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Digital Collections Archivist

  • The American University in Cairo
  • 01/17/20
  • Egypt
  • Full-Time
The American University in Cairo's Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL) seeks an innovative, energetic, and collaborative individual to fill the position of Digital Collections Archivist. The position holder plays a leadership role in the RBSCL's digital initiatives, in connection with its mission to provide access to collections documenting Egypt's heritage and AUC's 100-year history. The position holder reports to the University Archivist and supervises the RBSCL's digitization staff.

The Digital Collections Archivist builds and promotes access to digital collections. This includes managing the digitization of archival material (in a variety of formats: documents, photographs, maps, videos, etc.) and the intake of born-digital items (donated, accessioned, or generated in-house like audio oral histories), and ensuring preservation of digital assets. The position holder establishes appropriate workflows and metadata standards, guiding the staff in the RBSCL Digitization Center and collaborating with University Archives personnel and RBSCL curators.

Responsibilities include managing the Rare Books and Special Collections Digital Library for Egyptian and AUC heritage material (CONTENTdm platform), AUC's digital repository for student scholarship and ETDs and faculty and university publications (currently transitioning to Digital Commons from a DSpace platform), the ArchivesSpace archives information management system, and RBSCL's Web Archive (Archive-It subscription service). Outreach duties include coordinating the RBSCL's website and social media presence, and engaging with AUC faculty and students and outside researchers and institutions.

The candidate must have an ALA-accredited MLS, or an MA degree in history or related field with an archival studies component; at least two years of experience in digital archives work, including managing digitizing projects and working with digital collection management software (CONTENTdm preferred); experience working with institutional repositories (Digital Commons, DSpace preferred); Excellent knowledge of digital curation practices, digital preservation and metadata description standards, and emerging technologies and developments in the field; Ability to manage archival collection management systems (preferably ArchivesSpace) and knowledge of archival description standards; supervisory experience (preferably in an academic library environment); excellent oral and written English and presentation skills. Experience in a multicultural environment is highly desirable.

Additional Information:
This is a Faculty appointment at the rank of Instructor. The position will remain open until filled. Preferred starting date is Spring 2020.

Application Instructions:
All applicants must submit the following documents through the online system:
a) a current CV, b) a letter of interest, c) a completed Personnel Information Form; and d) at least three reference letters from referees familiar with your professional background sent directly to


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