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This is a job advertisement which will appear in the next SofA newsletter
and on some other lists.  If you are interested, please feel free to call me
to discuss.

Public Record Office - Kew
Access to Archives Programme

The Access to Archives programme is a new initiative which will establish
electronic access to the archives of England by making catalogues of local
and central records of a national or regional significance available on the
World Wide Web within two years.  The Programme is run by a partnership of
the PRO, British Library and Historical Manuscripts Commission    It has a
steering group which contains representatives of those bodies, plus the
National Council on Archives, the Society of Archivists, ACALG and archives
of science.

Under the programme catalogues from local and national record offices will
undergo retroconversion.  They will then be loaded onto a central server and
made available over the world wide web as a coherent whole.  Electronic or
paper copies of the catalogues will be returned to the contributing archive
offices.  The central operation  overall control, editorial supervision,
enforcement of standards, management of the retroconversion programme,
development of the web site and search engine - will be housed at the PRO
and funded by the Treasury.  The cost of retroconversion of local catalogues
will be funded locally mainly through applications to the Heritage Lottery
Fund from consortia of record offices.

We are seeking three highly motivated professionals to join our Access to
Archives team keen to make a contribution to the overall success of the
Programme.  The posts are offered on a Fixed Term Appointment basis to the
end of March 2002.  The posts may be extended or made permanent as
determined by the PRO.  Applications for secondments are also welcome.


Regional Liaison Co-ordinator c25,000

We are seeking a motivated individual to take on the role of regional
liaison co-ordinator to work in conjunction with local record offices and
regional archive councils to ensure the overall success of the Access to
Archives Programme.  The Programme aims to deliver at least 8 million
catalogue entries for English archives on the web by April 2002.

Are you our ideal candidate?
* Excellent interpersonal and teamworking skills
* Considerable experience of cataloguing in an automated environment
* A general knowledge of archive automation issues, including EAD and
ISAD(G)
* Ability to gain the confidence of the English archival community
* Very good presentation and negotiation skills

A knowledge of producing applications for Lottery Funding and a good
awareness of English archival framework are desirable.

The job will involve a reasonable amount of travelling within England.


Senior Editor c31,000

We are seeking a senior editor to co-ordinate the retroconversion process
and to liaise with both the local providers of material and the offshore
keying house to ensure the overall success of the Access to Archives
Programme.

Do you have what it takes?
* Excellent interpersonal skills
* Considerable hands on experience of archival cataloguing in an automated
environment
* Good technical knowledge of archive automation issues, including EAD and
ISAD(G)
* Ability to gain the confidence of the English archival community and
offshore keying house
* Self motivation, staff management skills and training experience
* Archival qualification or several years' experience of archival work

Experience of contract management and hands on experience of producing
content for the world wide web are desirable.


Editor c22,000

We are seeking an editor to undertake hands-on work on lists for
retroconversion.  The post will involve marking up material for despatch to
the offshore keying house, checking electronic version of texts against
original paper versions, uploading data to the web site, liaison with
software developers and provision of advice and guidance to colleagues in
local record offices.  Some travel within England may be required.

You will ideally have:
* Excellent interpersonal and teamworking skills
* Considerable hands-on experience of cataloguing in an automated
environment
* Awareness of archive automation issues, including EAD and ISAD(G)
* Good communication skills and self motivation
* Archival qualification or several years' experience of archival work

An Archival qualification and hands on experience of producing content for
the world wide web are desirable.


In return we offer an excellent package including a non-contributory pension
scheme, childcare voucher facilities and a generous leave allowance.

For an application form (CVs not accepted) please contact the Personnel
Department, PRO, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU, 0208 876 3444 ext. 2563 or
e-mail [log in to unmask]

Closing date:  Friday, 14 April, 2000

For more information about the PRO visit our web site http://www.pro.gov.uk

The Public Record Office is an equal opportunities employer.


David Thomas

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work 0208 392 5236
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David Thomas

home 01923 773113
mobile 0973 216 390
work 0208 392 5236
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