations to staff, committee work, engaging in library-wide and/or university-wide initiatives, etc.

Required Qualifications*

  • ALA-accredited masters degree in library, information, and/or archival science, or equivalent masters degree
  • Minimum one year of experience in a library or archival setting
  • In-depth knowledge of the archival functions of appraisal, arrangement, and description, and the additional procedures that ensure the authenticity, integrity, and security of born-digital content
  • In-depth knowledge of digital preservation metadata schemes such as PREMIS and METS, as well as models like the DCC Curation Lifecycle Model, PAIMIS, and OAIS
  • Knowledge of descriptive metadata schemes such as EAD and Dublin Core, as well as the content standard DACS
  • Knowledge of general copyright, donor restriction, privacy, and ethical issues related to providing access to born-digital material
  • Familiarity with systems and methodologies for born-digital transfer and digital processing
  • Familiarity with web archiving applications and methodologies for the acquisition of web content, including social media
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders both internal and external to the Bentley
  • Understands and values 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
  • Ability to routinely move boxes up to 40 pounds and to occasionally ascend/descend ladders or stairs

Desired Qualifications*

  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate with others to articulate a vision for an area of work and set a strategy for implementing it, as well as set goals and later evaluate the degree of success in accomplishing them
  • Experience with command-line interfaces, scripting languages, relational databases, and web applications, including their APIs
  • Experience with data standards for format and technical interchange like XML or JSON
  • Experience with time and project management techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-oriented setting with fellow staff members toward the institution’s goals
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on multiple projects and priorities
  • Demonstrated ability, willingness, and desire to learn new things and take initiative          
  • Ability to train and supervise student employees

Underfill Statement

This position may be filled at the Assistant or Associate Archivist level. Rank and salary are dependent on experience and qualifications. This position is in the archival track, designated as ranked but untenured faculty by the Board of Regents. All faculty positions at the Bentley begin with a two year probationary period.

Additional Information

Benefits: The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities. See hr.umich.edu/benefits-wellness for more information.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.