30 November 2017

Dublin, Ireland

€43,300 - €57,599

Fixed Term

A 30-month special purpose contract for a Digital Archivist with specific responsibility for the Atlantic Philanthropies Archives Project at the Digital Repository of Ireland.

The Royal Irish Academy

The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann is a publicly funded institution established for the promotion of learning in the sciences and humanities throughout Ireland. The Academy was founded by Royal Charter in 1785. Membership is by election and is open to people who have attained distinction in scholarship as evidenced by their published work. At its inception the Academy had 88 members; now there are over 460, divided almost equally between the sciences and the humanities and social sciences. The Academy maintains a network of committees representing specialist disciplines; through these committees it represents Irish scholarship internationally. The Academy’s home is Academy House, a historic building in the centre of Dublin, which houses a library of international importance, provides a forum for academic conferences and accommodates the great majority of the Academy’s administrative, library and research staff.

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI)

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is the national trusted digital repository for Ireland's social and cultural data. The repository links together and preserves both historical and contemporary data held by Irish institutions, providing a central internet access point and interactive multimedia tools. As a national e-infrastructure for the future of education and research in the humanities and social sciences, DRI is available for use by the public, students and scholars. Originally awarded €5.2M from the Higher Education Authority PRTLI Cycle 5 to build the repository and research centre, DRI is funded from 2017 via the Department of Education and Skills. DRI has also received awards from Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish Research Council, The European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), Horizon 2020, and Atlantic Philanthropies. DRI is supported by a network of academic, cultural, social, and industry partners, including the National Library of Ireland (NLI), the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) and RTÉ. For more information see www.dri.ie

Post Summary

This is a 30-month special purpose contract for a Digital Archivist with specific responsibility for the Atlantic Philanthropies Archives Project at the Digital Repository of Ireland. The successful candidate will be a core member of DRI staff, and is responsible for developing guidelines, collection structures, ingest schedules and metadata policies for the project, as well as for the hands-on creation of metadata and ingestion of digital objects into the DRI. The successful candidate should be in a position by 1 February 2018.

Key Accountabilities

  • Reporting to the DRI Director and working closely with the Atlantic Archives Project Lead, DRI Digital Archivist, and other members of DRI staff to deliver a successful and timely project.
  • Maintaining and developing relationships and workflows with project partners at Cornell University Libraries and Atlantic Philanthropies 
  • Hands-on digital asset preparation, metadata annotation, data ingestion into the DRI repository, data and metadata format shifting
  • Collaborating with the Project Lead to develop exhibitions based on Atlantic Archival materials, and to support related events.
  • Interfacing with DRI staff (from technical through policy and education) for skills and expertise exchange
  • Any other duties as assigned

Essential Criteria

  • A degree level qualification in library, information, archival studies or a related discipline
  • Skills and expertise in more than one of the following: archives and libraries, digital preservation, digital curation, metadata, content management and organisation, digital access and access rights,
  • Experience working with at least one of: Dublin Core, MARC 21, MODs, EAD
  • Experience preparing digital assets, metadata annotation, data and metadata format shifting and manipulation, data ingestion, copyright clearance
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced environment and to deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to operate flexibly as a member of this cross-disciplinary team.

Desirable Criteria

  • Postgraduate qualification in library, information or archival studies or a related discipline
  • Understanding of Ireland and Northern Ireland’s social, political and economic environment in from the mid-1980s to the present
  • Understanding of website functionality and skill in online exhibition development
  • Experience organising public events
  • Basic understanding of application programming interfaces (APIs)
  • Demonstrable skills in report/guideline writing, editing


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