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The RAND Corporate Archives collects and preserves materials that document the origins, development, operations and impact of The RAND Corporation and its research from 1948 to present. The archive contains materials of permanent historical value that capture RAND's legacy of innovation and its enduring contributions to public policy and decisionmaking (for more information on the Archives, see http://www.rand.org/about/history/archives.html).
This full-time position offers an opportunity for an energetic and motivated professional to contribute to the digital preservation of RAND’s historical assets. As a vital member of the Knowledge Services team, the Digital Archivist will be responsible for digitizing, cataloging, and facilitating access to the RAND Corporation’s archives collections according to archival standards and best practices.
Scan archival materials in a variety of formats to create preservation-quality digital surrogates;
Provide intellectual access to digital materials, creating publication-quality finding aids and descriptive metadata for archives holdings in local and external databases;
Appraise, accession, and process incoming born-digital archives collections, and perform forensic ingest of digital materials from a variety of current and legacy media formats;
Manage ongoing preservation of digital assets in accordance with best practices;
Collaborate with Lead Archivist to identify and prioritize archival materials for digitization;
Assist in preparing displays of collection materials for virtual exhibition spaces;
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a research or corporate archives setting; experience with ingest, metadata creation, and preservation of born-digital materials, including workflows and methodologies; demonstrated knowledge of archival standards and best practices for appraisal, processing, arrangement, and description of organizational and/or personal papers; working knowledge of the use and application of DACS, EAD, MARC, and other archival descriptive and content standards.
Demonstrated evidence of excellent attention to detail, ability to prioritize tasks, and to work independently, meeting a high standard of work;
Demonstrated ability to bring projects to successful completion;
Evidence of strong computer skills, including working knowledge of Photoshop or other image editing software and Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook;
Strong interpersonal and communication skills (including strong writing skills);
Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment;
Ability to safely move heavily-laden book trucks, bend and lift heady boxes, and climb and reach on step stools
Highly desirable: An undergraduate or graduate degree in one of RAND’s core research areas; knowledge of permissions issues related to providing access to digital content; familiarity with administration and troubleshooting of forensic acquisitions hardware and software, including BitCurator, FTK Imager, and BagIt; experience with MS SharePoint; and familiarity with a variety of collection management tools and digital asset management systems a plus.
Master’s degree in Library Science, Archival Science, or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution with a concentration in archival studies, equivalent degree focused on the intellectual control and organization of archival collections, or equivalent experience.
Experience: Minimum of 3 years' experience as outlined.
Special Note: The anticipated start date for this position is June 5, 2017.
NOTE: You must apply online on the rand.org website for consideration.
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