Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies - Digital Archivist
University of California Los Angeles
Location: Los Angeles, California
Internal Number: 4219082
Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies - Digital Archivist University of California Los Angeles
Requisition Number: JPF08318
The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies is currently building the infrastructure to maintain digital archives and host a wide range of digital collections related to Black experiences. The Bunche Center is looking to hire a permanent Digital Archivist to lead the digital initiatives and build a strong archival program. This work will include processing, developing, documenting, and implementing digital workflows to ingest, catalog, preserve, access, store, and secure current and future materials held by the Bunche Library. This work will also include establishing policies and procedures of best practices for managing a digital archive program.
The Digital Archivist will report to and work closely with the Bunche Librarian to scale, support, and maintain digital preservation systems, services, and workflows for the digital resources stewarded by the Bunche Center. The Digital Archivist will participate in the identification, conception, development, and implementation of grant applications in support of the Bunche Library's digital initiatives, including collaborations with UCLA's ethnic studies libraries, such as our current efforts to archive the age of mass incarceration. The Digital Archivist will stay abreast of issues and tools related to the stewardship of digital materials and represent the Bunche Center for African American Studies on campus as well as national, regional, and local committees, conferences, and forums on matters relevant to digital collections management.
We highly encourage early career applicants to apply. The center is committed to supporting professional development, at any level, to build a robust digital archiving program. Career related and job-related professional development activities, may include but are not limited to: opportunities for on-the-job training, cross training, coaching, and internships; attendance at courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, institutes, lectures, and meetings; and participation in professional and technical associations.
We look forward to working with an individual who finds energy and inspiration from engaging, learning, and collaborating with others.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Overseeing Bunche Center archival collection, which includes processing and re-organization of materials.
Establishing best practices for both physical and digital materials.
Managing digital collections by establishing the metadata schema, controlled vocabularies, and exercising quality control of the software, equipment and metadata records.
Developing and document digital workflows to support the preservation, access, and security of digital materials; recommending and utilizing digital processing tools and advising on preservation strategies and storage needs for digital materials.
Collaborating with the Bunche Center Librarian to realize and implement discovery and access initiatives for digital materials.
Participating in the conception and development of grant applications in support of digital initiatives.
Working with content stewards across the IAC libraries to develop/support procedures and digital workflows.
Working with metadata stakeholders to create collection models and metadata plans for batch ingest.
Developing and implementing the Bunche Library's content accessibility, metadata, and preservation strategy.
Working with the Bunche Center Librarian to expand the department's digital collections. Collections may include documents and ephemera from Archiving the Age of Mass Incarceration, materials from the Arthur Ashe Legacy projects, and other Bunche Center research initiatives.
Working with the ethnic center librarians to create/update the digital preservation policies.
Providing guidance and leadership for the archives and digital stewardship of the Bunche Library's specialized and general collections including planning, implementation, and assessment of current systems and infrastructure, and new technologies.
Coordinating the activity of the Bunche Center's digital archive initiatives focusing on four main areas of digital library development: content accessibility, metadata creation, collection development, and preservation.
DESCRIPTION OF THE UNIT The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, founded in 1969 as the Center for Afro-American Studies (CAAS), was renamed after Nobel Prize winner, scholar, activist, and UCLA alumnus Ralph J. Bunche in 2003, in commemoration of the centenary of his birth. The Bunche Center was established as an Organized Research Unit (ORU), with the mission to develop and strengthen African American Studies through five primary organizational branches: research, academic programs, library, special projects, and publications. The Bunche Center Library supports the mission of the center by developing collections that expand knowledge of African American history and culture and investigates problems that affect people of African descent.
The library is one of several affiliated libraries at UCLA. Affiliated status allows the library to independently manage collections and services for its core constituency.
The collection has over 8,000 monographs, serials, archival and audio visual materials on African, African American, and Caribbean history and culture. The book collection is supplemented with subscriptions to academic journals, popular magazines, and African American newspapers.
The audio/visual collection consists of audiocassette tapes, VHS tapes, DVD's, and other analog media. Its content includes classic movies, documentaries, campus events, and music. The archives collection includes vertical files, personal papers, and organizational records.
DESCRIPTION OF THE INSTITUTE The Institute of American Cultures (IAC) is the administrative home of the four ethnic studies centers at UCLA - the American Indian Studies Center, the Asian American Studies Center, the Chicano Studies Research Center, and the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. These organized research units (ORU) were established in 1969 and for almost 50 years have been involved in advancing research grounded in the experiences and issues of diverse communities in the greater Los Angeles area, but also throughout the United States and internationally and transnationally as well.
Together, the IAC and the four centers work to increase understanding of the emerging social and cultural realities in America through innovative research, events, fellowships, scholarship, grants, and civic engagement.
The research of the IAC reaches and draws from the entire university and through partnerships with many stakeholders and constituencies that literally span the globe.
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