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Positions at British Library

From: Mehboob Mohamed <mehboob.mohamed<-a>
Date: Friday, July 1, 2005
Digital Preservation Manager, Collection Care
Digital Preservation Manager, Architecture and Development
Technical Architect
The British Library

Exciting and groundbreaking roles now available in the British
Library's new Digital Preservation Team.

The British Library is entering an exciting era; consolidating its
position at the forefront of digital developments in collecting,
delivering and archiving information. To do so, we are now creating
a cross-directorate team to build a centre of excellence for
practical digital preservation work, and calling upon specialists
within this field to apply.

The team will comprise of three new posts: a Technical Architect and
two Digital Preservation Managers. To reflect the inter-disciplinary
nature of digital preservation, two posts will work within the e-IS
directorate, Digital Preservation Manager (Architecture and
Development) and Technical Architect and one will work within the
Scholarship and Collections Directorate, Digital Preservation
Manager (Collection Care). e-IS is increasingly being seen as a
leader in digital object management, with strong peer relationships
around the world. Scholarship and Collections embraces the
stewardship and curation of the entire array of the BL's unique,
world-class collections.

The overall purpose of the digital preservation team is to ensure
that the British Library's digital collections are preserved for
future generations and that its statutory requirements are
fulfilled. It is essential that the members of the team work in a
collegial and cross-disciplinary way.

The Technical Architect has a focus on the technical aspects of
digital preservation. The post will have an internal focus on day to
day technical aspects of digital preservation and will work closely
with the BL systems teams. The Preservation Manager  based in
Scholarship and Collections will represent and champion the
preservation of all the digital collections across the British
Library. The Preservation Manager  based in e-IS will lead on
applied digital preservation research projects in collaboration with
external partners.

It's a great time to join the British Library in the field. Not only
will you be working for one of the UK's leaders in digital
preservation, you'll be leading it.

Finding new ways of preserving information for future generations.

    The British Library is one of the greatest research libraries in
    the world. Our new strategic agenda is consolidating our
    position at the forefront of international developments in
    collecting, delivering and archiving electronic information.

New positions for our Digital Preservation Team
London and Boston Spa

    We are now entering a unique and exciting period in our history.
    A new and groundbreaking challenge has been set to preserve our
    digitally-created content for future generations. We are seeking
    to form an elite team of three individuals. The team will
    develop and drive a centre of excellence that will set new
    standards of quality in practical digital preservation work in
    the UK, significantly advancing technical solutions for
    preserving digital material. It's a case of initiating, testing
    and validating new preservation concepts and software, as well
    as championing the importance of digital preservation and
    related issues across the organisation. Whichever role you apply
    for, you will see this as working in the most challenging,
    unchartered professional area in which you can make a
    significant difference . This is an outstanding chance to play a
    high profile role in preserving one of the most varied
    collections of digital content in the world.

Digital Preservation Managers
Collection Care (ref AH016705)
Architecture and Development (ref AH016805)
London or Boston Spa

    You will thrive on the recognition and responsibility of being
    the British Library's leading experts in this developing,
    specialist field. Both roles will require the selected
    candidates to make a major contribution to digital preservation
    strategy and policy, establish best practices and advise on the
    library's digital preservation activities. The Collection Care
    role will require you to represent the British Library's digital
    collections and champion their preservation. You will test and
    evaluate the Digital Object Management Programme and seek to
    establish partnerships with external organisations who are ready
    to help share the cost and risk of digital preservation. The
    Architecture and Development role offers the opportunity to
    advance the state-of-the-art in digital preservation technology
    and practice. You will be expected to identify, develop, and
    apply new technologies, as well as lead funded projects with
    research institutes, software vendors, and partners to jointly
    seek solutions. Both roles call for at least five years'
    experience in digital preservation or a related area.

Technical Architect
Boston Spa
cUKP27-UKP31k (ref AH016605)

    Reporting to the Digital Preservation Manager  within
    Architecture and Development, your focus will be on developing
    solutions that meet the British Library's technical needs. You
    will have a strong understanding of the technical aspects of
    digital preservation, and will use your knowledge and insight to
    ensure all projects and initiatives fulfil strategic
    requirements. To succeed in this role, it is essential you keep
    up-to-date with the latest digital preservation technology and
    practice. You will also need at least three years' experience in
    digital preservation or a related area.

All three roles call for a degree in Computing Science or equivalent
and good knowledge of the lifecycle management of digital material.

For an application pack and further details on how to apply, please

    People Media Response
    +44 20 7420 2080
    bl<-a t->peoplemedia< . >co< . >uk

quoting the relevant reference number and where you saw this advert.

Further information is available from

Overseas applicants are welcome to apply subject to normal
immigration controls.

Where appropriate relocation expenses may be discussed.

Closing date: 20 July 2005.

Interviews: Likely Aug 2, 2005, Aug 4, 2005  or soon after.

The Library has a strong competency-based performance management
programme that encourages the highest standards of service
innovation and professional development.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 19:4
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Received on Friday, 1 July, 2005

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