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Vacancy at King's College London: Research Associate/Developer (Digital Preservation)

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Location: London, UK
Salary: 32277to 38511GBP p.a. Plus London allowance of 2323GBP
Contract: Full-time, till 31 Jan 2017
Closing date: 23 September 2014

King’s College London is seeking to recruit a Research Associate/Developer to work on the EU FP7 project PERICLES, which has been funded as part of the EU’s Digital Preservation programme. More information about the project can be found at the project website http://pericles-project.eu/.The post is in the Centre for e-Research, part of the Department Digital Humanities, which undertakes a wide range of collaborative research projects across King’s, as well as with other UK universities, with European institutions, and internationally with HE library and research institutes.The post holder will work as a Research Associate/Developer, working closely with research staff at King’s and at partner institutions. Specifically, the post holder will be expected to contribute to the on-going research being carried out by KCL staff on PERICLES, which currently includes:

  • Modelling and implementing appraisal processes for born-digital material, including digital forensics.
  • Modelling conceptual change to support long-term understanding of digital content.
  • Capture and analysis of unstructured user workflows and analysis of user context.
  • Using formal models to represent dependencies and assess risk to digital content.
  • Design practices for digital preservation systems.

The post will require a combination of theoretical work, design and implementation of proof-of-concept tools and other software components, and evaluation. The successful candidate will be expected to have demonstrable research skills in an area of applied computing or information science (e.g. digital preservation, semantic web, machine learning, data analytics, information retrieval), and to possess software development skills (e.g. Java, Python) and a knowledge of a range of computing technologies of relevance to preservation systems, e.g. XML, databases, web services.

The full-time appointment will be made within the Grade 6 scale, currently £32,277 to £38,511 per annum plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance. The post is fixed-term until 31 January 2017 The closing date for receipt of applications is 23 September 2014


Vacancy: Digital Library Developer, Library Services, LSE

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Vacancy for Digital Library Developer at The London School of Economics and Political Science

Location: London, UK
Salary: £33,450 to £40,462 p.a. inclusive
Contract: Full-time, Open-ended
Closing date: 12 September 2014 at 23:59

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. The Library of LSE provides one of the best social science collections in any university – supporting the research and teaching of LSE as well as opening its doors to the wider world.

The Digital Library Developer is responsible, with a co-developer, for the development of the Digital Library, by managing, maintaining and growing the Digital Library’s infrastructure: its storage and preservation repository, middleware and web presence. The post-holder is therefore expected to be a “full stack developer”, able to develop and manage both the Digital Library’s underlying repository infrastructure (based on the Fedora repository technology) and the web presence that makes the Library’s materials and collections available.

You will have substantial knowledge and experience of a variety of programming languages. Of particular use will be Ruby in the Ruby on Rails environment, the language in which our repository middleware (Hydra) is written in. Also of vital importance will be front-end web development skills, as the post has an emphasis on further developing the Digital Library’s web presence, so knowledge of HTML5, Javascript and CSS will be very important. As well as programming skills, you will be experienced in developing documentation, providing technical expertise on web and library technologies, working with stakeholders in developing Digital Library and other library services, contributing to strategy and policy, and contributing to the broader work of the team and of the Library more generally.

This is a very exciting time for LSE Library Services with the ongoing development of our Digital Library to acquire, preserve and provide public access to digital collections, as well as the introduction of the Women’s Library @ LSE – Europe’s largest collection of material relating to the lives of women. The Digital Library is emerging as a sector leader in providing preservation and access for LSE’s digital collections, and this is an opportunity to contribute to this cutting-edge service and to the Library’s emerging digital scholarship strategy. The job will appeal to anyone interested in applying their computer programming and development skills to new challenges in the Museums, Libraries and Archives space.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Neil Stewart, Digital Library Manager, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In addition to a good salary the benefits that come with this job include a defined benefits pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

To apply for this post, please go to www.lse.ac.uk/JobsatLSE and select “Vacancies”. If you have any queries about applying on the online system, please e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it quoting reference 1432345.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 September 2014 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications. Interview date is 25 September 2014.


Scottish Council on Archives recruiting now for six paid traineeships

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6 paid work based traineeships for 'Opening up Scotland's Archives' project
Location: Glasgow, Edinburgh, East Lothian, Dundee
Closing date:  Tuesday 2 September 2014 at 9am

The Scottish Council on Archives is delighted to announce the launch of our exciting new Skills for the Future training project, ‘Opening up Scotland’s Archives’ starting in Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow and East Lothian.

This three year project presents a unique opportunity for paid trainees to contribute to the care and development of Scotland’s archival heritage. This is a call to create a more diverse workforce, attract new people and skills into archive services especially to work with communities, digital skills, social media and IT – essential to archives of the 21st century.

We are currently seeking applications from six people who may never have thought about a job in this area. Trainees will work with high profile organisations and collections, on real-life projects like commemorating World War 1, whilst learning new skills. They will help to bring the past to life for new audiences and ensure our documented national memory remains accessible to future generations.

Opening up Scotland’s Archives is part of the Skills for the Future training programme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Led by the Scottish Council on Archives in partnership with The National Archives (UK), the Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland and the University of Dundee Centre for Archives and Information Studies.

  • Please visit the website for further information on each of the traineeships and details on how to apply: http://www.scottisharchives.org.uk/sffrecruitment
  • We also need your help to promote the recruitment and would ask that you please pass details along to your colleagues, community groups and any other interested parties.



Vacancy at United Nations (New York) Information Management Officer

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Information Management Officer
Location: New York
Position type: full time temporary (6 months)
Salary: P-4 (approximately 88K USD per annum tax free)
Closing date: 31st July 2014

The United Nations Seeks to recruit a temporary Information Management Officer. Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Archives and Records Management Section, Office of Central Support Services, Department of Management, the Information Management Officer will perform the following duties:

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of a sub-Unit in line with Section work plans. Provide advice and assist in the formulation of the Unit and Section's strategic plan.
  • Develop and implement strategies, policies and procedures for the management of the United Nations archives and records. Lead implementation of strategies policies and procedures by initiating and overseeing archival improvement projects, in particular relating to digital preservation. Advise United Nations officials and staff on archival issues and practices.
  • Plan, organize, oversee, coordinate and evaluate all work on: acquisition, accessioning, arrangement and description, storage, preservation and conservation of archives, including digital archives.
  • Develop and implement strategies and tools for online public outreach and access to United Nations archives. Implement the Organisation's information security regime.
  • Provide advisory services Organisation-wide on recordkeeping practices; make recommendations relating to improvement and implementation strategies, resource requirements, file plans and retention schedules. Oversees organisation and maintenance of UN records, including disposal; identifies and protects vital records.
  • Assist the Section Chief in developing the Section’s plans for disaster preparedness, response and recovery and by monitoring archival repositories.
  • Carry out managerial responsibilities relating to Archives and Records Section compliance with administrative requirements relating to planning, budgeting, finance,contract management, human resources and facilities management.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Supervise one professional staff member and general service staff. Perform other duties as required.

For further details about the post and how to apply see the attached document.


Vacancy at Archives New Zealand: Digital Preservation Process Administrator

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Digital Preservation Process Administrator
Location: Wellington (New Zealand)
Position type: Full time, permnanent
Salary: IT Band G (64,479 - 87,236 NZD)
Closing date: 5pm, Sunday 27 July 2014 NZ / 6am Sunday 27 July 2014 U.K. time BST

  • Key opportunity to mix technical capability with strong business involvement
  • Leading-edge all-of-government initiative

Archives New Zealand has a statutory responsibility for the long-term storage, preservation and accessibility of digital records. Archives New Z ealand is transforming the way it conducts its business by developing the capability to transfer digital records and preserve them over the long term.

The primary focus for the Digital Preservation Process Administrator is to provide business-focused technical support and specialist advice in relation to digital repository hardware and software infrastructure; and to the ingest of digital content into the digital repository.

Our ideal candidate will have a strong technical background in system administration and be used to basic server management and diagnostics. The role supports the overall administration of the Ex Libris Rosetta digital preservation system and configuration, and involves collaboration with the National Library of New Zealand, our preservation partner within the Department of Internal Affairs,. The Digital Preservation Process Administrator supports deposits to the digital repository through the creation of business workflows, resolution and recording of issues relating to the ingest process, and provides technical assistance with preconditioning and preservation actions and analysis. The person in this role will work closely with a team which includes digital preservation and technical analysts, and with business staff managing transfers, restrictions and access.

We're looking for a team player with a strong background working with data repositories, ingest and system configuration and management. You'll have excellent problem solving, analysis and communication skills, and enjoy working with different parts of the business to make sure that our infrastructure and processes are running smoothly. This is a busy role, which requires good organisation skills and flexibility, as you'll deal with both well established and emerging processes. Experience in digital preservation management and/or Ex Libris Rosetta long-term preservation system is a distinct advantage.

In return, you'll get to work on an exciting, all-of-government digital preservation initiative, that will change the way New Zealanders interact with Government records.

  • For more information and a job description, go to: http://www.bfound.net/detail.aspx?jobId=124679&CoId=164&rq=3
  • For more information please contact: Antony Moss, Director Client Capability on +64 27 476 0361 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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