Job Posting: Digital Archivist, Museum of Fine Arts Houston


  • Serves as main software administrator for Preservica, ingesting digital materials, importing metadata, and running migration workflows
  • Responsible for the MFAH Archives digitization program of textual, photographic, architectural, and audio-visual materials
  • Oversees digitization of archival materials, creates and color-corrects sub-masters, and creates access copies
  • Primarily responsible for the acquisition and maintenance of legacy equipment
  • Responsible for description of a/v and photo collections
  • Responsible for the exportation of data from collection management system
  • Will assist with migration of EAD finding aids
  • Monitors digitization and ingestion workflows
  • Keeps abreast of best practices and standards
  • Provides training to staff and volunteer
  • Provides reference service to professional staff and scholarly public
  • Assists with processing of analog records and manuscript collections.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of image technical metadata required
  • Knowledge of a/v wrappers and codecs required
  • Strong command of archival theory and best practices required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles of content description
  • Demonstrated familiarity with MARC, EAD and DACS required
  • Demonstrated familiarity with OAIS Reference model and TRAC principles required
  • Significant knowledge of ingestion and preservation tools for born-digital records, specifically disk imaging tools, write blockers, file format authenticators, metadata extractors, and checksum generators
  • Demonstrated ability to work with databases, data mapping and migration of data
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to think creatively required
  • Familiarity with PREMIS
  • Knowledge of emerging standards such as linked data and semantic web development, specifically FAST, highly desirable
  • Familiarity with RDA, EAC-CPF and METS preferred

Education and Experience:

  • Masters in Archival Studies, Library and Info Science, History or equivalent degree required
  • Two or more years of professional archival experience with similar duties required
  • Experience overseeing digitization and volunteer projects strongly preferred
  • Experience writing documentation and conducting presentations and training strongly preferred
  • Experience validating EAD finding aids strongly preferred
  • Experience with born-digital records archiving and trustworthy digital repository strongly preferred
  • Experience with developing, utilizing and documenting workflows strongly preferred
  • Experience acquiring and maintaining legacy equipment for accessing obsolete a/v and digital formats strongly preferred
  • Art history background strongly preferred. Experience in museum setting highly desirable.
  • DAS coursework highly desirable
  • Experience providing reference service and processing records preferred
  • ACA certification preferred

How to Apply:
Send resume to Human Resources, Job 16-144ARC, P.O. Box 6826, Houston TX 77265-6826; Fax 713-639-7597 or email: or apply at

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