Digital Archivist

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Work type: Full-time Faculty
Location: Macon, GA
Categories: Library

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Digital Archivist


Tarver Library

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The successful candidate will coordinate digital access and preservation efforts for the University Library (Tarver Library/Macon, Swilley Library/Atlanta, and multiple Regional Academic Center locations). The primary duties include:

  • Aiding the Assistant Dean for Archives and Digital Initiatives in the effective planning, delivery, and assessment of digital resources via the University's institutional repository, URSA (
  • Working with other ADI staff to establish policies, priorities, and procedures for digitization; participating in departmental reference, instruction, and outreach activities.
  • Working with colleagues across the Library, including the Institutional Repository Development Committee, to develop and promote digital collections to faculty, students, and other partners.
  • Providing leadership in areas of digital preservation, web preservation, and research data sets ("big data") for the Archives and its University constituents.
  • Effectively leveraging available social media and other platforms to positively impact the Library‚Äôs online presence.
  • Supervising student assistants in digitization projects.

This position will be located at the Jack Tarver Library on the Macon campus. Some travel to other campuses will be required. We anticipate a start date after March 1, 2019.

Mercer offers a strong benefits package, including tuition waiver program for employees and dependents, and 22 vacation days plus University holidays. This 12-month, non-tenure track position carries faculty rank in the University Library. Library faculty members participate in library-wide planning and governance, work in a shared decision-making environment, and are active in professional organizations and University-wide initiatives.  

Who We Are: The Mercer University Library ( offers strong collections of print and electronic resources and a talented library staff serving 1,600 university employees and over 8,500 students. Mercer is the only independent university of its size to offer programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, education, law, medicine, music, nursing, pharmacy, and theologyFor more information, visit


Required Qualifications:

  1. Master's degree from a graduate school of library and information science accredited by the American Library Association (or foreign equivalent) or a master's degree in archival management or history; degree must be received by December 31, 2018.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of metadata and archival standards and applications (e.g., EAD, XML, Dublin Core, BitCurator, etc.).
  3. Experience with audio-visual equipment and digitizing media from analog formats.
  4. Experience with document scanning and accepted standards.
  5. Demonstrated capacity to adapt to changing technologies and maintain a current technical skillset.
  6. Knowledge of relevant social media services and effective deployment within an archives setting.
  7. Demonstrated enthusiasm for customer service.
  8. Evidence of collaboration and strong written and oral communication skills.
  9. Evidence of skills in coordinating projects, managing multiple tasks, and attention to detail.
  10. Evidence of commitment for professional growth and development and the potential to meet the criteria for promotion in rank.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Evidence of successful supervisory experience.
  2. Experience with DSpace as a repository platform.
  3. Two years of professional experience with digital, multimedia, or print archives.
Background Check

Selection of the final candidate is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Pay Rate

Salary and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience.

Required Documents

Applications eligible for review will include (1) letter of application specifically addressing the qualifications for the position, (2) resume/CV, and (3) contact information for three professional references.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications received before December 7, 2018, will receive first consideration.

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