Birmingham Archives and Heritage skills gap analysis

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Activity Role Skill Resource and issues
Strategic direction for digital preservation and access Senior Library and Archives Managers Some Awareness of the issues but need to raise profile across the senior team.  Need to draw on pre-existing knowledge and skills which are there but scattered across the team.
Developing and maintaining digitisation preservation strategies Senior Archivist, Digitisation and Outreach Some Some way towards acquiring the skills needed to develop a strategy but lack of time allocated to the task.
Operational manager: preservation Senior Archivist, Digitisation and Outreach Some 20% - severely under-resourced with little time either to manage current situation or update skills.
Operational manager: digitisation Responsibility split between several roles Yes Need to ensure co ordination of roles between digitisation and content creation
Storage/server management Sysadmin/Digitisation team Yes/No Issues to tackle re responsibilities for access and preservation of assets.  Skills available but need to be utilised effectively.  Need for dialogue between practitioners and technical support.
Digital Archives Accessioning Senior Archivist, Collections Some Not currently formally accepting digital records - awaiting development of preservation strategy and policy.  Would need training and development of policy and workflow.
Preservation metadata Digitisation technician Some Digitisation technicians with skills appropriate to the role but would need development of preservation strategy and some training regarding preservation issues.  Major issue is lack of resource.
Digitisation metadata Digitisation Archivist and technician Yes Draft document on standards available and
Systems development Software developer No None: would need to buy-in, train or recruit...  Need to build on relationship between IT support provider and preservation staff.
Operating preservation workflows Senior Archivist, Digitisation and Outreach Some 20% - severely under-resourced with little time either to manage current situation or update skills.
Access to collections Senior Archivist, Digitisation and Outreach
Some Some work being done on development of Asset Management system which should allow access to digital content, but work still required on preservation strategies.
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