Digital and Preservation Archivist -Clemson, SC

Clemson University Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented Digital and Preservation Archivist.  The archivist will provide leadership and expertise in digital archiving and electronic records management, as well as digital preservation for the Special Collections and Archives.  The unit is comprised of the Manuscript Collections, University Archives, Records Management, and Rare Books.  The Special Collections and Archives, distinguished for its strong collections in university history, agriculture, and textile history, is part of the Clemson University Libraries.

Library faculty are members of the academic community, with responsibilities in the areas of librarianship, scholarship, and service.  This is a 12-month tenure-track position accountable to the Head of Special Collections and Archives. 

Responsibilities include:

Digital and Preservation Archivist

  • Manages the digital conversion and online delivery of born-digital and digitized archival collections in collaboration with appropriate library partners
  • Develops and implements policies, standards, and procedures for the management of the digital content within the Special Collections and Archives, including but not limited to:
    • Digital materials on current and legacy physical media, including hard drives, floppy disks, compact disks, and others.
    • Web-based material, particularly with reference to the University Archives materials and those related to donors including websites, email, and social media.
  • Implements standards and best practices for metadata in collaboration with appropriate library partners
  • Integrates proper digital forensic tools in order to help ensure authentic and appropriately protected archival materials
  • Manages the conversion of analog formats and audiovisual materials
  • Develops and delivers training on electronic records management and preservation
  • Engages in professional development such as attending conferences, workshops, and webinars related to job functions

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

  • Develops a focused program of high quality research and creative accomplishments, consistent with professional responsibilities and the Libraries’ mission and goals


  • Actively participates and demonstrates leadership in professional responsibilities that serve the Libraries, University, profession, and community

Required Qualifications/Experience: 

  • ALA-accredited graduate degree in librarianship, SAA-accredited graduate degree in archives administration, or a relevant, accredited graduate degree as deemed appropriate by the Libraries
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital archives and emerging digital curation practices
  • Demonstrated knowledge of national preservation standards and best practices
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse team environment and individually, to balance priorities, and to set and meet deadlines
  • Two years’ experience in some aspect of archives, special collections, or records repository
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs. and meet other physical demands of the position
  • Demonstrated understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Demonstrated experience in an academic or research library
  • Demonstrated experience working with archival collections, research, and outreach in a digital environment
  • SAA Digital Archives Specialist certificate

Salary and Benefits:

Faculty rank and competitive salary based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience. Various medical plans, dental plans, and retirement plans available. 18 days annual leave, 15 days sick leave, 13 paid holidays, and liberal professional development leave are provided. Library faculty receive an individual stipend for travel or other professional development activity.

The University:

Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science and engineering-oriented research university in a college-town setting along a dynamic Southeastern corridor. Ranked as one of America’s Top 25 Public Universities by U.S. News & World Report, Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel. Centrally located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson is in one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina, and a two-hour drive to Charlotte and Atlanta.

The Libraries:

The libraries on Clemson’s main campus are the R.M. Cooper Library, the Gunnin Architecture Library, the Education Media Center, and Special Collections and Archives. Other facilities include the Clemson Design Center Library in Charleston and the Library Depot in Anderson, which houses high-density storage, records management, the digitization lab, and technical services. The libraries employ 28 faculty, 62 staff, and over 70 students.  Clemson Libraries is a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), Lyrasis, and the ACRL Diversity Alliance, and actively participates with other South Carolina institutions through the statewide consortium, PASCAL.  For additional information about Clemson Libraries, visit our website at

The salary range is $58,000-$65,000.

Application Process:

Applicants should electronically submit all applications and related materials via Interfolio at Required materials include a cover letter, professional curriculum vitae, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Review of materials will begin immediately. Applications received by September 16, 2019 will be guaranteed consideration.

Closing Statement:

Clemson University is an AAO/EO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or genetic information.  Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

Rev. 2019-06-25