The Library is seeking applications for the position of Senior Library Specialist –Special Collections – Digital Records to work in the John Hay Library. The successful candidate will be responsible for performing digital preservation duties by skilled tasks associated with born-digital or digitized materials in support of the Library’s mission. Facilitates multiple projects that involve migration, digital preservation and metadata creation through digital preservation workflows for Special Collections, the Library and University. Works with staff across the Libraries to resolve issues related to migration and digital preservation of collection materials.
This is a full-time position working, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, as a member of the Library’s bargaining unit staff.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
Under direction of supervisor and library staff use specialized tools to carry out workflow to describe and/or transform born-digital or digitized content as needed.
Assist in transfer of digital materials from a variety of current and legacy media and file formats such as tapes, floppy disks, CDs, and hard drives.
Arrange and describe digital format archival and manuscript collections and institutional records. Add link to collections management database for inclusion in finding aid where applicable.
Use technology to conduct virus-check, generate checksums, create disk image, preserve metadata, scan data, and verify file authenticity.
Use technology to create, store, and replicate Administrative Installation Points (AIP). Create an access copy.
Use digital preservation, library tools, or standard office technology (eg spreadsheets) to organize, review, and correct (as needed) extensive data.
Identify and investigate migration and preservation problems or issues, resolves documented problems or issues within established procedures, and brings undocumented problems to attention of supervisor and others as appropriate.
Conduct basic quality assurance of website crawls in appropriate technology (eg Archive-It).
Apply various metadata standards to describe digital image collections and encode finding aids to archival and manuscript collections.
Assist supervisor to improve and streamline workflow as necessitated by changing technology.
Generate and review reports.
Trains and provides assistance to coworkers.
Performs related duties as required.
Supervisor: Records Manager/ Digital Archivist
Works independently, under general direction: makes independent judgments and decisions within the scope of library policies and procedures .
Three years of experience using standard office technology (eg MS Office, Google Apps), particularly spreadsheets.
Demonstrated skill in migration or organizing unstructured data (ie. word processing, spreadsheet, text, audio, and video files) in a variety of file formats.
Capacity to learn new technologies and systems necessary to maintain effective job performance.
Ability to interpret complicated instructions and use judgment within established procedures.
Ability to work without close supervision.
Ability to interact favorably with co-workers and library users.
Knowledge of metadata schemes, such as METS, MODS, or PREMIS – desirable
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
Candidates please note: All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.
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Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.