Assistant Archivist, Sir Denis Mahon Library & Archive, National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland is seeking to appoint a full-time assistant archivist with the Sir Denis Mahon Library & Archive on a 12 month fixed-term contract. Assistant Keeper II Salary scale (PPC): €30,987 pa. The closing date for receipt of applications is 27 June 2019.

The National Gallery of Ireland (Gallery) is the country's most popular free visitor attraction housing the nation's collection of European and Irish art from about 1300 to the present day, and an extensive Library & Archive. Nominated for European Museum of the Year (2018), and winner of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Culture-Public Building award (2018), the Gallery continues its mission of serving our visitors in their enrichment and enjoyment of visual art. Entry to the collection is free for all to enjoy, learn and be inspired. The National Gallery of Ireland holds extensive library and archive collections relating to art from early times to the present day. These collections play a valuable role supporting the work of the Gallery and are regularly consulted by artists, students, scholars and academics, art dealers and collectors and members of the public.

In 2010, the scholar and collector of Italian baroque art, Sir Denis Mahon gifted his personal library and archive to the Gallery. This consists of correspondence and academic notes; a fototeca of photographs, prints and glass plate negatives; papers concerned with his work and lobbying activity on behalf of the arts; family papers, furniture, silver, works of art and other objects. Supported by the Sir Denis Mahon Charitable Trust, the Gallery wishes to recruit an Assistant Archivist to support the processing and provision of access to archive collections. Reporting to the Archivist and working as part of the Library and Archive team, the successful candidate will:

 Continue processing the Sir Denis Mahon archive
 Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures which will ensure the long term preservation of and access to the Sir Denis Mahon collection
 Identify material requiring conservation work
 Catalogue onto archive management system (CALM) and other in-house systems, as appropriate, in accordance with relevant standards
 Support the provision of online access to the Sir Denis Mahon Archive and the development of a web presence
 Support and contribute to the promotion of archive collections
 Assist with reader services and deal with enquiries
 Actively contribute to the general development of the Library & Archive Department and support day-to-day operations
 Carry out other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned
The successful candidate will demonstrate the appropriate experience as outlined below:
 A recognised post-graduate qualification in archival studies and a degree in art history, history or related discipline
 Experience working in an archive, library or related environment
 Advanced IT skills including knowledge of computerised applications for archive management and will have ideally used CALM archive management system
 A familiarity with descriptive standards General International Standard Archival Description (ISADG) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and experience using controlled vocabularies
 Good knowledge of current and emerging trends in the management of archive collections relating to art
Skills, Talent and Abilities:
 Work effectively on collaborative projects coupled with an ability to manage a large workload, prioritise tasks and meet deadlines
 Excellent communication, interpersonal and advocacy skills
 Strong interest in the provision of access to collections, public engagement, and the promotion of archive collections online
 A demonstrated interest in art library and archive collections
 An awareness of data protection, copyright and other legal areas relating to special collections

Note: This job description is a guide to broad areas of responsibility and accountability and should not be regarded as a comprehensive listing. The job description may be subject to review in the light of new structures and/or the changing needs of the NGI.

Grade and Salary: Salary is in accordance with the point 1 of the Assistant Keeper II Salary scale (PPC), currently €30,987 per annum effective from 1st January 2019.

The successful candidate must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends (as required).

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