Sponsored Project Archivist, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Applications due May 1st

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) seek candidates with archival and disciplinary experience to manage the digitization of NSIDC’s historical print glacier photograph collection. Funded by a grant from the Council on Library & Information Resources Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Program, the position is an 18 month lecturer appointment to begin as soon as May 2016.

The Project Archivist (PA) will work with librarians, archivists, scientists, graduate students, a project consultant, and a vendor to manage the digitization of approximately 9,000 historical images of glaciated regions. Digitization work will be outsourced, and a significant amount of the project will involve assigning technical and descriptive metadata to the images. The PA will work with staff in the Libraries and NSIDC to make the images available in the University of Colorado Digital Library (https://content.cu.edu/digitallibrary/) and the NSIDC Glacier Photograph Database (http://nsidc.org/data/glacier_photo/search/).

This is an opportunity to contribute to a one-of-a-kind project that will provide access to priceless images of the earth’s frozen regions. It will require enthusiasm, attention to detail, problem solving, and the ability to see the larger concept of how users may access and use these images.

The salary is $52,000.  Benefits include university group health care plans.

Responsibilities include:

1)      Preparing images for digitization. This will require detailed inventorying and careful handling of images that range in size from 4”x5” to 10”x15” and date back to the 1850s.
2)      Working with vendor to ensure quality digital images that meet researcher needs and Federal Agency Digitization Guideline Initiative (FADGI) criteria.
3)      Providing descriptive and technical metadata to each item and publishing in two online databases. Each image will need to be consulted for metadata, and some may need to be researched for geospatial information (graduate students will assist with geospatial information).
4)      Communicating effectively with project stakeholders, solving problems and making decisions both collaboratively and independently.
5)      Attending conferences (with some financial support) and assisting in generating awareness of the collection.


Please address each of these qualifications in your application materials:

  • An ALA-accredited Master’s of Library and/or Information Science or equivalent education or work experience.
  • Demonstrated interest, enthusiasm, and/or knowledge of topics in fields such as geology, glaciology, climatology, environmental science, history of exploration and/or photography, land management and national parks, and related disciplines.
  • Ability to see “the big picture” of how metadata enables discovery.
  • Demonstrated experience or education in archival practices.
  • Experience with metadata standards (e.g., Dublin Core, MODS, METS, MARC, EAD).
  • Experience working on complex projects with many stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work and solve problems both independently and collaboratively.

Desirable Qualifications

Evidence of any of the following will enhance a candidacy:

  • Experience managing digital projects, particularly those involving historical photographs.
  • Significant experience developing metadata for digital objects.
  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in earth or environmental sciences.
  • Certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists.
  • Experience working with earth or environmental scientists.

Application Process: 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted by May 1, 2016 in order to receive full consideration.  Application must be made online at CU Careers (posting 04684) and must include a letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position; CV or resume; and names with postal addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three references. Questions may be directed to Dylan Wiersma, Search Coordinator, at Dylan.Wiersma@Colorado.EDU.

Direct Link for Posting: https://cu.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=04684&lang=en&sns_id=mailto#.Vwa67RaSbuo.mailto

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin. The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ada@colorado.edu. In addition, the University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

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