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We're hiring! Digital Services Librarian/Print Preservation Assistant

In partnership with over 300 libraries, archives and museums (and growing), California Revealed helps public libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other heritage groups digitize, preserve, and provide online access to materials documenting the state's history, art, and cultures. We also provide free access and preservation services for existing digital collections, including technical advice and guidance, for partner organizations with in-house digitization programs. 

We gather best archival practices for digitization and digital preservation, establishes low-cost, practical standards, and then manages digitization, online access, and digital preservation activities on behalf of partner organizations. Free public access is provided for teaching, study, and enjoyment. In addition, records are shared with Calisphere, WorldCat, the Digital Public Library of America, and the Home Movie Registry. More information about partner services and opportunities is available here
California Revealed is grant-funded by the California State Library. Project operations are located at the California State Library in Sacramento. 
We have an open Digital Services Librarian position available with a contract that will run through August 2022, with the opportunity for renewal, dependent upon available funding. This is structured as an onsite position, with remote work possible, as needed. The team follows the California Department of Public Health's COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Office Spaces when onsite. 
This position is open until filled and begins immediately. First review of applications will begin June 1, 2021. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Digital Services Librarian will assist with the digitization, online access, and preservation of print collections on behalf of program partners. The Digital Services Librarian will report to the Print Preservation Manager.
The Digital Services Librarian will help support the following activities: 
  • Assists with workflow and metadata for digitization, preservation and long-term access of archival materials, with a focus on print materials.  
  • Arranges and prepares archival materials for digitization vendors.  
  • Performs quality assurance and control of new digital preservation files and metadata records for ingest into the California Revealed Digital Repository.  
  • Standardizes metadata for ingest into an Islandora content management system according to cataloging authorities in the PBCore, Dublin Core and MODS schema. Uploads, maps, and aggregates metadata. 
  • Corresponds with partners regarding selection, description, and preparation of physical materials for digitization and ingest into the California Revealed Digital Repository.  
  • Serves as liaison between digitization vendors and partner archives.  
  • Curates exhibits, themes, and coordinates metadata improvements to enhance discoverability of the California Revealed Collection.  
  • Contributes to development of the California Revealed Digital Repository and public access site,  
  • Checks metadata harvests for Calisphere, DPLA, and WorldCat.  
  • Assists with the development of digital preservation workshops, webinars, and other outreach projects.  
  • Regularly posts to California Revealed's social media and contributes to seasonal newsletter.  
  • Represents California Revealed at professional conferences and meetings.  
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Required Capabilities and Experience

  • Master's degree or equivalent in a relevant field. 
  • Working knowledge of library and archives preservation principles, including digitization and metadata standards for long-term preservation and access. 
  • Experience with cataloging, handling and preservation of archival materials, particularly for print materials. 
  • Experience with quality assurance and control procedures for digitized archival materials, including manuscripts, photographs, and audiovisual materials. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of archival arrangement and description. Knowledge of current and emerging library and information standards such as MARC, PBCore, Dublin Core, MODS, Encoded Archival Description, and various thesauri for cataloging. 
  • Familiarity with digital asset management systems and repositories. 
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently, in an environment where consultation, flexibility and cooperation are essential. 
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud products such as Lightroom, Premiere Pro, and Audition for quality control. 
  • Comfortable with MS Office applications in Mac environments, particularly Excel. 
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds. 
  • Strong analytical, documentation, and written/verbal communication skills. 

Preferred Capabilities and Experience

  • Interest in California history.
  • Experience with cataloging, handling and preservation of digital formats.


$30-35/hour, depending on skills and experience. 32-40 hrs/week. Annual independent contract (1099), with subsequent contracts dependent upon available funding. This position is open until filled and begins immediately. 

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Pamela Vadakan, Director