Graduate Trainee Digital Archivist

Weston Library, Central Oxford
£16,618 per annum
16 Dec 2016
16 Jan 2017
Job Type
Graduate schemes

Two year training scheme with fully funded post graduate qualification.

The Bodleian Libraries are looking for six Digital Archivists of the future through an exciting graduate 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 is a rewarding combination of on-the-job training and postgraduate study. You will learn traditional and digital curation skills, applying these to the Bodleian 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 forensic tools. You will also work towards a prestigious postgraduate qualification in Digital Curation from Aberystwyth University.

STEM and Social Sciences graduates rarely consider a career in archives and libraries, but in order to preserve the history of science and technology, organisations like Bodleian Libraries need people with knowledge in these subject areas. 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 also have great communication skills, initiative and a willingness to work closely with a team.

This role is full-time (36.5 hrs) for 24 months from April 2017 (one afternoon per week released for study). Your starting salary will be £16,618. You will have the benefits of all University of Oxford employees available to you. These include a paid annual leave allowance of 38 days per year (inclusive of public holidays and library closed days).

This opportunity is supported by the Carnegie Corporation and the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future programme.

How To Apply Details:

This post is part of a pilot scheme testing a new Supporting Evidence Form in place of the more usual ‘supporting statement’. You MUST submit a completed Supporting Evidence Form in order for your application to be processed. Covering letters, supporting statements and CVs will NOT form part of the selection process.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday (GMT) Monday 16 January 2017 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place the week commencing Monday 6 February 2017.

Start Date: April 2017