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Digital Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI

The James P. Adams Library at Rhode Island College invites applications for the full-time position of Digital Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at the rank of Assistant/Associate* Professor.


The individual will provide vision and leadership in directing and managing the College's Special Collections and Digital Initiatives unit to provide Rhode Island College members and the community access to locally produced content and the College's unique collections. Processes primary source materials including rare books, manuscripts, college archives, and photographs that require specialized storage and services. Stewards locally produced content, including media, student projects, and faculty publications. Oversees the digital initiatives unit in digital preservation planning to ensure long-term accessibility of digital assets. Promotes undergraduate and graduate research using primary materials. Provides instruction on using archival material in scholarship.


Required Qualifications Include:

  • Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program, with coursework in Special Collections, Archives or Archival Management.
  • Familiarity with both special collections and institutional archives.
  • Minimum of two years of work experience with conservation, preservation, and digitization techniques of archival material in a variety of formats.
  • Minimum of two years of work experience maintaining, expanding and promoting a digital institutional repository.
  • Experience supervising staff and student employees.


*Associate Professor: 

  • Minimum of six years of work experience involving a digital institutional repository
  • Appropriate academic/ professional experience, as approved by the Library Director, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the President, may be substituted for all or part of the years in rank
  • Community service related to the field
  • Demonstrated leadership in a higher education or equivalent professional context


Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working in archives or special collections; experience in academic libraries
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Understanding of digital collections development and management
  • Experience with HTML, CSS, Javascript and other web development tools
  • Experience with institutional repositories such as Bepress, Islandora, or DSpace
  • Commitment to the archives profession through active participation in conferences and professional organizations
  • Reading knowledge of a Romance language such as Italian or Portuguese
  • Demonstrated ability assisting faculty in the creation of research data management plans


Application deadline: April 12, 2019.


For a full job description, which include additional responsibilities and requirements for the position and application procedures, see Candidates must apply on-line, using Rhode Island College's PeopleAdmin Applicant Tracking system.


As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution that values and is committed to inclusion and expanding the diversity of its faculty and staff, the College invites members of protected classes, including minorities and persons with disabilities, to identify themselves as such at the time of application.


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