Project Web and Processing Archivist - New York University

Job Information


The Archival Collections Management Department at New York University is seeking an Archivist to provide support for its web archiving and arrangement and description programs. The position is based in the Archival Collections Management Department (ACM) of Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services (KARMS). ACM is a unified archival technical services department that supports NYU’s archival repositories: Fales Library and Special Collections, Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, and the New York University Archives. The position will work as part of a team on a grant-funded project to collect the archives of contemporary composers with a focus on websites and audiovisual content. The position is fixed term through January 31, 2018. 

Under the general supervision of the Digital Archivist, the Archivist will accession, process, and describe new collections associated with the Contemporary Composers Project. The Archivist will also oversee, assure quality of, and troubleshoot the initial capture of related websites, and supervise student workers in the ongoing quality control work of web archiving.


  • Assist in the management the Libraries’ Archive-It service; work with selectors in developing and implementing web-crawling strategies.
  • Analyze and mediate problems that occur during web crawls and supervise student employees performing quality control and quality assurance on collected web content.
  • Research best practices and develop workflows for describing archival collections that contain archived websites.
  • Arrange archival records in accordance with accepted archival standards. Describe archival collections according to archival standards in the repository’s collections management database and publish EAD-encoded finding aids on the web.
  • Liaison with staff from the Digital Library Technical Services (DLTS) and Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services (KARMS) and Preservation on the development of discovery, access and preservation tools for web archives.
  • Accession new collection materials. Faithfully and independently represent administrative, legal, and descriptive information about new materials in collection management systems according to documented standard practices. Provide professional judgment for appraising the ongoing research value of new collections. =
  • Assist in collections management and control activities, including coordinating digital preservation activities with appropriate library departments, and collecting workflow, use, and other statistics about the collections.
  • Participate in unit-wide meetings and planning; other duties as assigned.

New York University Libraries: Libraries at New York University serve the school’s 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries supports NYU’s vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and our “portal campuses” in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries participates in a variety of consortia and collaborates closely with Columbia University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the Manhattan Research Library Consortium. View NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan.

Job Requirements


● Demonstrated understanding of archival theory, practice, and collections, and principles of archival arrangement and description.
● Demonstrated knowledge of web technologies, strongly preferred, including familiarity with Archive-It or other web-archiving tools or services (Heretrix, HTTrack, WebCurator, CDL's Web Archiving Service, etc.)A high standard of personal and professional integrity.
● Demonstrated interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
● Attention to detail; strong organizational and analytical skills.
● Previous experience using archival collections management systems (Archivists’ Toolkit and its successor ArchivesSpace) is preferred but not essential.
● Demonstrated knowledge of web technologies, strongly preferred, including familiarity with Archive-It or other web-archiving tools or services.

Education Required

ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library, archival, or information studies; or Master’s degree in humanities with a concentration in archival studies is required.

Contact Information

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Contact Method

To apply: To ensure consideration, send resume and letter of application, including the name, address, and telephone number of three references to: Enrique Yanez, Assistant Dean for Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to Initial review of applicants will begin on November 7, 2016; applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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