** Apologies for cross-postings ** 
Are you looking for challenging opportunity in digital preservation - or do you know someone who is? We are pleased to post this digital preservation specialist position. The person in this position would work with  the digital preservation team at ICPSR, including the workshop instructors  at Michigan and beyond, on developing the next stages of the Digital Preservation Management workshop series  (http://www.library.cornell.edu/iris/dpworkshop/) Anne Kenney and I developed the workshop series with a team at Cornell University Library, and we are moving the workshop to ICPSR at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. We will be developing a train-the-trainer program and a set of 1-day and 2-day topical worksjops, as well as offering four more of the 5-day workshops over the next 2 or so years (we hope the next 5-day workshop will be in October 2008 - we will announce the dates separately).  We are working with organizations in the UK, Australia, Africa, and across the US to extend the network of providers and the instructors for the workshop series.  The posting will be open until March 4.


Please circulate this announcement to anyone you know who might be interested. We are looking for someone who  has gotten a start  in and has an interest in digital preservation, who enjoys (or thinks they might  enjoy) presenting as an instructor, who is enthusiastic about digital preservation and curation, and who would like to be part of a team that is tracking what's happening in  digital preservation research and development.  See the bottom of the announcement to get more information about applying for the position.


Nancy McGovern

Digital Preservation Officer, ICPSR

Director, Digital Preservation Management Workshop series  



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Digital Preservation Specialist

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), established in 1962, is an integral part of the international infrastructure of social science research. ICPSR's unique combination of data resources, user support, and training in quantitative methods make it a vital resource for fostering inquiry and furthering the social sciences. ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. A unit within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, ICPSR is a membership-based organization, with over 600 member colleges and universities around the world. A Council of leading scholars and data professionals guides and oversees the activities of ICPSR.


ICPSR offers a work environment that is a combination of the best aspects of a small non-profit or business, established within a university setting. ICPSR is small enough that each person can make a difference, yet large enough to offer a variety of career opportunities. We have a relaxed, collegial atmosphere that fosters communication and networking within and between departments. We are family-friendly, offering flexibility with work hours, and we have a diverse staff that enriches the workplace with their skills and experience. ICPSR offers a competitive total compensation package providing full access to the University of Michigan benefits. More information can be found about ICPSR at www.icpsr.umich.edu.


Position Summary

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) seeks to appoint a Digital Preservation Specialist to serve primarily as project manager for a two-year project to deliver, extend, and maintain the Digital Preservation Management workshop curriculum and tutorial. This position will report to the Digital Preservation Officer (the Project Director for the Digital Preservation Management Workshop) to assist with the management and extension of the digital preservation program at ICPSR.


Project Coordination

·         Serve as project manager for a two-year project that will extend and maintain the Digital Preservation Management workshop curriculum, including coordinating all arrangements for workshops and controlling the curriculum documentation

·         Assist the Project Director with grant administration by drafting project reports and tracking the workshop budget

·         Maintain the schedule for workshops and instructors

·         Supervise the work of the administrative support staff and the student assistants for the workshop team


Outreach Support and Instruction Activities

·         Contribute to the development of workshop curriculum modules and other training components on digital preservation and related topics

·         Serve as an instructor for the workshop series by developing presentations on specific topics

·         Coordinate with other workshop instructors on curriculum module development and presentation

·         Represent the project and the digital preservation program through presentations and papers at relevant conferences and meetings, and contribute to articles for digital preservation and other journals


Research and Policy Support

·         Participate in ICPSR's ongoing monitoring of digital preservation and technological developments for the workshop curriculum and for the ICPSR digital preservation program

·         Assist the Digital Preservation Officer and participate in the digital preservation program by reviewing and maintaining ICPSR's digital preservation policies

·         Contribute to the ongoing digital preservation research program at ICPSR

·         Assist ICPSR with the development of proposals and applications for external funding to support both research into digital preservation and operational activities

·         Assist with other research and operational activities as needed


*This is a term limited 2 year appointment*


For more information

There is an online application process.  The University of Michigan Web site has the full job description and information on applying. 


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Select “Employment” then “Job Postings” then “External Candidates…Job Search

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The posting should come up using either “15973” or “digital preservation”

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If you have questions about the position, please email me at: [log in to unmask]   Please note that I am travelling Feb 11-15 and Feb 23-March 3.