Assistant Professor, Digital Preservation Manager

University of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Sep 28, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

This position is a 12-month tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level (minimum starting salary of $74,671).  This is a calendar year appointment with an expected start date of January 2022. This position reports to the Chair, Technical Services, and Director of Distinctive Collections. Recent graduates and early career professionals are encouraged to apply.


Position Summary  


The University of Rhode Island University Libraries seeks a highly motivated individual for the

position of Assistant Professor, Digital Preservation Manager. The incumbent will play a central

role in building and sustaining a digital preservation program.


They will use collaborative and innovative approaches to lead the Libraries’ effort to ensure the

long-term preservation of and ongoing access to research data, university records, and other

unique digital resources in support of the University’s dynamic teaching and research



The Digital Preservation Manager will lead the development of a digital assets (primarily

born-digital records and media) program for the University in support of Distinctive Collections’

wider collecting initiatives. In this role, the incumbent will work closely with existing faculty

and staff to create policies, procedures, and workflows for processing, preserving, and managing

born-digital assets and hybrid archives.


As part of the Distinctive Collections team, the successful candidate will provide leadership

across the URI community for the preservation and long-term accessibility to the institution’s

digital assets. These assets include born-digital and digitized records, research datasets, images,

and audio and audiovisual materials, as well as software code, collection metadata, business data,

web archives, and hybrid collections. This position also provides oversight for Distinctive

Collections’ suite of information systems (ArchiveSpace, Preservica) and digital archives

hardware (FRED). They will coordinate with Alma, Primo, and DigitalCommons product



They will advise departments and donors on the management of electronic records, as well as

orchestrate the transfer of electronic assets to the university archives. They will also assist

University researchers with the organization, management, and curation of research data to

enhance its preservation and access now and into the future.


The search will remain open until the position is filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by September 24, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by October 23, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (October 23, 2021) may not be given full consideration.


Visit the URI jobs website at to apply and view complete details for posting (F00251). 



The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer. 
Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other protected groups are encouraged to apply.

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