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University of Michigan
Digital Preservation Librarian
University Library, University of Michigan
Digital Preservation Librarian
Description of Duties
Under the general supervision of the Head of Preservation & Conservation, the Digital Preservation
Librarian will:
45% 1. Advise library staff and digital content managers on all phases of the life cycle of digital
content, with the aim of long-term retention and access. Assist in the ongoing development of
requirements, specifications, and policies related to digital content the library solicits,
accepts, purchases, or creates. Advise both library staff and external content creators on
strategies and implementation of those specifications. Act on behalf of the library as a
technical liaison on preservation issues to vendors providing digital materials and services.
25% 2. Research, plan, and develop an overarching digital preservation program for the University
Library collections of value in a digital format. Review existing library practices, analyze and
respond to needs. Support the development of the preservation program for the HathiTrust
shared digital repository, along with other University Library digital object repositories.
Develop and maintain disaster recovery planning and policy documents.
20% 3. Stay current on developing technologies, standards, and practice in preservation of digital
collections and content, and recommend responses to these developments through
summaries, reports, and revisions to policies and procedures. Represent the University
Library in forums on digital preservation at the campus, national, and international level.
Document happenings related to digital preservation at the University Library via scholarly
papers and presentations. Participate in digital preservation research projects at the
University and elsewhere.
5% 4. Perform public outreach by creating guides and other informative materials, giving talks, and
maintaining the Digital Preservation web site.
2.5% 5. Orient, train, and supervise interns or other temporary staff during their participation on
relevant projects.
2.5% 6. Contribute to University Library and other University-associated committees and working
Qualifications: ALA-accredited masters degree in library or information studies or equivalent advanced
degree and experience. Demonstrated knowledge of the lifecycle management of digital material; an
understanding of issues related to digital formats, media, and migration. Experience working in research
collections (libraries, archives, museums, data centers), with a minimum of 2 years of progressive
experience with digital resources.
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