Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Te Rau Herenga O Aotearoa

17/139 Digital Collecting Specialist

Type: Permanent
Hours: Full time
Location: Wellington
Business Group: National Library
Branch: Information and Knowledge Services
Salary: $59,265 - $80,182

Do you want to apply your IT expertise to collecting New Zealand's published digital heritage for current and future generations? This is a developing role where you will be able to really make a difference to how the National Library collects digital publications.

We are looking for someone with an understanding of the digital environment who can help us to develop and utilise smart ways of acquiring, ingesting and making available the electronic published heritage of New Zealand.

The primary purpose of the Digital Collecting Specialist is to support the efficient acquisition and description of digital content deposited by publishers or collected from the Internet.

You will:

  • Assist with publications being ingested from the public Internet and from direct transfers from depositors into the National Digital Heritage Archive (NDHA)
  • Develop stable ingest mechanisms for the bulk ingest of digital content, utilising existing APIs and in-house systems
  • Train and support staff in the transition of new ingest mechanisms to business-as-usual
  • Identify and utilise sources of metadata to populate descriptive records
  • Develop and maintain policy and process documentation
  • An understanding of metadata standards, content repositories and catalogues, together with knowledge of Internet technologies is required.  You will also need experience with coding language (Python strongly preferred), and a good working knowledge of text encodings and APIs

 A tertiary qualification in information technology is required, or being able to demonstrate an equivalent level of experience in this field.

If this sounds like you, we would like to hear from you!

Applications close: 5PM, Monday 24 April 2017
For more information please contact: Linda Hall on 04 470 4451 or

Closing date: 
Monday, April 24, 2017
Department of Internal Affairs
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