Starting salary is $18.32 to $28.00 per hour depending on experience and qualifications ($38,105 to $58,240 annual salary), plus excellent benefits. This position is in pay schedule and range 13-04. A one-year probationary period will be required.
WHS is searching for an Electronic Records and Digital Preservation Archivist. This position is in the Library, Archives, and Museum Collections Division of the Wisconsin Historical Society located close to the state capitol and University of Wisconsin Madison. The Wisconsin Historical Society holds one of the premier research collections on North American history in the United States, with library holdings of 3.9 million items and archives of 110,000 cubic feet. The Division is a depository for both federal and state government publications and is the home of the State Archives.
The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. At its core, the Society believes that increasing the public's knowledge of history has profound societal, cultural, and economic benefit. The Society’s values are to Embrace a Spirit of Service, Engage our Expertise, Spark Enthusiasm, Cultivate Inclusion, Exceed Expectations, and Think Big and Grow with Purpose. Its collections, historic sites and museums, historic preservation office and extensive educational programs are focused on enriching and transforming lives through unparalleled access to history. WHS believes that increasing the public’s knowledge of history has profound societal, cultural, and economic benefit.
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The Electronic Records and Digital Preservation Archivist has responsibility to collect, preserve, and make accessible digital records in a manner that ensures continued access to Wisconsin’s heritage. Duties include leading efforts to preserve, describe, and provide access to digital public records and manuscript collection materials; developing processes for the preservation of digital materials acquired in a variety of formats; developing and documenting procedures for the acquisition of digital content; and the migration of digital content over time for preservation and access. The incumbent supports the work of the section by guiding efforts to acquire, preserve, and make accessible electronic records from Wisconsin state and local governments and by providing direct assistance to state agency personnel in the area of managing electronic records and electronic access systems. This work is accomplished in cooperation with Wisconsin Historical Society IT staff, staff at the Department of Administration, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Information Technology. The work of this position involves frequent contacts with outside agencies, institutions, and individuals.
The primary goals for this role include:
Appraisal, acquisition, and preservation of state agency electronic records -Oversees the appraisal, acquisition, and preservation of electronic records with enduring historical value using professional standards and best practices. -Works closely with the public records archivist to arrange and describe electronic records acquisitions. -Develops and implements preservation policies and procedures for electronic records and digital collections, including textual files, images, databases, websites, etc. according to best practices. -Works with external partners in government and private groups to ensure that archival metadata requirements are addressed and incorporated into records management practices.
Digital Repository Development and Administration -Manages the WHS’s trusted digital repository (currently Preservica) including the ingest of digital resources, metadata management, and discovery aspects of the repository. -Researches, identifies and plans for the integration of emerging hardware and software capabilities and pursues adoption of best practices techniques relating to electronic public records. -Works with WHS Collections Division staff and WHS IT to integrate the Digital Repository with other WHS information systems.
Electronic Records Program Development and Outreach Activities -Works with state agency Records Officers, IT staff and other interested parties to develop and recommend best practices for statewide policies and guidelines governing the creation, management, and preservation of electronic records. -Provides authoritative records analysis and management consulting services and outreach to public agencies with difficult and complex needs on electronic records issues and best practices. -Assists agencies with the development of records and information management procedures providing expertise in archives and records management issues, best practices, and standards development for preservation and access.
Your resume and cover letter are a required part of the application and will be reviewed as part of the assessment process. It is important to clearly identify in your cover letter and resume your experience related to these qualifications-
A minimally qualified candidate will have experience in: o Selecting, acquiring, and accessioning/processing electronic records o Training and outreach related to electronic records management issues and concerns o Using metadata standards and protocols (EAD, METS, MODS, PREMIS, Dublin Core, etc.)
A well-qualified candidate will have experience in: o Selecting & acquiring electronic records with historical value for preservation o Electronic record preservation in an archive o Digital record repository developing and administration
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