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Digital Curator

Employer: University of Kent
Location: Canterbury
Salary: £31,644 - £36,661 per annum
Published Date: 19 Sep 2013
Status: Open ended contract
Ref: OTR0748

Job Description

The Role

The Digital Curator is responsible for ensuring that the University’s extensive library collections can be found, accessed and used to advance scholarship across and between disciplines. The post holder will also lead the development of our capacity and capability in digital content curation and create effective, sustainable strategies for systematic digitisation of physical content.

In the rapidly changing information landscape, this role will help us to position the University to contribute to, exploit and realise benefits from the emerging linked data and open data movements. The post holder will lead, support and develop a talented and highly committed team to maximise opportunities presented by these changes.

The Person

We’re looking for a forward thinking, creative and technically competent person who enjoys working across teams and is comfortable prioritising a varied and complex workload to complete tasks to agreed deadlines. Confident handling printed books, manuscripts, digitised material and born digital collections you will have an in-depth knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques and trends in metadata models, archival theory and concepts and digital preservation.

As an effective communicator and eager collaborator; you will employ a consultative approach to planning, implementing and delivering projects and initiatives.

With a strong focus on the rare and distinctive collections of national importance held by the University, you will apply your experience and understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented in curating digital and physical content and associated metadata so it can be found and used by our students and academics and enable harvesting of content and metadata by external services to reach new audiences. You will have strategies for recognising, understanding and harnessing changes in information culture and the technological environment. The Digital Curator will ensure that connections can be made between content in our different collections, the experts who can support effective use and exploitation of this content and our learning, teaching and research community.

The Department

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 & 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.
Website: www.kent.ac.uk/is/who  


Closing date for applications: 11 Oct 2013
Interviews are to be held: 05 Nov 2013

Applications must be made online via the University website; details sent directly via email cannot be considered.
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