28 September 2018


€23,107 p/a


The Chester Beatty Library

The Chester Beatty contains a world famous collection of manuscripts, prints, miniature paintings, early printed books and objects d’art from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The Collection is principally focused on the written word and its associated painted and printed images.

The Chester Beatty is one of Ireland’s national cultural institutions. It is a public charitable trust established under the will of the late Sir Alfred Chester Beatty and is governed by a Board of Trustees.  Our mission is to maintain and preserve the Museum’s collections and to make them available in the most appropriate ways for the use and enjoyment of the public and for scholarly study and research, in order to promote a wider appreciation and understanding of the international cultural heritage embodied in the collections and to foster relations between Ireland and the peoples whose cultures are represented in the collections.

For more information on the Chester Beatty, its holdings and a full schedule of events and activities please visit www.cbl.ie.

Summary Job Purpose

Led by the Head of Digital and directly reporting to the Digital Curator, the Digital Services Assistant will be responsible for the delivery of Chester Beatty images and appropriate licences to a variety of end users.

In the lifetime of our current Strategic Plan 2016-2020, the Library is committed to making the Collections available online. Hand-in-hand with this is the in-house digitisation of the collections, which is currently underway. In addition to creating and preserving digital content, the Museum will seek to make this content available in the most accessible and appropriate ways, given its resources.

The Chester Beatty is a collaborative organisation and the global nature of the collections is reflected in our multicultural and intercultural programming. The successful candidate will be an energetic and self-motivated individual with a passion for the arts and excellent interpersonal skills. S/he will form part of a small but dynamic team with the flexibility to adapt to the Museum’s constantly changing environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage photographic and reproduction rights requests, from initial contact to image and license delivery
  • Co-ordinate new digital imagery orders for external & internal use
  • Catalogue new and existing photographs via the Digital Assets Management System (Extensis Portfolio) and Collections Management Databases (Adlib)
  • Support the ingest of new digital images into the Goobi Viewer online repository system
  • Support the implementation of the organisation’s colour management system through the calibration of devices
  • Edit digital images, co-ordinate caption entries and manage delivery of content for display through a number of online platforms
  • Advise staff on copyright issues in relation to both CBL and non-CBL images
  • Provide images for press, publicity, CBL Social Media, and CBL publications as required
  • Assist with website updates, as required
  • Participate in the Museum’s digitisation projects, including the development of policies and strategies for same
  • Support the application of the digital workflow management tool (Goobi) and its associated online digital repository (Goobi Viewer), in both its day to day use as well as in the implementation of new organisational workflows
  • Assist with both internal and external digitisation initiatives and activities
  • Train staff in the use of DAMS and other relevant software and provide support to individual users when necessary
  • Other relevant duties assigned to you from time to time by Management.

Required Skills


  • Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline in the Arts, Humanities or Information Sciences
  • Proficiency in MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, image editing and experience working with DAMS or similar database systems
  • Demonstrated ability to work accurately and pay attention to detail
  • A proven flexible approach, ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and on own initiative
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate diplomatically and effectively at all levels, both internally and with external contacts
  • An interest in and commitment to the work of the Chester Beatty
  • Museum/library/archive collections handling experience


  • Additional qualifications or experience in related fields, museology, archives, librarianship or collections management
  • Experience working in the museum/arts sector
  • Knowledge of Irish and EU copyright legislation and associated systems
  • Working knowledge of Adlib or a comparable collections management system
  • Working knowledge of the Goobi digital workflow management system
  • Knowledge of the collections of the Chester Beatty
  • Experience of providing training to colleagues
  • Additional language skills


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