Government Archives, Information Technology, Special Collections
The Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) seeks a motivated, detail-oriented Digital Assets Archivist to work in the department’s Digital Assets Section. Responsible for digitizing and making accessible a wide variety of historical materials at the ADAH, the Digital Assets Section is actively engaged in prioritizing historical records that give voice to previously underrepresented groups. In June 2020, the ADAH issued a Statement of Recommitment to inclusive history.
The Digital Assets Archivist will work in all aspects of digital collections work, which can include scanning historical materials and creating descriptive metadata; training students and volunteers in scanning work; representing the section in cooperative digitization projects; assisting with the administration of digitization projects by overseeing the metadata workflow; and promoting the ADAH and its programs through presentations, tours, and other outreach activities. This is a full-time position and includes state benefits.
Position duties: • Digitizes historical materials and creates appropriate and accurate metadata for them. • Checks and edits metadata created by staff and volunteers. • Uploads and manages materials in the department’s digital collections using software such as CONTENTdm. • Trains students and volunteers in scanning and transcription work. • Follows section policies and procedures to ensure tasks are completed correctly and efficiently. • Follows local and national cataloging and metadata standards. • Works collaboratively with digital project members to ensure that projects proceed according to specified objectives. • Provides reference assistance to researchers about digital collections. • Promotes the ADAH and its collections through outreach activities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: • Familiarity with digital content management systems. • Knowledge of current digitization and metadata standards and best practices. • Knowledge of and/or experience with descriptive standards and tools such as Dublin Core, RDA, DACS, LCSH, LCNAF, Cataloger’s Desktop, and Classification Web. • Knowledge of strategies and best practices for digital object creation, curation, delivery and preservation. • Knowledge of digital preservation best practices and standards. • Ability to read cursive handwriting. • Organizational and time management skills. • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, in teams that encompass a broad range of roles and knowledge. • Evidence of commitment to the archival profession by memberships and participation in professional associations. • Strong written and verbal communication skills. • Computer skills, including knowledge of programs used to process text, create presentations, formulate infographics, and manage database information. Ability to pick up new computer skills quickly. • Ability to lift and carry boxes weighing up to 50 pounds.
2. After applying to State Personnel, submit the following documents via email to firstname.lastname@example.org: • Cover letter (including availability details and any salary requirements) • Resume • Academic transcripts (may be unofficial) • Copy of application submitted to the State Personnel Department • List of professional references, including contact information
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in history, political science, government or a related field PLUS
Two graduate level courses in archival administration OR
One year’s professional experience in archival or records management work.
A valid driver’s license.
Internal Number: 30430
About Alabama Dept. of Archives and History
Founded in 1901, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) is a multi-faceted state history agency. It serves as the official state archives of Alabama, the state’s historical museum, a special collections library, a center for state history education, and the records management agency for state and local governments. The Department also offers professional support services for local history-related organizations across Alabama and directly provides a wide variety of educational, research, and public programs. Now in its second century of service, the ADAH is mindful of its obligation to preserve the records of its past and to serve the information needs of future generations of researchers.