Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the 
suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social 
responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive 
excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment 
practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of 
fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest 
institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and 
draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a 
designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded 
hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods. 

As a member of the Digital Initiatives + Strategies Department, the Digital 
Collections Librarian provides strategic and innovative leadership, operational 
planning, and management for the digital asset management and preservation 
program for the Swarthmore College Libraries. The incumbent will help shape 
future directions for digital asset management and preservation systems, and 
will develop and implement strategies, best practices, standards, and 
technologies that support discovery, access, management, and preservation of 
the Libraries' digital assets. The incumbent leads projects to implement a 
range of technological solutions, and serves as a member of Swarthmore and 
TriCollege Libraries' project teams which require expertise in this area.

The Digital Collections Librarian is responsible for both the development and 
maintenance of our digital collections across their life-cycle. They will reach 
out to campus constituencies, analyze materials for suitability for our 
collections, identify potential projects, and establish priorities based on the 
content's cultural, academic, or historical value. They will pursue 
opportunities for collaborative projects across institutions and will seek 
grant funding where appropriate. In addition, they will manage oral history 
projects, which currently focus on capturing the experiences of our alumni 
involved in activism during the Civil Rights Movement.

This position will collaborate with subject librarians and faculty in the use 
of our digital collections in teaching and research and will work with other 
staff engaged in the digital projects and provide expertise on maintenance and 
preservation of project outcomes. Perform other duties as assigned.


Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program.
2 years’ experience working with digital collections or archives.
Experience processing analog, analog-to-digital, or born-digital collections.
Experience working with digital asset management, digital repository, and/or 
digital library systems (e.g. DSpace, Fedora, CONTENTdm).
Knowledge of strategies for digital object creation, curation, and preservation.
Knowledge of digital preservation systems, standards, best practices, and the 
OAIS reference model.
Familiarity with a variety of digital library standards for file formats and 
metadata content, structure, and values.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively
Ability to work effectively in teams that encompass a range of roles and 
Flexibility, intellectual curiosity, and willingness to take initiative.


Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Certificate or significant coursework in 
archival management or digital librarianship.
Demonstrated experience in managing digital collections projects.
Understanding of archival theory and best practices as they relate to the 
processing and management of digital collections
Experience with tools used to capture, manage, and deliver born-digital 
materials (e.g. Archive-it, forensic hardware, FTK, BitCurator, BagIt).
Experience with archival collection management systems such as Archivists' 
Toolkit or ArchivesSpace.
Ability to analyze a range of tools and technologies, and to implement those 
which improve workflows, access, or preservation of digital objects.
Experience conducting oral history interviews.
Working knowledge of web design and development and familiarity with one or 
more current scripting and programming languages (e.g. JavaScript, PHP, Python, 
Ruby on Rails HTML, CSS)
Familiarity with Git or similar versioning control systems, or with Linux/Unix 
Strong decision-making and project management skills.

This is a full-time position that offers a competitive benefits package and 
paid time off.  Click here to view employee testimonials and learn about what 
it’s like to be a part of the Swarthmore community!

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates 
with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable 
commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an 
Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

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