Job Announcement: DU Digital Archivist, Resident Librarian

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Position Summary
The University of Denver Libraries, comprised of the Main Library at the Anderson Academic Commons, the Bonfils Stanton Music Library in the Newman Center, and the off-site Hampden Center storage facility, is a highly collaborative, team-based organization that serves a diverse population, ranging from our students, staff, and faculty to public and other academic patrons from the surrounding region.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Scholarly Communications and Collections Services, the Digital Archivist for University Archives will play a key, collaborative, and critical role, working to create, document, and begin to implement an institutionally specific digital preservation plan for permanently valuable digital university records.

This position will be part of a cross-departmental team in Special Collections and Archives, Digital Collections Services, and Library Technology Services, and will research and begin to implement a digital preservation plan based on current best practices and scoped to the needs and resources of the University. Working closely with both the Curator of Special Collections and Archives and the Digital Collections Librarian, this position will be integrated into the work of both their departments, and develop a plan based on a deep understanding of both archival practice and digital collections work gained from day-to-day experience with both units. This position will also work with the Associate Dean of Scholarly Communications and Collections Services and Dean of Libraries to ensure that they are part of conversations and decision-making (committees, task forces, cross-divisional meetings, etc.) at the divisional and university level that will necessarily factor into digital preservation planning. As a faculty member, the librarian actively engages in scholarly activities through research and publication and participates in professional organizations, as well as library and campus committees.

This three-year contract position is part of the University Libraries Residency Program and provides early-career librarians with professional experience and mentoring in academic librarianship. Designed to engage librarians who are members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, the residency program will give the successful candidate an opportunity to gain the experience and skills necessary to thrive as an academic and research librarian. The University of Denver Libraries is a member of, and is committed to the principles of the Association of College & Research Libraries Diversity Alliance:

Through this program, the successful candidate will attain experience in a range of areas of academic librarianship, gaining understanding of how academic and research libraries operate. The Digital Archivist for University Archives will have the support of the Residency Coordinator who will provide guidance and programming on academic librarianship, research, professional development, and cultural aspects of institutions of higher education. As a member of the University Libraries Faculty, the librarian will have the opportunity to serve on library and university committees and teams and will be provided funding and support to engage professionally at the regional and national level. Funding will be the same as other Assistant Professors and additional funding will be made available to attend ACRL Residency training/events.

Appointment will be made at the level of Visiting Assistant Professor, non-tenure track. At the end of the residency period, there may be an option, if it is mutually agreed by the candidate and the University of Denver Libraries administration, to be considered for a multi-year faculty contract as an Assistant Professor in the University Libraries faculty series, pending budget and position availability.

Minimum Qualifications

ALA-accredited library and information science masters degree or equivalent (candidate receiving a degree by June 2022 are eligible).

Candidate must be an early-career librarian (graduated in or after 2019).

Demonstrated knowledge, ability and potential to engage effectively with culturally-diverse communities.

Preferred Qualifications
Ability to clearly articulate career objectives within academic librarianship.

Experience in an archival or cultural heritage setting. This could include library school practicum, independent study, volunteer, or similar experience.

Experience with library management systems, ArchivesSpace, or other archives or library collection management systems. This experience could be within the context of a graduate-level course.

Experience with digital curation software, such as: Archivematica, BitCurator, Archive-It, Webrecorder, Preservica. This experience could be within the context of a graduate-level course.

Evidence of, or articulated interest in, developing skills that support the mission and strategic goals of the University of Denver Libraries.

Tenure StatusNon-Tenure Track

Special Instructions
to Applicants

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Candidates are encouraged to reach out to the Residency Program Coordinator, Elia Trucks,, to gather further information about the position, the community, and the University. Please see this calendar for more information. 

Recruitment Range

$60,000 – $65,000

Job Open Date12/07/2021

For Best Consideration Date

02/07/2022, 4p

Open Until Filled


Type of Appointment
Time Limited

Time Limited Duration

3 Years

Number of Months per Year



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