Opening: Digital Preservation Officer/Librarian at University of Alberta Library

The University of Alberta Libraries, with a long tradition of service excellence to the University and its communities, seeks a dynamic individual to take responsibility for its Digital Preservation program. Within the framework of the academic plan and the University of Alberta Libraries’ strategic collections directions and digital initiatives, the Digital Preservation Officer/Librarian is responsible for all aspects of internal preservation operations and representing the Libraries on external preservation partnerships. The Digital Preservation Officer/Librarian maintains and shares expertise on digital preservation with the University of Alberta Libraries, the University community, and the professional community of practice.

Reporting to the Digital Initiatives Coordinator and working within a cross-portfolio team setting, the Digital Preservation Officer/Librarian will be responsible for digital preservation operations including risk assessment and contingency planning; budgeting, policy and procedure development; compliance with and ongoing audit for requirements to achieve and maintain Trusted Digital Repository (TDR) status; assessment of preservation initiatives and progress; communications supporting digital preservation; and consultation services for digital preservation within the University of Alberta scholarly community and externally with other institutions engaged in similar projects.

The University of Alberta Libraries is Canada’s second largest research library, with a collection exceeding seven million titles and ten million volumes. The Libraries has a unique relationship with the broader community through NEOS, a central Alberta consortium consisting of 18 government, hospital, college and university libraries and through The Alberta Library. The Libraries also has a partnership with OCLC for cataloguing of materials. For more information, visit our web-site at

Qualifications include a minimum of four years post-secondary education in a relevant field; an MLS degree from an accredited library school is desired. The successful candidate will have at least 3 to 5 years experience relevant to digital preservation in a research or academic setting; superior ability to analyze, assess, and find creative preservation and archiving solutions in a complex and dynamic academic environment; and demonstrated skills in project planning and implementation of complex technologies. Applicants must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to facilitate work in a collaborative team setting and effectively communicate with colleagues in the library as well as within the broader scholarly community.

This is an academic position with a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Academic staff members at the University of Alberta participate in a generous benefits program.

To apply, please include your resume and the names of three references. Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

How to Apply
Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

Kathleen De Long
Associate University Librarian
Cameron Library
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2J8
Fax (780) 492-8302

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

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