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Project Assistant - Contemporary Archives & Manuscripts

Vacancy Details

Salary: £26,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Chief Librarians Portfolio
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Closing Date: 28/09/2022
Date Posted: 14/09/2022
Reference: 04257


Full Time, Fixed Term for 6 months

The British Library is seeking an Assistant to work as part of an upcoming research project within the Contemporary Archives and Manuscripts team. The project, titled 'Using Data Analytics and Network Visualisations to Inform Future Collecting and Research Practice in Hybrid Literary Archives' will investigate at least three literary correspondence collections (both paper letters and e-mail), examining how the digital revolution impacted writers' ability to create, communicate and collaborate with one another.

Reporting to the Digital Lead Curator for Contemporary Archives and Manuscripts, you will gain hands-on experience with nationally significant correspondence collections; helping to create and prepare metadata and using cutting-edge digital humanities tools to interpret them. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to conduct their own research in this emerging area, by helping to inform our future collecting, exhibiting and interpretive practice for these new and exciting collections and feeding back their findings into the project.

To be successful, you will have to be able to work well independently, with accuracy and attention to detail. You will have a good first degree in a relevant field, an interest in literature and/or personal archives, and an awareness of how digital tools can be used to interpret cultural heritage material.

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 26.6% (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: 04257

Closing date: 28 September 2022

Interview date: 03-07 October 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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