Senior Digital Preservation Specialist

State Library Victoria
VIC - Metro
Closing Date
Tue, 01st November 2022
Position Type
Full Time
$114,830 - $125,735 + 10.5% superannuation
VIC - Metro

Our vision is of a library for all in a changing world. 

  • Ongoing full-time role  
  • Based in our state-of-the-art cultural institution 
  • Attractive VPS 5.2 salary between $114,830 - $125,735 + 10.5% superannuation 


About the opportunity 

The Senior Digital Preservation Specialist supports the creation of policies and an overarching framework for digital preservation at the Library. The role will support the creation, operationalising, and monitoring of digital preservation standard operating procedures. The Specialist will have sound knowledge of contemporary digital preservation practices and apply that knowledge to the creation of a digital preservation framework to ensure robust, scalable, and stable mechanisms are developed to ensure the long-term safekeeping of digital collections.  


The Senior Digital Preservation Specialist is accountable for the following measurable outcomes:

·         Creating, operationalising, and monitoring the implementation of a digital preservation framework and relevant policies for the Library

·         Operationalising and overseeing the use of the FRED forensic data workstation to maximise its benefit

·         Supporting the creation of standard operating procedures that incorporate the delivery of innovative solutions to ensure the long-term safekeeping of digital assets.

For more information about the role, please refer to the position description. 


About you 


·         Understanding of principles of system integration and knowledge of scripting languages (desirable)

·         Familiarity with standard file formats used for digital data (e.g. JPG, TIFF, WAV, PDF), the PREMIS framework, the OAIS model, preservation utilities such as JHOVE and DROID, and metadata standards such as XML, MARC, Dublin Core, METS, and EAD

·         Relevant tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline, e.g. Information Systems, database management.  (desirable)

·         State Library Victoria is a child-safe organisation. A valid Working with Children Check will be required before commencing.

State Library Victoria promotes a workplace that actively seeks to welcome and value the unique contributions of all people. We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, people from cultural and linguistical diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQ+ and people of all ages and abilities to apply. 


Culture and benefits 

We are committed to developing and supporting a high performing workforce and an inclusive work environment. We offer attractive rewards and benefits to employees, including: 

  • Competitive salary and 10.5% superannuation 
  • Career advancement opportunities across a range of disciplines including information management, conservation, preservation, digitisation, curatorship, philanthropy, communications, information technology, strategy, policy, governance, finance and procurement, human resources and more 
  • Transparent performance framework that allows you to approach your work with confidence in how you are tracking, working to professional development plans agreed on by you and your manager 
  • Professional development opportunities including assignment and secondment opportunities, internal and external learning opportunities and Victorian Public Sector employee networks (e.g. diversity & inclusion groups, new ways of working group, etc) 
  • Generous leave entitlements including 20 days of annual leave, 18 days of paid personal leave, 16 weeks of paid parental leave, purchased leave, study leave, multicultural leave, family violence leave and more 
  • Flexible working arrangements including changes in hours of work, patterns of work and work area 
  • Salary packaging including salary sacrifice arrangements 
  • Discount on public transport 
  • Comprehensive health and wellbeing programs including discount on private health insurance, employee assistance program and annual flu vaccination 

Find out more about our inclusion, diversity and access initiatives. 


About us 

State Library Victoria is overseen by Creative Victoria, part of the Victorian Government's Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, and reports to the Minister for Creative Industries. 

It is Australia's oldest public library. Over more than 160 years, we have collected almost 5.5 million items including books, manuscripts, serials, photographs, artworks, maps and ephemera. Each year we add more than 70,000 heritage items to the Library's rich collection. 

We strengthen communities and inspire participation with a full calendar of free exhibitions, events, talks, workshops and children's programming every season. 

Our staff are passionate, motivated, professional, welcoming and proud to work in one of Melbourne's most prized architectural jewels and best-loved cultural icons. We treasure our rich heritage and collection, and are excited by the Library's future as a place that inspires possibilities for all Victorians. 

Find out more about our values, goals and strategy. 


COVID-19 vaccination information 

State Library Victoria is committed to providing and maintaining a safe work environment that is without risk to the health of its employees. This means applying all current health directions. As a result, successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccination or medical exemption prior to commencement. 


How to apply 

Please click the Apply button to submit your application via Careers.Vic, attaching the following documents: 


Cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarising how you meet the key selection criteria in the position description 



For a confidential discussion, please contact Toni Burton on (03) 8664 7368 or email 

We want all applicants to have an equal opportunity to demonstrate that they are the best person for the job. If you require an adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please contact our People team on (03) 8664 7258 or 

Applications close Australian Eastern Standard Time 11:59pm 1 November 2022 



Toni Burton

(03) 8664 7368 or

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