Summary of Duties: The Washington State University Libraries invites applications for Digital Projects Archivist, a full-time, 12-month, grant-funded, 2-year temporary position with the possibility of extension, located on the Pullman campus. This position reports to the Associate Dean of Digital Initiatives and Special Collections. Start date is targeted for January 2018.
As a part of a larger team comprised of personnel from the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC) and Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections at Washington State University, this position will support the digital workflow and lifecycle of digital materials in on-going CDSC projects and provide support for digital platforms including, but not limited to: Mukurtu CMS, Scalar, Omeka, CONTENTdm and WordPress. The Digital Projects Archivist will work directly with faculty, students and staff on projects that vary in scale and scope related to curating collections, providing culturally appropriate access to collections, and producing widely available resources for teaching, research and scholarship in the University. This position will play a leading role in supporting the Plateau Peoples' Web Portal (Portal) in all aspects of the Portal project initiatives including 1) providing instructional support for tribal community users, community members, and institutional partners, 2) overseeing metadata creation, 3) updating and managing ingest of digital content from multiple institutions, 4) delivering training and support resources (online and in person) for the collaborative curation process and 5) assisting tribal staff with added content creation from digitized materials. The Digital Projects Archivist will be an integral part of the team at the CDSC and will work on grant-funded and ongoing projects.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Digital Projects Archivist:
Work with faculty, staff and students at the CDSC to support digitization projects.
Work with Portal representatives, CDSC staff and constituents to select primary sources for digitization, create and update metadata, and stage content for ingestion, improving and extending the Portals' features and functionality to best serve community needs. This includes planning, testing, troubleshooting, and soliciting user feedback.
Support Portal users in all aspects of Portal workflow. This includes creating and updating support articles and videos targeted at end users, virtual and on-site instruction, training and support services.
Troubleshoot user needs in person or by phone, email, and web conferencing platforms.
Provide CDSC users, partners and stakeholders from a diverse range of institutions with introductions to the digital platforms. This includes in person and remote sessions.
Assist in the creation of secondary resources for tribal content including audio, video and multimedia.
Project management including: scheduling trainings, large meetings, and site visits with multiple stakeholders; producing project reports; maintaining schedule of activities to ensure project meets deadlines.
Local, regional, and national travel for general digitization and platform training and to work directly with partner organizations/projects.
Work to extend the Portal by adding, testing and deploying new features as a part of a larger development and support team.
Supervise and manage student workers.
Provide reference assistance at the WSU Libraries.
Collaborate with various units and departments at WSU to create resources for the Portal including, but not limited to: Native Programs, College of Education, Academic Outreach and Innovation and the Digital Technology and Culture Program.
Scholarship, Service, & Professional Development:
Participate in faculty governance and service as a library faculty member.
Conduct research for publications and presentations in areas of library and information science and other scholarly subjects.
Engage in library-wide initiatives as appropriate.
Maintain current awareness of content management technologies, trends on digital curation and Library Information Systems by reading professional literature, participating in professional organizations and committees, and attending workshops, institutes, seminars and conferences at local, state, regional, national and international levels.
Share with CDSC, library and WSU colleagues and department faculty and staff relevant knowledge gained from professional activities and use that knowledge to improve information systems operations and knowledge in the libraries.
Required Qualifications: Masters degree from an American Library Association accredited Library and Information Studies program at date of hire. Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, organizational, problem-solving and planning skills. Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues. Ability to work with diverse sets of stakeholders.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximate...ly 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus. With a new President (Dr. Kirk Schulz began as the University’s 11th president in June 2016) and a new Vice President of Finance and Administration (Stacy Pearson started in March 2017); the University community is energized and excited.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with its Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.