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Job ID: 182478

Digital Archivist - Digital Collection and Archives, Provost's Office
Tufts University

Date Posted Mar. 28, 2022
Title Digital Archivist - Digital Collection and Archives, Provost's Office
University Tufts University
Somerville, MA, United States
Department Digital Collection and Archives, Provost's Office
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Library


Digital Collections and Archives (DCA) is the archives and manuscript repository of Tufts University and is open to the public. DCA’s team of professional archivists provides stewardship for the Tufts University Archives, nearly three hundred manuscript collections, and other permanently valuable physical and digital archival materials. DCA staff also assist Tufts students, faculty, and staff with recordkeeping activities, through records management and digital library services. DCA's stewardship responsibilities are mandated by the Board of Trustees, as outlined in the University Records Policy.

What You'll Do

The Digital Archivist is focused on the preservation and access of digital and hybrid collections held within Digital Collections and Archives at Tufts University. The Digital Archivist processes, describes and ensures long-term access to archives and manuscript material under DCA’s stewardship and participates in the continued evolution of a digital preservation program within DCA and at Tufts. This work will include continuing the transition to a newly implemented digital preservation system, and refining, implementing, and executing processes enabling effective acquisition, appraisal, description, preservation, access to and security of born-digital and hybrid archival collections acquired and stewarded by DCA. The Digital Archivist will work towards new acquisitions and transfer models for managing born digital content, including post-custodial approaches.  The Digital Archivist will also develop strategies and resources to preserve and provide access to new and/or complex data types.


The Digital Archivist is fully integrated into the functioning of the department and participates in reference and research services and collection management activities involving both digital and analog material.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:


Knowledge and experience as typically acquired by:


Years of related experience required: Experience in an archives or special collections department in a research library or similar setting.

Required education: MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, with a concentration in Archives, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required computer/technical skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should be comfortable with word processing, spreadsheet and database software. Ideal candidates will have advanced technical skills including knowledge of technologies and standards related to digital preservation and experience with Python, Ruby, XSLT/XQuery or other scripting languages and experience working with APIs




  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice, including experience processing archival records
  • Knowledge of digital preservation theory and practice
  • Knowledge of strategies and technology developed or adopted by the archival community for managing born-digital archival and manuscript material
  • Knowledge of relevant standards for archival description including DACS, EAD, and EAC-CPF
  • Experience with Python, Ruby, or other scripting languages, and experience working with APIs, or aptitude and willingness to develop these skills
  • Excellent supervisory and organizational skills and ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a variety of staff

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years of relevant experience
  • Experience implementing policies, standards, and procedures for stewardship of digital material in an archival or special collections setting
  • Experience with tools and systems for digital preservation such Preservica and BitCurator
  • Experience with email processing tools such as ePADD
  • Experience with FTK, floppy drive controllers, writeblockers, or other tools related to the transfer of data from physical media
  • Experience working in an active university records program

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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