Posted to IASSIST on: 2015-10-12

Employer: Cornell University

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This position assures that data accepted into the Roper Center Archive are maintained using the best practices in archival methods and are offered in current formats so as to permit both long term preservation and dissemination.  The RC Archivist develops and adopts archival standards for the Roper Center’s collections; manages and coordinates various workflows within the archive collections in accordance with expanding data curation and online accessibility requirements; supports Roper Center’s member clients in the use of data files for secondary analysis. Coordinates day-to-day operations that ensure the quality, timeliness, and comprehensiveness of the iPOLL Databank.  Plans, implements and directs iPOLL production workflows.  Researches and proposes policies for long-term preservation and accessibility of Roper Center iPOLL polling and survey data.  

The incumbent will also work with data donors and providers to develop collections, and respond to user inquiries in regards to finding, accessing and using Roper Center data files for secondary analysis, and supervise student interns.   This position plays a leading role in supporting long-term management of research data throughout the data lifecycle.


  • MLIS (or Master’s Degree in relevant social science field), or Bachelor’s degree combined with five or more years of experience working with archive management and workflows.  Demonstrated knowledge of archives and records management theory and practice, including experience processing archival records.
  • Knowledge of data preservation theory and practice, as well as strategies and technologies utilized by the archival community for managing data.
  • Knowledge of relevant standards for archival data description, including DDI   and familiarity with other metadata standards such as METS and PREMIS.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects.
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  • Two to three years of relevant professional experience, preferably in academic archives.
  • Experience implementing policies, standards, and procedures for stewardship of data in an archive.
  • Background in social sciences or related field, with some exposure to methods and research skills

Archived on: 2015-10-14