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University of California, San Diego,
San Diego, California

Salary: Not Specified
Status: Full-time
Posted: 07/15/14
Deadline: 08/17/14

Digital Preservation Analyst

The UC San Diego Library is seeking an experienced digital preservation analyst to play a central role building and maintaining national digital preservation systems, to ensure future generations will have open access to our digital cultural materials. This person will be integral to several important digital preservation enterprises including Chronopolis, the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) and significant digital curation efforts on the UC San Diego campus. This position will also have the opportunity to work with, and influence, UC, national and international preservation developments.

 The successful candidate for this position:

  • will have the opportunity to play a major role in the development and management of systems which provide the underpinning of a nationwide digital preservation network;
  • will be instrumental in ensuring that culturally relevant digital materials are preserved for future generations;
  • will work with top Research Universities from around the world, and be part of a vibrant multicultural group of people;
  • will engage with researchers across disciplines, helping define preservation services appropriate to their needs.

The position includes the following duties:

Project Management:

  • Works under the direction of the Research Data Curation Program Director to manage Chronopolis, including the definition of services and deliverables, and providing customer service.
    • Maintains timely, regular, and consistent communication with Chronopolis partners and customers.
  • Leads daily interaction with DuraCloud technical and managerial staff to ensure proper Chronopolis interactions.
  • Leads daily interaction with DPN technical and managerial staff to ensure proper Chronopolis interactions.
  • Manages repository and digital preservation projects, including cross-functional projects with partners and collaborators.
  • Manages overall project work within defined time, budget and scope.
  • Manages multiple projects concurrently.
  • Identifies new projects and stakeholders.
  • Achieves operational objectives by contributing information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews; preparing and completing action plans; implementing production, productivity, quality, and customer-service standards; resolving problems; completing audits; identifying trends; determining system improvements.
  • Facilitates the definition of project missions, goals, plans, tasks, tracking methodology, and resource requirements; resolves or assists in the resolution of conflicts within and between projects or functional areas;


  • Documents business requirements and service agreements, and creates detailed functional specifications.
  • Documents systems functionality.
  • Creates reports for administrative and operational needs.
  • Develops guides and presentations as system user resources.
  • Documents specific requirements and agreements for partners.


  • Develops and provides training to end users on system processes and functionality.
  • Develops and provides generalized training for digital preservation.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library/Information Science, or equivalent combination of an advanced degree with relevant experience.
  • Four years of professional experience with digital objects, including knowledge of standards and best practices in the related field.
  • Strong technical expertise with digital objects, preferably in a library or cultural heritage organization.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to work with people from all organizational levels and outside partners.
  • Experience working with information technology professionals.
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation communications skills.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional experience with digital preservation, including knowledge of standards and best practices in the field.
  • Experience in a cultural heritage organization.
  • Knowledge of metadata standards including PREMIS.

About Chronopolis:

Chronopolis has the capacity to preserve hundreds of terabytes of digital data. Chronopolis comprises several partner organizations that provide a wide range of services. The partners include:

More information on Chronopolis can be found at

About the Digital Preservation Network (DPN)

The Digital Preservation Network (DPN) was formed to ensure that the complete scholarly record is preserved for future generations.

More information about DPN can be found at

Salary: Salary and level of appointment in the Librarian series commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on the University of California pay scales.

Closing Date: Application consideration begins August 17, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

To Apply: For full consideration, please submit applications to

Please provide the following:

  • A short application letter addressing your interest in this positions and applicable qualifications.
  • A resume of education and relevant experience.
  • The names of at least three persons who are knowledgeable about your qualifications and/or suitability for this position.
  • A personal statement summarizing your past or planned contributions to diversity; guidance for preparing diversity statements can be found at

AA-EOE: UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.

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