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Digital Curation Librarian

UAB Libraries seeks a creative, collaboratively minded, and enthusiastic librarian to join our team. The Digital Curation Librarian is a core member of the digital preservation team within the Digitization and Digital Preservation (DnD) department, and the work of the Digital Curation Librarian is focused on access to digital collections and digital collections management.

Position Responsibilities

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as the primary expert on access to digital collections, including administration of our digital collections access platform (currently CONTENTdm)
  • Manages the repository of access master files (DIPstore), ensuring reliability of content and enforcing disposition schedules according to the needs of the DnD department and stakeholders
  • Develops workflows for migrating digital formats and creating derivatives for upload to the access platform, in collaboration with the other members of the DnD team
  • Creates and performs regular assessments of UAB Libraries digital collections, to ensure that digital collections reflect the diversity of UAB and to identify ways to improve access to digital collections
  • Researches and advises the Head of DnD on potential sources for new digital collections, in communication with Historical Collections and subject specialist librarians for areas where existing relationships with UAB Libraries have been established
  • Liaises with Historical Collections, ensures that DnD protocols for digital collections management are compliant with established archival standards, assists in creating digital finding aids, and helps to improve access to historical digital collections
  • Liaises with reference librarians and the Emerging Technology Librarian for access and use of digital collections in projects related to digital scholarship, digital humanities, and digital exhibits
  • In collaboration with the Digital Preservation Librarian, plans and builds capacity for creating event-based digital collections
  • Actively participates in projects and teams related to the preservation and access of digital content, which may include accessibility studies and initiatives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in UAB digital collections
  • Participates in regional, national, and international organizations focused on digital content management and digital collections, such as Alabama Mosiac
  • Explores and implements innovative tools and techniques for digital collecting, including potential collections from social media sources
  • Maintains knowledge of developments in digital libraries, digital archiving, and digital scholarship, including advancements in tools and technologies as well as national and international digital curation standards.
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Expertise in collecting, migrating, and depositing a wide range of digital and analog formats, including social media
  • Proven experience with project management skills, including planning, organization, and time management
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust priorities, manage time wisely, in response to the needs of digital collections stakeholders and the Digitization and Digital Preservation team
  • Demonstrated experience or service showing a commitment to promoting inclusion and diversity in the workplace and community
  • Ability to establish positive and productive collaborations with diverse teams across departments and disciplines
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, organizational, oral, and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in outreach, relationship building, and/or collaboration with diverse populations and groups
  • Knowledge of current archival theory, practice, and standards

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in museum studies in addition to ALA accredited master of library science degree
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with stakeholders, such as cultivating relationships with digital content donors
  • Experience building and maintaining digital collections for a historical or cultural heritage institution, including training and supervising new staff, interns, and volunteers
  • Experience in planning and establishing a digital archive laboratory for a historical or cultural heritage organization
  • Experience digitizing media collections, migrating digital formats, and handling legacy media such as film
  • Experience with content management software for web access, such as WordPress, Omeka, etc.
  • Knowledge of collection management software, such as ArchivesSpace, Proficio, or PastPerfect is highly desirable, especially experience integrating these systems with preservation software such as Preservica
  • Experience in building exhibits and displays
  • Knowledge of current issues in digital libraries and digital archives


Salary Information: $55,000 minimum

Application Information

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About UAB and Birmingham

UAB has been ranked as the top Young University in the United States for two consecutive years by Times Higher Education, and Forbes recently named UAB America’s No. 1 Best Large Employer, No. 4 in the nation among Best Employers for Diversity. UAB has been consistently recognized among a select few universities as a Diversity Champion by Insight into Diversity for the institution’s longstanding commitment to shared values that include diversity, inclusion and respect. UAB —among one of the most diverse campuses in the nation — is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts and creating an environment that can serve as a model for the kind of society we strive to build. UAB is the first university in the United States to adopt the Okanagan Charter and become an internationally recognized Health Promoting University.

Downtown Birmingham has enjoyed a revitalization in recent years, with the development of Railroad Park — an award-winning urban park — and its adjacent Regions Field, home to the minor league Birmingham Barons — an award-winning stadium. The park and stadium projects have kickstarted major growth in surrounding districts, including craft breweries, boutique shops, restaurants, loft and apartment buildings, innovative workspaces, and hotels.

There are a host of attractions only a short walk from UAB’s campus, the Birmingham Civil Rights District National Monument, composed of sites such as Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park and the Civil Rights Institute — a major destination for visitors from around the world. Birmingham's cultural scene is thriving, with museums, numerous galleries, music and arts festivals, theaters and live music venues, a professional ballet company, a professional opera company, a School of Fine Arts, the Jazz Hall of Fame, and the recent restoration of the historic Lyric and Alabama theaters. Birmingham is in proximity to many state and national parks, lakes, urban greenspaces, and hiking and biking trails. The city has more green space per capita than any other major city in the United States.

UAB Libraries are committed to advancing equitable access to information, intellectual freedom, and the public good for the UAB community and the community at large. We recognize our social responsibility to advocate for marginalized voices and to inform and educate to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and mutual respect. 

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. 

A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment. 

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