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Medieval Manuscripts Cataloguer and Researcher

Vacancy Details

Salary: 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: 15/05/2022
Date Posted: 28/04/2022
Reference: 04090


Full Time, Fixed Term – 6 months

An exciting opportunity for an experienced cataloguer has arisen to join the Western Heritage Collections team in St Pancras.

Reporting to the Lead Curator, Medieval Historical and Literary Manuscripts, you will produce catalogue descriptions of pre-1600 western manuscripts, using the Library’s cataloguing system. You will also enhance existing catalogue records, to reflect recent research, checking details against other international databases and publications, and adding bibliographies to the records.

In addition, you will promote the Library’s collections by writing blogposts aimed at a non-specialist audience, answering enquiries, and presenting manuscripts to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

To be successful in this role, you will have experience of cataloguing medieval manuscripts, specialist knowledge of medieval palaeography, and a strong reading knowledge of Latin. In addition, you will have experience of promoting collections, excellent attention to detail, and strong organisational skills.

You will have the opportunity to work on major cataloguing projects in Western Collections, and to improve online access to our collections.

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future and make it available to all for research, inspiration and enjoyment. At present we have well over 170 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 make our collections and programmes available to all. 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 by anyone, anywhere.

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 of 20.6% (this may be higher dependant on grade. Another significant benefit 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.

For further information and to apply, please visit quoting vacancy ref: 04090

Closing date: 15 May 2022

Interview date: 30 May 2022

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


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