Job Purpose

To manage and develop Archives & Special Collections (ASC) digital preservation services, providing expert professional advice, and ensuring the long-term preservation and accessibility of ASC born digital collections.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversee, develop and maintain born digital collection management policies and procedures (accession, appraisal, description, and preservation) in line with strategic objectives and professional and technical standards.
  2. Advise and liaise with the teams across Information Services to develop interoperability between digital preservation systems and other University systems, such as ASC collection management systems, research management systems, and electronic document management systems.
  3. Work collaboratively and co-operatively with Archives & Special Collections colleagues and colleagues across the University, to ensure the processing of born digital collections in line with ASC standards and internal procedures.
  4. Use specialist knowledge and expertise to develop services for users of born digital collections to ensure the achievement of strategic objectives.
  5. Plan the ongoing development of the digital preservation service, including technology watch, risk assessment, and testing of new tools and preservation actions.
  6. Assess and advocate for appropriate long-term preservation of the University's born digital records.
  7. Work with the Business Archives Surveying Officer to promote the digital preservation of business collections, particularly those selected for retention as part of the Scottish Business Archive.
  8. Develop and maintain knowledge and understanding of digital preservation issues through involvement in appropriate networks, and share this knowledge across Archives & Special Collections, Information Services and the University.
  9. Undertake prioritised projects to support ASC's activities towards Information Services strategic plan.


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