Assistant or Associate Professor - Digital Archivist

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Working Title:

Assistant or Associate Professor - Digital Archivist


University Libraries-0905

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Description of Work:

The University Libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) seeks a Digital Archivist to lead the Archives & Special Collections unit’s strategies for the capture and long-term stewardship of digital archival resources.

Working in close collaboration with faculty and staff in Archives & Special Collections, the Digital Archivist will provide expertise for the evaluation and implementation of systems and processes for the long-term management of born-digital archival records. Additionally, the Digital Archivist will support cross-unit initiatives to steward digital assets and the continued development and use of collection management systems for archival collections.

The Digital Archivist joins the UNL Libraries at a time of change and renewal. Initially reporting to the Interim Chair of Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, this person will be engaged in the Libraries’ strategic plan and its objective to invest in digital content programs. More specifically, the Digital Archivist will be a key team member in the next-stage development of a robust digital archiving and preservation program.

Librarians in the University Libraries have faculty status; the successful candidate will be hired at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure/tenure-leading).

The University Libraries creates and fosters inclusive environments for teaching, learning, scholarship, creative expression, and civic engagement. The ability to find, access, evaluate, utilize, and create reliable information resources is central to higher education, the public good, and achieving equity and justice. Libraries faculty are empowered to provide an array of library services, collections, and spaces to meet the diverse needs of students, faculty, and researchers. The Libraries is committed to providing financial and other support for faculty professional development and travel. The Digital Archivist will undertake their efforts with attention to how social and structural biases and inequalities are manifest in development and accessibility of archival records.

ResponsibilitiesWorking cooperatively with colleagues in the Archives & Special Collections, Libraries IT, data research, and related areas in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, the Digital Archivist will:

  • Preserve and make accessible digital content of lasting legal, historical, evidential, research, or administrative value.
  • Review and analyze digital content to determine archival value and long-term storage and access plans.
  • Utilize digital forensics tools to retrieve data from a variety of storage media.
  • Provide expert advice about digital preservation, digitization and reformatting, and metadata to the Libraries and the campus communities.
  • Develop policies and procedures that enable and promote responsible stewardship of digital archives by applying commons standards and best practices.
  • Manage information systems to acquire, describe, preserve, and provide access to Archives & Special Collections’ holdings.
  • Train and mentor student employees to perform entry-level tasks involving born-digital or digitized materials.
  • Actively engage in anti-racist work to advance inclusive excellence and redress systemic inequities.
  • Contribute to the knowledgebase of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement in line with a tenured faculty appointment.
  • Participate in library, university, and professional service activities.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution with a concentration in Archives or an equivalent combination of education and experience in digital preservation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice.
  • Knowledge of metadata and digital preservation standards such as DACS, EAD, Dublin Core, MARC, PREMIS, and OAIS.
  • Experience with tools and systems for acquiring, preserving, and providing access to born-digital and digitized materials.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and support for a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three or more years of relevant professional experience.
  • Demonstration of professional involvement and evidence of scholarly activity.
  • Experience in an archival repository in a research library setting.
  • Experience with relevant software, such as BitCurator, Rosetta, Preservica, Archive-It, or ArchivesSpace.
  • Progress toward Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Certificate from Society of American Archivists.

Criminal History Background Check Required:


How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. Cover Letter.
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
In your cover letter, please be sure to directly address all minimum required qualifications. We are open to a broad range of ways and contexts in which candidates might demonstrate how they meet these qualifications. For example, while candidates might document their demonstrated commitment, experience, and knowledge through work activities—including in positions outside of libraries—they might also speak to coursework, community service, participation in cultural or other organizations, and involvement with student groups, among other possibilities. Cover letters must also include a description from the applicant that speaks to how their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion could be integrated into this position.

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Traci Robison, Search Committee Chair
[email protected]

Job Category (old):

Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

Job Type:

12 Month (Faculty Only)

Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding?:



Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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