Director of Archival Operations

Posted to IASSIST on: 2006-10-16

Employer: Harvard University

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Reporting to the Associate Director of the Harvard-MIT Data Center, this position is responsible for establishing the next generation of best practices for digital data archiving and for the general management of the expanding Murray Research Archive(MRA). Provide technical and administrative leadership for the success of key digital preservation infrastructure; perform substantial research in archival best practices; contribute significantly to the development of new international best practices and standards; develop plans, policies, and procedures related to these standards; and manage, train, and mentor MRA staff in archiving standards and practices. Represent the MRA to other groups within IQSS and Harvard, and to other institutions–evangelizing best archival practice, providing public outreach through presentations and participation in leading preservation bodies and conferences, and managing the operation of multi-year/multi-institution archival projects. Responsible for identifying and pursuing extant data collections in all fields of the social sciences and arranging for their deposit into the Murray Research Archive.

Masters Degree in library science, informatics, information management, or computer science. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the social sciences (undergraduate social science degree preferred). Strong research and analytic abilities. A minimum of 8 years of experience in library or academic computing, preferably in a large university or research institution and demonstrated professional accomplishments. Experience with metadata standards, such as AACR2, DDI, Thesaurae, ISO and other controlled vocabularies; experience scripting in Perl, XSLT, SPSS, R, and SQL. Extensive understanding of digital preservation. Well-developed interpersonal skills, and experience working with faculty and staff in an academic community . Excellent analytical, oral, and written communication skills.

Archived on: 2006-12-16