Utah State University

  • Assistant Librarian (Digital Assets/Accessioning)

    City Logan Campus
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(10/24/2019 5:34 PM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Job Locations
    Category (Portal Searching)
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Job Classification
    University Libraries
    Spec Collections Digital&Cataloging
    Advertised Salary
    Salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits, including an additional annual retirement contribution of 14.2% of salary.
  • Overview

    Utah State University (USU) Libraries seek a collaborative, innovative, flexible thinking, and service-minded librarian to contribute to the Libraries' digital preservation efforts. The Digital Assets/Accessioning Librarian serves on the newly-formed Digital Stewardship Team, comprised of members from the Cataloging and Metadata, Digital Initiatives, Special Collections, and Information Technology units. The Team is responsible for the development and implementation of digital preservation procedures, processes, and workflows for born digital and digitized information created by or donated to Utah State University. The Digital Assets/Accessioning Librarian is primarily responsible for providing technical guidance and support to curators and librarians on the development and implementation of workflows, best practices, and policies associated with the onboarding, appraisal, and ingestion of born digital information, including electronic records, digital objects (text, image, audiovisual), web pages, and datasets. This position will liaise with multiple internal and external stakeholders, including curators, catalogers, systems analysts, vendors, and donors to establish sustainable and cohesive onboarding, evaluating, and ingesting processes for digital file appraisal.

    The Library is especially interested in promoting an environment of diversity and excellence throughout the institution and welcomes candidates committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments.

    Reporting to Head of Digital Initiatives, the position is a 12-month, tenure track faculty appointment with rank as Assistant Librarian. The anticipated start date is February 1, 2020.

    Review of applications will begin on November 25, 2019 and continue until the position has been filled.


    • Investigate and implement scalable processes for onboarding, ingesting, and storing born digital material.
    • Work with the Library's Digital Stewardship Team and Information Technology unit to evaluate and recommend platforms for ingesting, storing, and managing digital assets.
    • Work with the Library's Digital Stewardship Team and Information Technology unit to evaluate and recommend platforms for archiving the University's electronic information, with particular emphasis on University websites, email, and digital records.
    • Contributes to the development of digital preservation workflows including ingesting, managing, file naming, preserving, and storing digital materials.
    • Provide documentation and training for library staff, student workers, and interns for how to successfully follow these processes.
    • Document policies, procedures, and processes for establishing quality control measures to ensure compliance with national and institutional specifications.
    • Provide support to curators and members of the Digital Stewardship Team to identify and prioritize collections for risk, obsolescence, or discoverability, including existing backlogs and imminent digital acquisitions.
    • Participate as part of the professional community to stay up to date on new programs, standards, and developments within the rapidly-growing digital archives field.
    • Serves as a member of the Library's Digital Stewardship Team.
    • Serves as a member of the Library's Digital Preservation Committee.
    • Serves as a member of the Library's Disaster Preparedness and Response Team.


    Required Qualifications:

    • ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library Science, Archival Science, or related field (awarded or near complete).
    • Must possess excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, including effectively communicating technical issues to non-technical staff.
    • Must possess ability to work creatively, flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a service-oriented, dynamic environment.
    • Demonstrated problem solving skills.
    • Demonstrated proficiency working with a variety of digital formats (i.e. image, audio, video, text).
    • Knowledge of archival theory and methodology.
    • Knowledge of current digital preservation strategies, standards, and best practices.
    • Familiarity with national metadata standards and best practices.
    • Familiarity with new and emerging technologies in digital preservation.
    • Familiarity with digital asset management systems.
    • Interest in pursuing ongoing continuing education and certification and working with professional groups in the library and archival field.
    • Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills with meticulous attention to detail.
    • Ability to set and follow through on both individual and team priorities.
    • Ability to meet the university's requirements for promotion and tenure.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Project management experience.
    • Experience in an academic library setting.
    • Experience working with digital asset management systems (such as CONTENTdm or DigitalCommons), archival collection management systems (such as ArchivesSpace), digital preservation platforms (such as Archivematica, Preservica), or web archiving systems (such as Archive-It).
    • Experience working with a digital forensic workstation, including using a forensic writeblocker, creating disk images, operating the BitCurator software and file system and metadata utilities to analyze digital files.
    • Experience evaluating digital files for integrity, authenticity, and possible obsolescence.
    • Experience writing technical and procedural documentation.
    • Member of the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA).
    • Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Certificate from the Society of American Archivists.

    Required Documents

    Along with the online application, please attach:

    1) Resume/CV to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile.

    2) Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application.


    **Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

    Advertised Salary

    Salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits, including an additional annual retirement contribution of 14.2% of salary.


    Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

    College/Department Highlights

    Salary is commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits. Utah State University offers a competitive benefits package, to include medical and dental with a 14.2% retirement contribution by the University, and 22 days/year vacation. The Library provides generous support for professional development and travel.

    • Life and Disability Insurance
    • Health and Dental insurance coverage for the whole family
    • 14.2% of annual earnings are deposited into a 401(a) account, no matching required
    • 22 days per year of paid annual leave
    • 12 days per year of paid sick leave
    • 12 paid holidays per year
    • Free access to an on-campus exercise facility for both employee and family
    • Opportunity for 50% off tuition for both employee and immediate family members
    • Substantial, individual, equipment budget, refreshed every three years, to purchase hardware and tools of your choosing to do your job well
    • Ongoing training and funds to attend seminars, conferences, etc.

    Utah State University is a multi-campus, land-grant institution. Utah State University's campus in Logan is located 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, within easy driving distance of many national parks. The surrounding Wasatch Mountains, including ski resorts, trails, lakes and rivers, place Utah State University in one of the finest outdoor recreational environments in the nation.

    University Highlights

    Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.


    A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


    The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/index.php.


    USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at https://equity.usu.edu/. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.



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