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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

[LIBJOBS] Open Position: Digital Preservation Librarian, Penn State University Libraries, University Park, Pennsylvania USA

Digital Preservation Librarian
Penn State University Libraries

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The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invites applications and nominations for a Digital Preservation Librarian.  Reporting to the Head of Preservation, Conservation and Digitization, the Digital Preservation Librarian will establish policies and best practices for the long-term protection and access to digital materials while managing digital preservation processes to ensure long-term retention and access.  Bringing to the forefront a proactive awareness of social responsibility, inherent and historical institutional biases, and ethics of digital preservation, this position will work closely with librarians and staff across the University Libraries who are working on digital projects, as well as with University Information Technology Services and other library, campus, and university units. 


The Digital Preservation Librarian will play a lead role in developing an effective and achievable strategy to establish a cohesive digital preservation program ensuring the long-term viability of university digital assets regardless of format.  This position will be responsible for the design, implementation, and management of policies and workflows, including identifying best practice standards, audits, and quality control processes for the long-term protection and access to digital materials of all types, both created and acquired by the University Libraries.  The Digital Preservation Librarian will play a key role in advising the Penn State community and other external content creators on digital content lifecycle issues, strategies for digital content preservation, the use of innovative tools and processes for experimentation and development, and other initiatives related to digital collections and data.  This will include the development of services to support the curation and preservation of research data.  The Digital Preservation Librarian will be expected to prepare proposals for external funding for digital preservation projects, and specification recommendations for vended services that support the digital preservation program.  Other expectations include staying current on developing technologies, standards and practices in preservation of digital collections and data curation, and include the supervision one full time staff employee. Additionally, this individual will be asked to represent the University Libraries by participating in consortial efforts such as Digital Preservation Network (DPN), Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust) and LOCKSS, and others concerning digital preservation at the local, national and international level.



Requires a Masters degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent), although candidates with an advanced degree in a relevant subject area and appropriate experience in an academic setting will also be considered.  Other required qualifications include: demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation issues, strategies, standards, and best practices; familiarity with national and international collaborative digital preservation efforts; demonstrated experience with preservation metadata standards; an understanding of digital objects in various formats and best practices and standards associated with each format; knowledge or awareness of tools and technology standards typically used in digital library environments; demonstrated experience with multiple computer platforms including Linux, Windows, and/or MacOS X; good organization skills and an aptitude for analytical and detailed work; ability to work independently as well as collegially in a complex, rapidly changing and professionally diverse environment; creative, energetic, and collaborative work style; excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation and teamwork skills; and ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position at the University Libraries.


Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience with digital repository management systems such as Hydra, Fedora, DSpace; knowledge of digital preservation tools such as BitCurator, Archivematica, BagIT, JHOVE; understanding of application of emulation technologies for digital preservation strategies; professional work experience in the field of digital preservation, digital libraries, or digital repositories; hands-on experience in use of a digital preservation systems in an enterprise-scale environment; experience with markup languages such as HTML and XML; style sheets such as CSS and XSL; and other XML-related technologies; experience with RDF and application of URIs in metadata records; familiarity with large-scale storage systems; knowledge of and experience with agile project management methodologies; and success in acquiring and developing grant funded projects.



The University Libraries is ranked among the top ten research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve approximately 6,300 faculty and 46,000 students at University Park, and more than 95,000 students university-wide.  Over 100 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance. The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. For more information, please visit and


Compensation: Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually. Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the University.


Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online.  To apply, please visit   To be considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses).   Review of applications will begin September 6, 2016 and continue until position is filled.  Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at


Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. 


Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.


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