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Digital Preservation Librarian

Position Details

Classification Information

University Title Librarian I - 2260
Pay Grade 35
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Base of Employment P - P&S
Job Category Professional and Scientific
Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 70588P
Working Title Digital Preservation Librarian
Advertised Employing Department University Library
Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Term
Proposed Start Date As soon as possible
Proposed End Date or Length of Term Three years from start date
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Iowa State University Library is seeking a Digital Preservation Librarian for a 3-year term position. This position will provide expertise and coordinate efforts to develop a digital preservation program safeguarding the Iowa State University Library’s local digital assets, both born digital and converted, including electronic records, digital objects (text, image, audiovisual), web pages, and datasets. The Digital Preservation Librarian, at a level of Librarian I or II, will assess the state of our digital preservation activities, identify collection priorities, and create and maintain policies, procedures, workflows, and strategies for sustainable digital preservation and access practices. The Librarian will also work with the Iowa Regent Libraries to develop the groundwork for collaborative/shared digital preservation efforts, and represent the university in matters concerning digital preservation at the local, national and international level.

A Librarian I will explore, show interest in and have potential for institutional service and external professional activities. In addition to the above, a Librarian II will be able to demonstrate, through evidence, increasing skills and leadership potential.

Important attributes will include how to plan, organize, set and achieve goals. Having the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate will be essential to success, as the candidate will be working alongside the department to achieve this goal. The candidate will also need to embrace the Library’s core values, demonstrate collegiality, and have strong commitment to public service and the land grant mission.

ISU students, staff, and faculty strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Library staff must embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people, and diverse perspectives.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree and related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

Librarian I: Master’s degree and related experience.

Librarian II: Master’s degree and 3 years of related experience.

The level of degree for either position must be in Library and Information Science or an advanced degree in a related disciplinary field with experience and/or training in digital preservation.

Preferred Education and Experience

Experience planning, implementing and managing a digital preservation program with knowledge of strategies, current trends, standards and best practices, policy development, and issues associated with digital preservation.

Working knowledge or experience of intellectual property rights and metadata standards as they pertain to digital preservation.

Demonstrated strong technical expertise or experience with a wide array of digital objects in a library or cultural heritage organization.

Working knowledge or experience of digital preservation tools and services such as Bitcurator, Archivematica, Archive-It, and DPN.

Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information

The Guaranteed Consideration Date has been extended.

This is non-tenure, non-faculty position.
Iowa State University is a premier land grant institution located in Ames in the heart of Iowa. Ames celebrates all four seasons and activities to accompany each of them. Ski venues, golf courses, aquatic centers and orchards are plentiful. Ames has over 30 parks (encompassing 750 acres), 13 park shelters, dog parks and miles of bicycle and walking trails. As of the 2010 Census, the Ames population was nearly 59,000, and in 2014, CNN Money placed Ames at no. 8 on the list of top 50 best small cities in the country. Ranked no. 4 on the list of 100 Smartest Cities in America Study, no surprise that Ames and surrounding school districts are recognized nationally for quality education, low teacher-student ratios, and reading and math proficiency.
Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation, ISU is one of three Iowa Regent’s institutions. Over 16,000 employees serve a population of over 34,000 students. Iowa State is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the University Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA). Librarians teach the required-for-graduation Library 160 course, have subject responsibility in all college course areas and are readily available to assist students, faculty and staff with research pursuits.
The campus boasts amenities like Art on Campus, a collection of over 2,000 works of public art, including Grant Wood’s largest murals located in Parks Library and many pieces by Sticks, Inc., founded by renowned artist and Ames native Sarah Grant. lists the William Robert Parks and Ellen Sorge Parks Library at no. 16 on the list of the 50 Most Amazing College Libraries.
Visit the City of Ames, Iowa State University and the University Library for additional information.

Department Contact Name Hilary Deike
Department Contact Phone 515-294-0443
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary
Guaranteed Consideration Date 02/18/2018
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this vacancy?
    • ISU Employment Opportunities Website
    • ISU Employee
    • Website
    • Placement Office
    • Trade Journal
    • Newspaper
    • HERC Website
    • LinkedIN
    • Facebook
    • CareerBuilder
  2. Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Identify and describe two of the legal and/or ethical challenges of digital preservation. Mention any applicable laws or legal concepts in your answer. (max 300 words)

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * 2Describe a situation where you had to learn new technologies and a situation where you had to learn new concepts. How did you go about learning these and how did you know when you had learned enough? (max 300 words)

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents