13 January 2019

Canterbury, UK

Grade 6: £27,830 - £32,236 p/a

Fixed Term


The University of Kent is seeking an experienced, highly motivated individual with excellent communication skills to contribute to Collection Management activities within IS Library Collections, covering an 8 month fixed term maternity period.

The Digital Archivist will specialise in the digital preservation of Special Collections and Archives materials to support the long term preservation and use of these collections in teaching, learning and research activities. The role will also focus on developing and maintaining collections information, on discovery and access, and supporting collection care activities for special collections and archives.

As a Digital Archivist you will:

  • Develop and refine workflows for complex digital migration, applying standards and understanding needs of stakeholders
  • Manage or assist with digital curation projects in conjunction with curation & discovery manager and special collections & archives
  • Assist in assessment and appraisal of existing collections and potential acquisitions, and produce estimates of resources required for their management, giving advice on conservation, preservation, digital quality and IPR issues
  • Advise users on IPR and copyright issues related to collections, in a way that is consistent with copyright law and university guidelines
  • Assist in the interpretation and translation of metadata and data between library, archive and research information systems and contribute to the development of discovery interfaces and web resources to aid discovery of collections
  • Line manage one Library Assistant, and supervise library staff, irregular workers and volunteers, to maintain appropriate service levels and deliver projects within the Information Services Operational Plan

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Education to graduate level or equivalent professional experience
  • Postgraduate and/or professional qualification in Archives Management or a related discipline, or equivalent experience working in library, archive, or information unit
  • Experience in the implementation of strategic plans, and in the management and provision of special collections or archives or library services
  • Knowledge of cataloguing and record management standards in use in special collections and archives
  • Knowledge and experience of using Collection Management Systems and/or archival or repository systems
  • Experience of working with digitisation, including familiarity with metadata standards for digital records

Information Services is comprised of four sections: Customer Support, Library Collections and IT Development together directly support almost all areas of University activity, and the Planning and Administration section supports the work of the department.

A strong emphasis is placed on user support and all provision is targeted as closely as possible to user needs. In line with the University’s strategic direction on information management, further emphasis is now being placed on the importance of increased electronic information provision, with a view to making more effective provision in some areas and developing new provision in others.

Interviews are to be held: w/c 21 January 2019

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