19 July 2018

Oxford, UK

£16,983 p/a

Fixed Term


The Bodleian Libraries is looking for a Digital Archivist of the future through an exciting training scheme starting in August/September 2018. Preserving the past for the benefit of the future is not just about manuscripts and printed material, digital materials are surprisingly fragile and also need to be preserved.

This scheme combines on-the-job training and funded postgraduate study. You will learn traditional and digital curation skills, applying these to the Libraries’ internationally important archive collections. You will be involved in processing digital materials, including archiving websites, but will also have the opportunity to work with the papers of individuals and organisations. You will learn everything from how to manage legal risks to using digital curation tools. You will also work towards a prestigious postgraduate qualification in Digital Curation from Aberystwyth University.

If you have a good grasp of digital technologies, excellent research skills and a passion for problem-solving then this might be the career for you. You do not need experience in archives but you must have a keen interest in culture and history. You will have great communication skills, initiative and a willingness to work closely in a team. Whilst you will ideally have a STEM background, applications are welcome from candidates in any subject relevant to the Libraries' post-1800 archive and manuscript holdings. See https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/weston/finding-resources/guides 1.

This role is being offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis for 2 years (one afternoon per week released for study).

A second full-time, fixed-term for 2 years post may become available in the near future with a start date in early 2019, and for which you may also be considered.

Please do not apply if you already have, or are currently doing, an undergraduate or postgraduate degree related to Archives Administration/Information Management/Museum Studies, or if you have already completed an Archives/Heritage/Libraries Traineeship.

Benefits include 38 days leave (including bank holidays and fixed closed days), extensive training and development opportunities, access to travel and childcare schemes, free entry to colleges, discounted access to sporting facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts. For more details please see http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/staffinfo/benefits/ 2.

You will be required to upload a supporting statement as part of your online application. Your supporting statement should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description, and explain how you meet each one. CV’s will not be considered.

For more information please visit the Graduate Trainee Digital Archivist programme page at http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/trainee-digital-archivist 3

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on Monday 9 July 2018 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 19 July 2018.

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