Digital Preservation Librarian
Commenserate with experience.
Standard University business hours
8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)
Hours may vary based on operational needs.
Unionized Position Code
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
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
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
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,
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).
Manage digital objects and collections in the Libraries’ digital
preservation infrastructure (i.e.: Preservica, Archive-it, various
content storage environments, etc.) to:
Outreach and Consultation
- 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
- Monitor platform developments and work with relevant
stakeholders to make changes to local practices and workflows as
- Manage and update the Libraries’ Digital Preservation
- 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.
Digital Library Program ( DLP ) Core Team
- Provide support for faculty, students, and researchers seeking
to prepare digital scholarship projects for persistent, long-term
preservation and access.
Professional development and service
- Serve as a member of the Core Team.
- Give feedback on policy development and digital library
- Assess proposed digital projects and give feedback on
appropriate digital preservation strategies.
- 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
- Participate in Libraries’ working groups and teams outside of
ordinary job responsibilities.
- Other duties as assigned.
In addition to completing an online application, please attach a
resume and cover letter.
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