Seeking volunteer database developer

25 October 2012

The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives are seeking a volunteer database developer to help us manage our collection of archival, library and museum material. You will be responsible for the design and the development of a new collection management system, including database, administration/data entry interface and online search interface for the ALGA website.

The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives are a national collection of LGBT materials that was established in 1978 and is based in South Yarra, Melbourne. The Archives are the only community group in Australia that actively collects and preserves lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and queer material from across the country, and makes it readily accessible. We operate with the assistance of members and supporters across Australia.

ALGA requires an intuitive, stable and user friendly collection management system that requires minimal in-house maintenance. We currently have several Excel spreadsheets that catalogue the Archives’ collection information, as well as digitised images of collection items, but envisage that in the future the database developed would allow digital images to be linked to collection records.

This position is ideally for someone who will relish the opportunity to build a library system/database from the ground up, or tailor an open access system to ALGA’s requirements, and is able to volunteer the time required to the Archives to drive the project to completion. Being a not for profit organisation run by volunteers, the Archives has a modest budget for infrastructure and software but is unable to pay for labour.

If you are interested and have the required experience please contact