8 February 2024

CLOCKSS seeks consultancy support to help us systematically identify, assess, and document an array of collection management challenges and to resolve these in partnership with the CLOCKSS community. These challenges were rare but are growing in frequency and number now that the archive is 15 years old, and the volume of content made available for post-disappearance access grows.

CLOCKSS is a dark archive which means that we do not make content accessible until a trigger event occurs. This typically involves the closure of a journal or disappearance of the publisher. After investigation, we bring content that has disappeared from the web out of the dark archive and make it bright by making it available in perpetuity under an Open Access license (https://clockss.org/triggered-content/).

This is an exciting project that will help contribute to the preservation of human knowledge for future generations. Tenacity, ingenuity, and excellent collections management skills are essential as is experience with collections management in an academic library or digital archive context. Highly desirable would be experience with policy setting and an understanding of the spectrum of scholarly publishers and research integrity issues.

The ability to work effectively independently and in collaboration with colleagues, the broader international CLOCKSS community, and our strategic partners is essential. This project is focused on policy setting then implementation, and so requires an individual or team able to think strategically at a high level and then follow through with attention to detail.

The consultant can be based in any time zone as long as you can work effectively with global colleagues who are at present primarily located in the Americas and Europe. We anticipate an effort equivalent to .5 FTE will be required in the first instance.


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