Job Posting: Digital Archivist – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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Responsibilities:

• The Digital Archivist is responsible for the MFAH Archives digitization program of textual, photographic, architectural, and audio-visual materials

• The Digital Archivist serves on the Electronic Record Archive implementation team

• 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 collection

• Responsible for the exportation of data from collection management system.

• Will assist with migration of EAD finding aids

• Assists with the accessioning, arrangement and description of the MFAH´s institutional records and manuscript collections in electronic form

• 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


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

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