Librarian I: Masterâs degree in Library and Information Science or an advanced degree in a related disciplinary field with experience and/or training in digital preservation. Librarian II: Masterâs degree and 3 years of related experience. Degree in Library and Information Science or an advanced degree in a related disciplinary field with experience and/or training in digital preservation. Experience planning, implementing and managing a digital preservation program with knowledge of strategies, current trends, standards and best practices, policy development, and issues associated with digital preservation. Working knowledge or experience of intellectual property rights and metadata standards as they pertain to digital preservation. Demonstrated strong technical expertise or experience with a wide array of digital objects in a library or cultural heritage organization. Working knowledge or experience of digital preservation tools and services such as Bitcurator, Archivematica, Archive-It, and DPN.
The Iowa State University Library is seeking a Digital Preservation Librarian to lead the development, documentation, implementation, and management of our digital preservation program. This position will provide expertise and coordinate efforts to safeguard the University Libraryâs local digital assets, both born digital and converted, including electronic records, digital objects (text, image, audiovisual, 3D), web pages, and datasets. The Digital Preservation Librarian, at a level of Librarian I or II, will assess the state of our digital preservation activities; help identify collection priorities; and create, maintain, and enforce policies, procedures, workflows, and strategies for sustainable digital preservation and access practices. In addition, the Librarian will implement other recommendations from the University Library Digital Preservation Planning Project Report, completed in August 2019. The Librarian will, also, work with the Iowa Regent Libraries to develop the groundwork for collaborative/shared digital preservation efforts, and represent the university in matters concerning digital preservation at the local, national and international level.
A Librarian I will explore, show interest in and have potential for institutional service and external professional activities. In addition to the above, a Librarian II will be able to demonstrate, through evidence, increasing skills and leadership potential.
Important attributes will include how to plan, organize, set and achieve goals. Having the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate will be essential to success, as the candidate will be working alongside the department to achieve this goal. They will also need to be able to work in a team environment as they will be working alongside multiple library departments to achieve library strategic goals. The candidate will also need to embrace the Libraryâs core values, demonstrate collegiality, and have strong commitment to public service and the land grant mission.
ISU students, staff, and faculty strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Library staff must embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people, and diverse perspectives. This directly impacts the work of the Digital Preservation Librarian as they develop, enforce and implement policies, procedures and workflows for the Iowa State University Library.
Required minimum qualifications for Librarian II: Masterâs degree and 3 years of related experience.
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