Opening: Digital Archivist at Purdue University


The Digital Archivist is responsible for the scanning activities of Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections (ASC) materials and creation of corresponding metadata. Acts as the resource person for ASC regarding best practices for managing donated digital materials. Organizes the metadata for compound objects to facilitate their loading into CONTENTdm. Composes descriptions as needed for digital objects and submits the descriptions to the archivist for review and approval. Performs quality control for items scanned by outside vendors for ASC. Performs custom scanning upon request. This position also processes collections of all format types by arranging, preserving, and writing finding aids using DACS.

Coordinates permission to publish requests for ASC materials, scanning requests, uploading of digital files, and metadata creation and maintenance with the Libraries Digitization Unit. Coordinates the processing and preservation of program materials and maintains the database and webpage. Supervises student workers and also monitors the transcription process. Prepares and maintains ASC web pages, video productions and other media in support of the mission of the Archives and Special Collections unit. Provide research and reference assistance to users of Archives & Special Collections material. Monitors Reading Room researchers, and explains and enforces ASC policies and procedures. Will assist in designing exhibits for ASC.



  • ALA accredited MLS, or MA in a related field.
  • One year of experience in a library, archives, or museum; processing archival collections and writing finding aid using DACS; encoding archival finding aids in EAD; application of metadata content and metadata structure standards relevant to the archival control of digital objects (EAD, Dublin Core, MODS).
  • Understanding of copyright and rights management issues.
  • Knowledge of best practices for the arrangement, description, and preservation of photographic collections.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital file formats and related preservation standards.
  • Knowledge of digital asset management software such as CONTENTdm and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Knowledge of XML, CSS, and other web standards; Familiarity with graphic design principles.
  • Familiarity with archival collections management systems or databases, such as Archivists Toolkit or Archon.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, design, and mount exhibits.
  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

Additional Information:

  • A background check will be required for employment in this position.
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Fidelity Contribution Waiting Period.
  • Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer.
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