Digital Archives Librarian

Lilly Library at Wabash College seeks an innovative Digital Archives Librarian.  Reporting to the Library Director, the successful candidate will create and manage the institutional repository and will curate born-digital and electronic collections at Wabash College.  One significant project will be the production of a comprehensive digital collection documenting Black cultural sites and historical markers in Indiana.  The Digital Archives Librarian will also collaborate with faculty to utilize this and other Wabash digital collections in the curriculum.
Wabash College
Crawfordsville, IN
Application Deadline: 
July 6, 2021.
More Information: 
Wabash College has begun a strategic transformation to advance the success of its first-generation students, students of color, and students from low-income families.  To support this work, the Lilly Endowment Inc., awarded Wabash a five-year Charting the Future grant titled “Restoring Hope, Restoring Trust.”  The Digital Archives position is funded by the grant.  Wabash will use additional funds from this grant to support an array of programs, partnerships, and strategies ranging from cultural and artistic programming to community engagement to research support for faculty, staff, and students interested in engaging our archival collections, including those on Black contributions to the State of Indiana.
Librarians are part of the teaching community at Wabash—providing both information literacy instruction as well as occasional teaching in the classroom.  The Digital Archives Librarian has an option to be appointed with associated faculty status.  Faculty status, rank, and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience.  The successful candidate should be enthusiastically committed to developing close relationships with students, faculty, and staff to support teaching, learning and research at Wabash College.  This is a full-time, 12-month position.
Strong applicants will have an appreciation for the broad intellectual community of a liberal arts college and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate mentoring and teaching. Candidates with a commitment to working with diverse students are especially invited to apply.  In 2020, Wabash proudly celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Malcolm X Center of Black Studies.  Approximately one-third of our students are Pell grant recipients and one-third of our students are first-generation college students.
Primary Responsibilities
  • Produce a comprehensive digital collection documenting Black cultural sites and historical markers in Indiana.
  • Establish standards and best practices to assure effective organization, access, preservation, and delivery of digital content.
  • Create, manage, and promote an institutional repository of Wabash College born-digital and electronic collections.
  • Understand and apply appropriate metadata schema and the standards for expressing and storing these data.
  • Formulate strategies, policies, and procedures for digital projects and digital preservation.
  • Collaborate with faculty to integrate primary sources and information literacy skills into the curriculum.
  • Cultivate strong working relationships across the campus to promote digital archival resources.
  • Serve on campus committees.
  • Participate in related professional development activities.
Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program (or near completion).
  • Knowledge and experience with digital technologies, content standards, metadata schema, and controlled vocabularies (e.g. DACS, Dublin Core, EAD, METS, MODS, PREMIS).
  • At least one year of digital archives experience (may include service as a graduate student or intern).
  • Commitment to excellence in the teaching of undergraduate students.
  • Outstanding presentation, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency using standard office software and library online tools.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collegial environment.
About Lilly Library
Built in 1959, Lilly Library was renovated and expanded in 1992.  Our collections include 230,000+ print volumes plus access to 1.7+ million ebooks and 125,000 ejournals.   The Robert T. Ramsay Archival Center in Lilly Library serves the Wabash Community by collecting and preserving its history and that of our local community.  In addition to our archival collections, we also have a substantial special collection of rare volumes. 
Our small staff functions as a team to provide exceptional service to the Wabash community.  Our library provides a place for research, learning, and reflection as well as collaboration in a warm and inviting setting.  The library serves as the hub for research, writing, and media services; the place to browse and discover books and media; the online access point for digital resources; and the starting point for partnerships with faculty in teaching information literacy and building the library collection. 
About Wabash College
Founded in 1832, Wabash College is a private, independent, residential four-year liberal arts college for men. Wabash is a member of the USC Race and Equity Center’s Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, a top-60 Liberal Arts College according to U.S. News, and a member of Colleges That Change Lives. Its 87-member faculty is ranked No. 4 nationally for accessibility by the Princeton Review. The College invests significant resources to ensure any student who wishes can participate in off-campus and international immersion learning experiences.  Our 65-acre wooded campus is located 50 miles west of Indianapolis and three hours from Chicago.  In addition to the amenities these cities offer, we are near some of the best outdoor recreation in the state. 
Application Process
To apply, go to and click the “Apply Now” button. The application dossier should consist of:
  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vita
  • Contact information for three references
  • Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Statement of service and teaching philosophy
  • Inquiries about the position can be sent to Jeffrey Beck, Library Director at  Review of applications will begin on July 7, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.  This position is available on August 9, 2021, and the start date is negotiable. 
We provide generous benefits plus robust research and travel funding for faculty development. 
Wabash, a liberal arts college for men, seeks faculty and staff who are committed to providing quality engagement with students, high levels of academic challenge and support, and meaningful experiences that prepare students for life and leadership in a diverse, multicultural world.  Wabash is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from persons of all backgrounds. EOE