Library Fellow for Digital Archives, MIT Libraries, Cambridge MA

The Library Fellows Program was created to provide exceptional, early‐career library professionals the opportunity to contribute to program areas of distinction and strategic priority in a dynamic academic research library. Fellows will work with and learn from colleagues who are recognized leaders in developing programs which serve the expanding needs of this world‐class institution as well as contributing to the wider academic community. Library Fellows will have the opportunity to expand their skills and experience in ways that position them to excel and lead in the research library profession. Applications are invited for this two‐year position, with a start date planned for fall of 2014.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Reporting to the Digital Archivist, the activities of this position will expand and build upon already established foundations of our digital archives program. Work will provide opportunities to collaborate with Curation and Preservation Services; the Office of Scholarly Publishing, Copyright and Licensing; Information Technology and Discovery Services; Digital Library Application Development; Collections Strategy and Management; as well as the Digital Sustainability Lab. Potential activities include:

• Workflow analysis, implementation, and documentation related to digital archives management, building on existing work and addressing gaps;
• Resource acquisition/ingest and issue resolution around file authentication, access and intellectual property rights restrictions, etc.
• Assisting with analysis, understanding, and implementation of tools for processing and managing digital archives (ex. ArchivesSpace, Curator's WorkBench (UNC), BitCurator, Archivematica) and the tools' interactions with other software and systems.

Specific position/project responsibilities will be more fully developed early in the appointment, based on the strengths and opportunities presented by the appointee.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have an ALA‐accredited MLS/MLIS or an advanced degree in a relevant subject/field received within the past two years and an articulated special interest in and foundation for gaining expertise in digital archives. In addition we are seeking candidates with: a demonstrated understanding of and interest in the mission of academic libraries; evidence of self‐directed learning and adaptability; facility in the use of technologies, and experience and interest in exploring emerging technologies; excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and to work successfully with a diverse population; strong communication skills and the ability to write and document clearly; demonstrated good judgment in priority setting; demonstrated initiative and an innovative spirit; demonstrated ability to be flexible and tolerate ambiguity; the potential for success working in a fast‐paced, dynamic environment; commitment to professional growth and contribution; and, leadership potential as confirmed by references. Applicants must be eligible, without requiring MIT sponsorship, to work immediately in the U.S. for a two‐year period.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: $53,500 minimum annual salary. MIT offers excellent benefits including a choice of health, dental and vision plans, a retirement plan, and tuition assistance. Fellows will be provided a modest relocation allowance. An annual allowance will be provided for professional development with additional funds available for skill development as appropriate.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Apply online at: Applications must include cover letter (speaking to interest in a career in academic libraries as well as specific skills, interest in program area as defined), résumé, and contact information for three references. References may include library faculty, supervisors, mentors, etc. - individuals who can speak to potential for success as Library Fellow. Full consideration will be given to applications received by May 12, 2014 for this and a second position (Library Fellow for Research Data Management).

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