The Irish Archives Resource is seeking the services of an archivist for a 5 week contract to prepare and upload archival descriptions to their web portal.

The Irish Archives Resource ( is an online database which contains searchable archival descriptions.

The purpose of the IAR Portal is to:

  • Allow users to locate archives and records that are relevant to their research.

  • Increase the use of archives by directing researchers to the relevant archives services.

  • Encourage the development and publication of comprehensive, standardised archive descriptions.


The Irish Archives Resource is a voluntary group supported by the Archives and Records Association, Ireland and the School of History and Archives, University College Dublin. It is an all Ireland portal funded by The Heritage Council, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.


  • Compiling fonds level descriptions of collections in archive services, both on site and remotely, for the 32 counties of Ireland

  • Editing fonds level descriptions to comply with ISAD(G)

  • Uploading descriptions to the IAR portal

  • Demonstrating the work of uploading descriptions to staff in participating archive services

  • Liaising with staff in participating archive services to assist them in uploading descriptions to the portal

  • Liaising with members of the Steering Committee for work planning


  • Qualified archivist from an ARA accredited archives post graduate programme

  • Working experience of applying ISAD(G) and the Irish Guidelines for Archival Description is desirable

  • Ability to work remotely

  • A current Tax Clearance Certificate is required

Contract Duration and Salary

  • The contract is for 5 working weeks (25 days)

  • Rate of €20 an hour

How to Apply

Application by curriculum vitae and covering letter (via post or email) to

Hazel Menton, Chair, Irish Archives Resource, c/o National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin 8, or hmenton AT  

Applications to be received by 5pm on Friday, 10th January 2014.


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