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Archives Operations Coordinator/Digital Services Archivist, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA

The University Library's Gerth Archives and Special Collections at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian (12-month) with the appointment starting in Fall 2019.

For more information see: https://www.csudh.edu/library/ and https://www.csudh.edu/libarchives/


Responsibilities:
Working independently and with stakeholders, the Archives Operations Coordinator/Digital Services Archivist directs the daily work of archival professionals processing and making available archival materials.  Also, this person provides leadership, vision, and support for the Library's Gerth Archives and Special Collections Department's digital assets and digital archives programs and projects. Reporting to the Dean of the Library, with operational oversight from the Director of Archives & Special Collections, the person will lead the development of a new digital curation and preservation program in the Gerth Archives. The Archivist will also oversee the development of all digital collections projects, recommend and administer a DAMS (Digital Asset Management System) and administer all CMS (Collection Management System) activities, and work collaboratively with colleagues in the department and library to further digital collections and digital asset management activities.

The University Library's Gerth Archives and Special Collections at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) seeks an innovative, dynamic, enthusiastic, collaborative, and service-minded skilled professional to join the Gerth Archives and Special Collections department as the Archives Operations Coordinator/Digital Archivist. Library Faculty in the CSUDH Library have positions that enable them to provide leadership and coordination for a functional area as well as within a content area. Under the direction of the Director, Archives and Special Collections, the successful candidate will:

  •  Coordinate the day-to-day operations for processing and making accessible archival collections.  Assign work, train, and supervise employees, student assistants, and interns.
  • Review infrastructure needs to improve the workflow and processing of archival collections. Develop workflows, policies and procedures for efficient and effective archival processing in consultation with all Gerth Archives professionals.
  • Lead and provide expertise in the development of mission and vision statements for the Gerth Archives.
  • Provide expertise, leadership, and vision in administration of both existing digital collections and the creation of new digital collection projects. Plan, implement, communicate, and oversee the digital curation and preservation program for identification and prioritization of digital asset curation and preservation activities. This includes but is not limited to conducting surveys, developing needs assessments, providing oversight for the processing, maintenance, and preservation of digital content, their carriers, and any associated metadata.
  • Lead and provide expertise in the creation, development, adoption, and adaptation of policies, strategies, workflows, processes, and practices related to digital curation and preservation program development.
  • Lead collaborative initiatives to develop best practices and standards for metadata creation across all digital projects including improving legacy metadata. 
  • Work with archivists and library personnel in the integration of descriptive metadata into existing discovery systems in the library.
  • Participate in generating archival assets for the CSUDH institutional repository in collaboration with Digital Initiatives Librarian.
  • Participate in instruction and department outreach activities to promote the Gerth Archives.
  • Build a record of progressive scholarly and professional achievement to fulfill retention, tenure and promotion requirements.
  • Engage in professional development activities, conference presentations and peer-reviewed articles in support of the library and its digital initiatives.


The ideal candidate will have experience directing archival collections projects, supervising professionals, developing policies and procedures, and working as a Digital Archivist. This individual will have experience leading digital curation and preservation planning, and have engagement in the development of policies, procedures and workflows for digital curation and preservation. Additionally, this person will have knowledge of and experience with standards and best practices for the digitization, description, curation, access, and discoverability of archival collections. In addition to excellent interpersonal and communication skills, this candidate will bring an attitude of curiosity, creativity, and innovation to the Gerth Archives and Special Collections department.

Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution or a related advanced degree.
  • Minimum of two years' professional experience in digital archives at an academic library, archives, historical society, or museum setting.
  • Experience directing and managing archival projects.
  • Experience supervising professional staff.
  • Experience with digital asset curation and preservation activities, practices, processes, workflows, and tools.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital asset lifecycle management and associated standards and frameworks.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of metadata content, structure, and preservation standards including MARC, EAD, DACS, MODs PREMIS, etc.
  • Knowledge of ARCHON, ArchivesSpace or other content management platform.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and communication skills
  • Excellent project and program management, analytic, and problem solving skills, attention to detail.
  • The ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, interns, community members and vendors in a diverse environment.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with Library personnel, students, interns, and volunteers
  • Applicants must have experience in working with students and colleagues from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.


Preferred /Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to create policies and procedures for archival processing workflows.
  • Experience gathering, analyzing, and reporting data.
  • Experience using web archiving applications.
  • Knowledge of email archiving applications and workflows.
  • Strong understanding of digital forensic tools and workflows, experience maintaining hardware and specialized equipment for access to legacy media.
  • Knowledge of current best practices related to copyright and access for born-digital collections.
  • Coursework in digital curation and preservation.
  • Knowledge of effective pedagogical strategies for teaching students how to locate, evaluate, and use archival and special collections materials.


How To Apply:
The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in August, 2019. For full consideration, please submit your completed application no later than August 15, 2019.

Register your online application at New & Returning Applicants at https://www.csudh.edu/hr/job-opportunities/index and submit the following in a single pdf file:

- Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
- Cover letter
- List of 3 references with contact information
- Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)

For finalist with International transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required.

A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to ghardy@csudh.edu or mailed directly to the office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.

Applicants that are selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be notified by the Search Committee when to submit their (3) three letters of recommendation directly to the email address of sbrasley@csudh.edu or you may mail directly to:

Dr. Stephanie Brasley
CSU, Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria Street, (University Library, Room 5034)
Carson, CA  90747

The full job description and application can be found here.

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