UTSA Libraries Special Collections: Digital Archivist

UTSA Libraries Special Collections’ vision is to bring national recognition to the university for distinctive research collections documenting the diverse histories of San Antonio and South Texas.  Our collecting priorities include social activism and politics, Mexican American history, regional LGBTQ history, African American history, history of San Antonio and South Texas, the arts, regional food and drink, Mexican cookery, women’s history, and University history.

The Libraries is committed to the long-term access and preservation of digital assets of continuing value that it has assumed responsibility for. The commitment is outlined in our recently published Digital Preservation Framework https://lib.utsa.edu/about/policies/digital-preservation-framework

The University of Texas at San Antonio is a Hispanic Serving University specializing in cyber, health, fundamental futures, and social-economic development. With more than 34,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property—for Texas, the nation and the world. Learn more online, on UTSA Today or on TwitterInstagramFacebookYouTube or LinkedIn.

UTSA, situated in a global city that has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures for centuries, values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. As an institution expressly founded to advance the education of Mexican Americans and other underserved communities, our university is committed to ending generations of discrimination and inequity. UTSA, a premier public research university, fosters academic excellence through a community of dialogue, discovery and innovation that embraces the uniqueness of each voice.

Posting End Date

Applications will be accepted through 11:59 PM CDT on 12/16/2022.  At the discretion of the hiring department, this position posting may close once a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.


Salary Range: $55,000 – $60,000 annualized, commensurate with education, experience and qualifications.

Hours per Week

Exempt Position: 40 hours per week.

Required Application Materials

Resume and Cover Letter required

Essential Functions

To ensure the long-term preservation of born digital materials; to oversee the digitization of Special Collections materials; and to provide access to digital holdings.

  1. Develop and oversee processes, procedures, and specifications for collecting, preserving, and providing access to born digital records and hybrid collections.
  2. Oversee workflows for digitization of analog materials, including quality control procedures, prioritization of production, and applying best practices for metadata creation.
  3. Coordinate and supervise special projects.
  4. Collaborate with cross departmental teams to develop online exhibits and other discovery tools.
  5. Participate in Digital Humanities initiatives to align preservation of archival content.
  6. Demonstrates UTSA core values: Integrity, Excellence, Inclusiveness, Respect, Collaboration and Innovation.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master of Library Science (MLS) degree with advanced coursework in archival theory and methodology or a Master’s degree in public history or another humanities field with a concentration or post-master’s certificate in archival administration. Degree must be awarded by date of hire.
  • Coursework in digital preservation, digital archives, or related.
  • Knowledge of concepts, techniques, tools, and workflows for digital preservation and digitization.
  • Knowledge of digital preservation metadata standards including, EAD, Dublin Core, and METS.
  • Knowledge of various types of audio, video, image, text, and other media formats.
  • Knowledge of archival concepts and processes.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, accessibility, equity, and inclusion in the workplace or community.
  • High level of initiative and self-motivation.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities, projects, and stakeholders effectively.
  • Aptitude for learning new tools and technologies.
  • Exceptional organizational, analytical and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • SAA Digital Archives Specialist Certification (DAS) in addition to required master’s degree.
  • One to three years experience in digital preservation, including experience with tools and workflows to support processing and management of born digital and digitized records.
  • One to three years experience in overseeing digitization projects and/or workflows.
  • Experience with archival processing and descriptive practices..
  • Experience working in an academic archive or special collections department.
  • Supervisory experience

Working Conditions

  • Work may include occasional exposure to book mold, dust, photographic chemicals, or insects.
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours.
  • Must be able to travel between Main campus and ITC.

This position will be primarily located on-campus, with the option to occasionally work remotely as business need allows. Travel and parking expenses are the employee’s responsibility.


Additional Information

  • UTSA is a tobacco free campus.
  • This is a security sensitive position. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check.
  • Applicants selected must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States by time of hire.