Digital and Special Collections Archivist

  • Company:
    Art Gallery of NSW
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    5 hours ago
  • Category:
  • Temporaryup to 2.5 years – 35 hours per week
  • Sydney CBD – The Domain
  • Librarian/ArchivistGrade 2
  • Total Remuneration Package upto $110,913
  • Salaryrange ($88,184 to $100,056)
  • Establishedin 1871, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is located in Sydney’s The Domainadjacent to the Royal Botanic Garden and near the Central Business District. TheGallery acknowledges the original custodians of this land – the Gadigal peopleof the Eora nation. The Gallery attracts around 1.4 million visitors annuallyand runs Australia’s largest education program with over 90,000 student andteacher visits per year.

    With therecent approval of our expansion project, the Gallery is poised to deliver anew state-of-the-art building, located next to our existing and much-lovedbuilding. Providing us with close to double the current exhibition space, theexpanded Gallery will enable us to share more art with more people and providemore family, learning and educational programming for all our audiences. Concurrentrefurbishments to our existing building will also provide a new home for theGallery’s National Art Archive.

    The National Art Archive is the mostsignificant collection of original archival material on the visual arts inAustralia. It includes the Gallery’s Institutional Archive, dating back to1871, along with the collected archives of over 400 artists, commercialgalleries, art societies, art historians, curators and collectors. The NationalArt Archive is a diverse and important record of visual culture and art making acrossAustralia and increasingly includes audio-visual and born-digital content

    To help usachieve our ambition, we are seeking diverse, collaborative, supportive andbrilliant individuals to work alongside our existing talent and build onour rich history to create an even more inspiring Gallery for the future.

    For more information about the Gallery and our future, pleasevisit our website

    Our commitment to diversity

    We are committed to building a diverse, inclusive and flexibleworkforce and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres StraitIslander people, people from diverse cultures and people with a disability.

    Aboutthe Role  

    Thisrole will ensure that digital, audio-visual and photographic archives of theNational Art Archive are well-managed for long-term preservation and made moreaccessible through digital platforms and on-site for gallery staff, researchersand the interested public. The Digital and Special Collections Archivistwill be a key team member contributing to the 3-year Digital PreservationProject beginning in 2020.

    For more information about the roleplease view the role description and information for applicants or call thenominated contact person listed in the advertisement.

    What technical / soft skills yourequire

  • Relevant tertiary qualificationsand substantial experience working with born digital collections.
  • Experience in the principles andpractices of contemporary archiving and in the use and development of library/archive/collectionmanagement systems.
  • Strong awareness and understandingof international standards and best practice for digital collecting andstandards for the management of born digital material.
  • Practical experience in the use ofsystems, databases, online tools, hardware and applications to preserve digitalcollections.
  • Targeted questions

  • A prominent gallery, which has been a pioneer in showcasingexperimental art forms since the 1960s, including video, performance and, morerecently, digital art, is about to close and is seeking a suitable home for itsarchive. This includes traditional paper records, along with films, videos,audio recordings and many other formats. For the last 10 years the Gallery’sbusiness records have also been digitally archived. What factors would youconsider in appraising this archive for possible acquisition? (300words).
  • You have been assigned a small archivalcollection of 30 CD-ROMS from the 1990s containing interactive filmand games. How would youapproach the archiving /preservation of this collection? (300 words)?
  • Provide an example of when you have workedwith a cross disciplinary team to develop processes and standardsrelating to a digital preservation initiative. What were the mainchallenges faced and how did you overcome them? (300 words)?
  • Part of the assessment process may include additional online capability testing, skillstesting or work samples in accordance with the new Government Sector EmploymentAct 2013, therefore you may be contacted to participate.

    The successful applicant will be required toundertake a National Police Records Check, refer to link;


    If you require further details about this role, please contact Steven Miller, Headof the National Art Archive +61 2 9225 1762

    Applicationsmust be lodged electronically via the website. Applications submittedvia email will not be accepted.

    Closing datefor applications: 21 August 2020 11.59 pm