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Cataloguer, Dangoor Hebrew Manuscript Collection

Vacancy Details

Salary: £26,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Chief Librarians Portfolio
Category: Cataloguers, Reference and Research
Closing Date: 12/09/2021
Date Posted: 05/08/2021
Reference: 03749


 Fixed Term for 18 Months


Full Time


The British Library leads the way in advancing world’s knowledge. We have recently acquired through donation the religious manuscripts of Hakham Ezra Reuven Dangoor, who was the Chief Rabbi of Baghdad 1923-1926. Our principal objective is to catalogue these important manuscripts and make them freely available to learners, scholars and researchers.

We are looking to recruit a skilled Cataloguer whose key areas of responsibility will be: a) Create detailed and structured digital records for the entire Dangoor collection of Hebrew manuscripts; b) Sort out the material, paying special attention to loose pages of unbound manuscripts, and properly foliate each individual item; c) Prior to cataloguing the collection, liaise with the project- designated Conservator regarding the repair, conservation and preservation of the manuscripts; d) Define the metadata standards for the digital records & monitor the ingest of metadata into the British Library systems; e) Undertake QA activities at the ingest stage and ensure the created metadata is compliant with standards and expectations.


You will have excellent knowledge of Hebrew, a degree in classical Hebrew or relevant subject, and experience of cataloguing Hebrew manuscripts. You will have palaeographical and codicological skills, information technology skills and the ability to understand and apply complex standards to create digital manuscript records. You will have the ability to transliterate Hebrew accurately following established international standards. Good oral and written communication skills in English will be essential. With the ability to work independently and in a team, and a track record of working to strict deadlines, you will be crucial to the success of the project.


In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes a minimum 26.6%. Another significantbenefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.


More about the British Library

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At the moment we have well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.

For further information and to apply, please visit quoting vacancy ref: C03749

We are unable to provide sponsorship under the UK Skilled Worker visa for this role, as it does not meet the eligibility criteria required for this immigration route.



Closing date: 12 September 2021


Interview date: 4/5 October 2021



  We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy.






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