SPEC Kit 329: Managing Born-Digital Special Collections and Archival Materials · 105
yale univerSity
Digital Archivist
Information Services, the systems team employs digital technologies to transform
departmental processes and operations and ensures the functioning of the department’s
technology infrastructure. Serves as the web manager for the Manuscripts & Archives
and Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonials (VAHT) public web portals,
utilizing Cascade Server content management system, and is responsible for maintaining
and updating the department’s internal policies and procedures web site, utilizing
SharePoint. Assists in research services functions of the department through weekly
service on the reference desk, involvement in primary source instruction, and assistance
with the exhibit program. Utilizing departmental and library digital infrastructure,
manages preservation and access copies resulting from digital duplication. Assesses
existing infrastructure and suggests changes as necessary. Supports and manages
technical aspects of the VAHT digitization collections digitization project. Actively
participates in library- and university-wide efforts to preserve and disseminate digital
collections, wherever that work might be undertaken. Serves on requisite committees, as
necessary. In particular, participates in the development of digital repository functionality
to support users in determining the existence, description, location, and availability of
digital collections stored in the repository, as well as applying restrictions and controls to
limit access to specially protected collections, generating responses, and delivering the
responses to users. Addresses the integration of digital collections with EAD finding
aids. Provides technical skills (XML, XSL stylesheet transformation and XSL FO for
PDF generation) to support EAD finding aids maintenance and development throughout
the Yale University Library. Engages actively with professional organizations and
literature; keeps abreast of archival trends and developments. Participates in and
contributes to library long-term planning and is professionally active in library, scholarly
and/or academic organizations. Represents the library and the University in the academic
and professional community by serving on various committees and task forces. May be
required to assist with disaster recovery efforts. May be assigned to work at West
Campus location in West Haven, CT.
Qualifications
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science
and/or Master's degree in history or related discipline; and a minimum of two years
professional archival or digital records management experience and demonstrated
professional accomplishments. Demonstrated knowledge of digital archival and records
management principles and practices, as well as the systems and automation techniques
utilized. Demonstrated ability to work with databases, migrate data from one database
system to another, and develop functional requirements for programmers building new
database applications. Familiarity with EAD, MODS, METS, XML/XSL and other data
structure standards relevant to the archival control of digital collection materials.
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