Society of Southwest Archivists

Digital Archivist | Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium (Remote)

  • 19 May 2023 2:15 PM
    Message # 13204142
    Hannah Wood (Administrator)

    Salary: $30,000

    Job Duration: 1-2 Years


    The Digital Archivist is a one-year position that assists the Public History Projects Manager in the development of a new digital archive that will house the information for historic objects and oral history interviews of the Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium sites and their networks. The Digital Archivist will also support the development of collections related materials for the Consortium and/or sites, including policies, procedures, and accessions. The ideal candidate will have earned a Masters in Library Science, History, or Public History, and have demonstrated knowledge in field-specific skills, including metadata schema, controlled vocabularies, accessioning best practices, and ethical interpretation. The candidate should be self-motivated, highly organized, flexible, and confident in sharing their expertise with various audiences. This position is remote, but the candidate should be able to reasonably travel for major Consortium events.

    TO APPLY: Send a resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcripts to No phone calls please.

    Digital History Tasks:

    • Lead development of Digital Archive and strategic plan for maintaining success.
    • Create finding aids for existing archival material and plan for future accessions.
    • ADA-compliant transcriptions of existing oral histories collected by Consortium sites.
    • Development of metadata schema and controlled vocabularies, including DACS, EAD, MARC, and/or PREMIS.

    Public History Tasks:

    • Assist Public History Project Manager in developing policy and procedure for collections-based work.
    • Assist Public History Project Manager in training sites on archival & collections best practices.
    • Assist in artifact and oral history accessioning and relevant research.



    • Demonstrated knowledge in archival and digital history best practices, include metadata, controlled vocabularies, and finding aid accessibility.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of collections best practices as described by MRM6.
    • Working knowledge of cloud-based collections systems preferred, but not required.
    • Working knowledge of ethical interpretation and best practices.
    • High level diligence and proactive problem-solving skills.
    • Strong interest in Black History, Civil Rights, cultural heritage, and historic preservation.
    • Self-starting and highly communicative.


    • Master’s degree in Library Science, History, or Public History. (Transcripts required as proof of degree completion.)
    • Digital archive development and cultural heritage experience preferred.

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