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Digital Preservation Librarian

Syracuse University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 3, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Communications, Digital Media, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration, Librarians & Library Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Technology Administration/Other
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Full Time
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Job # 037306 Department Code 20610-5452 Department SU Libraries Job Title Digital Preservation Librarian Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commenserate with experience. Staff Level 00 FLSA Status Exempt Hours
Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)

8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs. Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description
Working in the Libraries’ newly formed Department of Digital Stewardship and reporting to the Head of Digital Stewardship and the Digital Library Program, the Digital Preservation Librarian will serve on a team that is explicitly focused on and committed to caring for the Libraries’ unique digital content, serving an integral role in supporting the Libraries’ strategic objectives to grow its Digital Library Program. The Digital Preservation Librarian will lead the Libraries’ digital preservation efforts to ensure long-term preservation and persistent access to the Libraries’ unique digitized and born-digital content, will act as the Libraries’ expert in digital preservation practices and processes, and serve as the platform manager for the Libraries’ digital preservation system (Preservica).

In doing so, the incumbent will troubleshoot any workflow issues and work closely with content stewards and Library Information Technology Services ( LITS ) to ensure that digital objects are appropriately preserved, maintained, and accessible to users as needed. As faculty/student/researcher-driven digital projects increase, the Digital Preservation Librarian will provide sought-after consultation and expert guidance, working closely with relevant stakeholders. Qualifications
The Syracuse University Libraries is dedicated to an inclusive and equitable workforce. We are fully committed to hiring and developing diverse talent and believe deeply in equity, diversity of race/ethnicity, gender identity, abilities, veteran status, and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different. We are committed to reducing physical barriers in the workspace and ensuring that all applicants and employees receive reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of any given role. We strongly encourage applicants who share these values to apply.

American Library Association-accredited MLIS or equivalent advanced degree and experience.

Aptitude for learning new technologies and standards.

Excellent organizational and project management skills.

Strong service orientation and interest in library users’ values and needs.

Excellent communication and analytic skills, including the ability to work well in a team-based environment. Job Specific Qualifications
Two to three years of experience doing digital preservation work in a library setting.

Experience with digital preservation tools such as Preservica, Bitcurator, Archive-it.

Demonstrated understanding of digital preservation standards and practices (including, but not limited to: the Open Archives Information System ( OAIS ) Reference Model, the digital curation lifecycle, and the NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation). Responsibilities
Digital Preservation
Manage digital objects and collections in the Libraries’ digital preservation infrastructure (i.e.: Preservica, Archive-it, various content storage environments, etc.) to:
  • Work with content stewards across the Libraries to develop/support procedures, including Library Information and Technology Services ( LITS ), and vendors.
  • Work with the Metadata Strategies Librarian to create collection models and metadata plans for batch ingests.
  • Maintain archival information packages (AIPs) within the digital preservation system and work with LITS to sync preservation activity with the Libraries’ LTO tape system through a series of system audits, planning and execution of format migrations, or other remediative practices as needed/required.
  • Work with LITS and content stakeholders to develop and support workflows that provide dissemination information packages (DIPs) to end-users.
  • Monitor platform developments and work with relevant stakeholders to make changes to local practices and workflows as needed.
  • Manage and update the Libraries’ Digital Preservation Policy.
  • Lead a digital preservation working group to coordinate digital preservation activity across the Libraries.
  • This position may supervise a professional staff member/graduate students as needed.
Outreach and Consultation
  • Provide support for faculty, students, and researchers seeking to prepare digital scholarship projects for persistent, long-term preservation and access.
Digital Library Program ( DLP ) Core Team
  • Serve as a member of the Core Team.
  • Give feedback on policy development and digital library infrastructure.
  • Assess proposed digital projects and give feedback on appropriate digital preservation strategies.
Professional development and service
  • Monitor and contribute to the development of local, national, and/or international digital preservation standards and policies. Conduct research and contribute to professional publications and forums.
  • Participate in Libraries’ working groups and teams outside of ordinary job responsibilities.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions
In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter. About Syracuse University
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit About the Syracuse area
Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal. EEOC
Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities. Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans
Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members. Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community
Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity. Quick Link Job Posting Date 08/03/2021 Application Deadline Full Consideration By Job Category Staff Message to Applicants
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