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Digital Archivist
American International University, Kuwait

Date Posted Nov. 1, 2021
Title Digital Archivist
University American International University, Kuwait
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Department University Library
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Library Sciences (all categories)

Digital Archivist
American International University - Kuwait City 

Reports to: Director of the Library

Job Purpose
Reporting to the Director of the Library, the Digital Archivist is responsible for the curation of the AIU archives and the research repository. This includes the establishment, maintenance, organization, description, and preservation of historical university documents using digitization standards. The Digital Archivist serves as the institutional records manager, refines, implements, and upholds archival policies and procedures regarding processing, documenting, classifying and long-term preservation of university documents.

Facilitates the digitization of archival materials by identifying, organizing, processing, and ensuring access to historical collections.
Creates, designs, and manages digital collections using established archival standards.
Provides leadership in the development, implementation, promotion, and assessment of AIU digital archive and scholarship initiatives.
Maintains current knowledge of standards used in the creation of digital archives collections including best practices.
The Digital Archivist will apply professional standards to the processing, arrangement, and preservation of records; oversee creation of finding aids and creation of MARC catalog data.
Surveys collections, develops and implements processing plans in consultation with the relevant stewards of institutional records.
Creates and maintains the research repository-related documentation and workflows.
Maintains and does quality checks for research repository-related metadata standards.
Conducts quality checks on research repository submissions from the AIU user community.
Identifies conservation concerns and performs basic preservation practices.
Recommends best practices regarding the development of both print and digital access to the records.
Coordinates the work of interns or work-study students (when applicable).
Serves as an advisor for digital archive and projects across university
Stays abreast of emerging, innovative trends and technologies, standards, publishing models, and digital archive developments
Other duties as assigned.

Reporting Positions
Student workers (where applicable)

Experience with DSpace or other open access collection management systems preferred.
Experience and knowledge of current practices in digital scholarship
Evidence of effective project planning and management across departments.
Knowledge of descriptive content standards and best practices.
Broad knowledge of current technological applications for archival management and access.
Aptitude for technology; willingness to learn new systems and integrate to enhance services.
Must be well organized, and able to meet deadlines and multiple demands
Demonstrated ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences.
Must be results-oriented, flexible, and have an ability to collaborate with colleagues.
Demonstrated history of flexibility, creativity, and a strong customer service commitment.

Experience and Education
Advanced degree (Masters Preferred) from an accredited institution in Library and Information Studies, Archival Management, or a related field.
At least five years’ experience managing a digital archive or research repository in an academic environment.
Knowledge of rights administration and management issues for digital scholarship and archival collections.
Experience in creating and maintaining documentation of policy and procedures.

About American International University:
AIU is a new institution of higher education in Kuwait whose first student cohort was admitted in fall 2019. It is a private, coeducational institution offering undergraduate degrees based on the American model of higher education, including a comprehensive general education curriculum. Through its educational and student services programming, the University serves the intellectual, cultural, and personal growth of all members of its community. AIU offers degree programs in Film and Digital Media, Architecture, and Design, Engineering, and Business Administration where the language of instruction is English.

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How to apply:
To apply for this position, please visit the Job Opportunities section of our webpage and submit your resume, cover letter, and reel to:

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Contact Information

    University Library
    American International University, Kuwait
    Saad Al Abdullah - East of Naseem Block 3
    Kuwait City
  • +965 2225 2500


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