Bodleian Libraries
graduate job
Expires24 days

Graduate Trainee Digital Archivist

Job description

The Bodleian Libraries is looking for a Digital Archivist of the future through an exciting training scheme. 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 archives of individuals and organisations. You will learn everything from editing XML metadata, to assessing legal risks, to using digital curation tools. You will also work towards a 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 with an undergraduate degree in any subject relevant to the Libraries' post-1800 archive and manuscript holdings. See

This role is being offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis for 2 years starting in April 2020. One afternoon per week released for study, and you will be expected to attend two short residential study schools at Aberystwyth.

This role requires lifting, moving and carrying boxes of collection materials, using trolleys, kickstools and lifts. This role may also involve lone working in storage areas.

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. Please visit our website for more details.

Please note this role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored tier 2 Visa under the points based immigration system, however applications are welcome from candidates who don’t currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a visa via another route.

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How to apply

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 further particulars, and explain how you meet each one. CVs will not form part of the selection process.

Only applications received online by 12.00 midday (GMT) on Friday 15 November 2019 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Friday 10 January 2020.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 15 November 2019

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Closing date:  15 November 2019

Expires24 days

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