Curation & Discovery Manager

University of Kent - Information Services

Information Services are seeking to recruit a Curation & Discovery Manager who will have strategic responsibility for:

  • Curation of digital materials created by the University of Kent.
  • Digital discovery of the library collections.
  • Access to all digital materials in the library collections.
  • Curation of all special collections and archives materials.

You will provide professional and technical leadership to optimise the discovery, curation and re-use of the University of Kent’s collections in support of engagement, teaching and research excellence. This role will help us to realise our ambition to be a centre of excellence in the distributed modern archives network we hope to establish.

As a Curation & Discovery Manager you will:

  • Work with the Assistant Director, Library Collections, Head of Collection Management and collection owners to set the strategic direction for curation and discovery and to ensure the effective delivery to realise the vision.
  • Provide effective leadership of curation and discovery activity, including preservation and discoverability, for the support of learning and teaching, research and cultural and artistic activities.
  • Ensure that all the University of Kent’s collections are digitally discoverable through the creation and maintenance of appropriate metadata.

To succeed in this role you will:

  • Be educated to graduate level or equivalent/experience and have a Post graduate and/or professional qualification in archives, information, knowledge or records management or equivalent experience.
  • Significant experience of staff management - an ability to motivate staff and to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of curation and discovery services and a proven track record in the implementation of strategic plans curation and discovery.

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 and Administration section supports the work of the department.

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It’s an exciting time to be working at the University of Kent – we are a leading UK university producing world-class research and excellent teaching. Our reputation as a good place to work is reflected in our top ranking in the THE Best University Workplace Survey for two years running. We are a major employer with around 3,000 staff from over 120 countries, including more than 900 academic and research staff, and a full range of commercial services and administration staff.

Interviews are to be held: 13 November 2017.

Please press the apply button below to go to the university's website where you can view the full job description and also apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: OTR1769.

Please note - applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly and explicitly address the requirements of the Person specification and you should provide clear evidence and examples in your application which back-up any assertions you make in relation to each criterion. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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