Digital Archivist, UC Berkeley Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Digital Archivist
The Bancroft Library
Hiring range: Associate Librarian – Librarian
$73,751 – $88,871 per annum, based on qualifications

This is a full-time permanent appointment available starting August 1, 2019 The University of California, Berkeley, is seeking a Digital Archivist to support the born-digital archives program in The Bancroft Library. This is a full-time permanent appointment. The successful candidate will have experience working with analog and born-digital archival materials; experience working with archival technologies; demonstrated experience appraising and providing original description of archival materials; knowledge of metadata standards; strong analytical, documentation, and communication skills; experience interfacing and coordinating with IT staff; and experience working with tools and systems in a special collections environment.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at the nation’s premier public university. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 30,574 undergraduate students, 11,336 graduate students, and 1,525 faculty. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries, including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, The Bancroft Library, the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, and numerous subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 12 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with the collections and build their research skills. Discover more about the Library through our website at is external)

The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of rare materials in the West. Its holdings include more than 690,000 volumes, 175 million manuscript items, 9 million photographs and other pictorial materials, 86,000 microforms, 4.3 million digital files, and 25,000 maps, as well as numerous other categories of unique material. The two largest collections are the Bancroft Collection of Western and Latin Americana and the Rare Books Collection. The archival and rare book materials of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life are also part of the Bancroft holdings. The Bancroft is home to three research groups: the Oral History Center (formerly the Regional Oral History Office); the Mark Twain Papers; and the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri. The Bancroft Library is an active center of teaching and research. Supporting the programs of about 30 campus departments annually, it mounts a regular series of public exhibitions, roundtable lectures, and open houses. For additional information about The Bancroft Library and its collections, see: is external)


The Digital Archivist will be responsible for supporting the born-digital archives program within the Technical Services Division of The Bancroft Library. Responsibilities include:

  • Developing procedures and workflows for archival appraisal, accessioning, processing, preserving, and providing access to born-digital material
  • Appraising and providing original description for born-digital and hybrid archival collections
  • Assessing emerging technologies and implementing and applying tools used in the special collections and archival communities, e.g., FTK, ePADD, BitCurator
  • Coordinating closely with Library IT on technical implementations and the development of born-digital archival workflows for The Bancroft Library to ensure their smooth integration with broader

Library systems

The Digital Archivist will report to the Head of Archival Processing and oversee the work of student library employees as needed. The Digital Archivist will work in consultation with Bancroft curators, public services staff, acquisitions staff, other archivists, and Library IT staff, as well as donors and researchers. The Digital Archivist will work collaboratively with Library IT staff in implementing and applying archival technologies that support Bancroft born-digital archival processing operations. UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.


Minimum Basic Qualification(s) at time of application:

  • Advanced degree

Additional Required Qualifications by start date in position:

  • Two or more years working with archival materials
  • Two or more years experience working with archival tools and technologies
  • Two or more years experience processing archival materials

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution program or equivalent international degree
  • Two or more years appraising, accessioning, processing, preserving, and providing access to born- digital archives, and hybrid collections
  • Knowledge of archival content, structure, and preservation metadata standards including MARC, EAD, DACS, MODS, PREMIS, etc.
  • One or more years experience with project management• One or more years experience coordinating with IT staff
  • Knowledge of workflow design, assessment, and process improvement
  • Knowledge of FTK, ePADD, and/or BitCurator
  • Demonstrated analytic, documentation, and communication skills

The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity. UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit. Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, vacation leave, sick leave, and all other benefits granted non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

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Applications must include the names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s qualifications for this position. References will only be contacted for individuals under serious consideration.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Send inquiries to:
Susan E. Wong
Director, Library Human Resources

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