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Digital Preservation Analyst - University of Virginia Library

Location: USA - VA - Charlottesville

The University of Virginia Library seeks a collaborative, curious, and communicative Digital Preservation Analyst to join the Library’s digital preservation program team in Preservation Services. The Digital Preservation Analyst (DPA) will report to and work closely with the Digital Preservation Librarian to scale, support, and maintain digital preservation systems, services, and workflows for the growing universe of digital resources stewarded by the University of Virginia Library. We highly encourage early career applicants to apply.

Job Duties

  • Work closely with the Digital Preservation Librarian to test, research, integrate, and maintain digital preservation software, metadata, storage, and systems to scale support for the preservation program at UVA
  • Aid in the coordination of the web archiving program at UVA and eventually serve as the technical lead for UVA’s web archiving technology. Work with colleagues and students to document and ensure the quality of web archives selection, capture, preservation, and access
  • Communicate and collaborate with technical and non-technical colleagues by updating documentation and leading future training for relevant workflows, policies, and tools
  • Monitor digital preservation activities across UVA Library and play a crucial role to ensure the ongoing integrity, authenticity, and accessibility of UVA digital collections, including close collaboration with curation, information technology, and description leads to support long-term access to the Library’s digital collections
  • Support the research and maintenance of collections’ content and file format sustainability plans and work with the Digital Preservation Librarian to integrate preservation planning into broader preservation program strategy and policy for the Library
  • Analyze, research, and maintain workflows to ensure long-term care for born-digital and digitized materials, including but not limited to complex digital archival objects, web archives, digital humanities projects, 3-D data, email, open education resources, software, and faculty, student, and staff scholarship
  • Serve on the Special Collections reference desk 2 hours a week and one Saturday a semester and assist researchers working with born-digital content, both in-person and virtually
  • Participate in UVA working groups and committees; monitor and participate in developments in national and international digital preservation and stewardship communities
  • Research emerging preservation methods such as software emulation and digital forensics while continuing to pursue UVA Library’s preservation focus on sustainable, open, and flexible approaches to long-term preservation challenges

We acknowledge that, as significant as our collections are, we have silences and gaps in which some groups and life experiences are absent. We also acknowledge the ways in which our approaches to digital preservation should first center the needs of the collections we steward and the communities we serve. In support of our library's reparative work, we seek an individual who is prepared to redress archival silences and overcome the challenges of invisible defaults, and who will bring a commitment to preservation and access that surfaces under documented and marginalized voices. We look forward to working with an individual who finds energy and inspiration from engaging and collaborating with others.

Required Qualifications:

  • Applicants must possess one of the following: A. Master's degree in Library Science from ALA Accredited program OR B. Master’s degree in a related field OR C. a bachelor's degree and 4 years of experience working in a library, archives, or research institution
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation standards, concepts, and strategies, which may include schoolwork, coursework, internships, etc.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of web archiving activities and tools
  • Demonstrated knowledge of one or more systems or platforms used for the management or preservation of digital materials
  • Demonstrated aptitude for and interest in learning new technologies and skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of digital file format analysis and documentation in digital preservation planning
  • Demonstrated understanding of metadata standards relevant to digital preservation and libraries
  • Demonstrated interest in evolving preservation approaches such as software emulation and digital forensics
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and anti-racism

At the University of Virginia Library, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and dynamic workplace, so if you are excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every preferred qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway.

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check prior to their first day of employment.

The position will be based in Charlottesville, VA. However, there is the opportunity for a hybrid or flexible work model compliant with University policies.

Anticipated Hiring range: $60,000 - $70,000

Application instructions:

For full job description and to apply, please see https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs/job/Charlottesville-VA/Digital-Preservation-Analyst_R0040263

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