Audio Project Cataloguer for British Library, London

Audio Project Cataloguer
Grade C
£26,000 per annum
Full time - 36 hours per week
Fixed Term Contract for 3 years
St Pancras, London

A vacancy has arisen for an Audio Project Cataloguer to work at the British Library on the major preservation and access project Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, which is part of the British Library’s wider Save Our Sounds programme.  The project will digitally preserve almost half a million sound recordings, make it easier for people to discover and access them, and establish a network of ten audio archiving centres across the UK.

For this role, we are looking for someone with a broad experience of cataloguing, strong data handling skills and a good understanding of audio formats.  Routine work will include cataloguing audio recordings and editing metadata in SIPs (Submission Information Packages).  For this particular role within the existing team of Audio Project Cataloguers, there will be a focus on handling the data issued from the recently established network of archiving centres for the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project, supporting the migration of that data to the British Library’s Sound And Moving Image catalogue.

Ideally we are looking for an individual with knowledge that complements the sound recording collections that are being preserved and described for Unlocking Our Sound Heritage.  Although an undergraduate or postgraduate degree may indicate this, practical experience and background will certainly be taken into account, and working knowledge of a foreign language will also be considered an asset.  

Please ensure you explain how you meet each of the Minimum Requirements (Essential) listed in the job profile when applying for this post.

This post is part of a Heritage Lottery funded project.

Closing Date: 16 September 2018
Interview Date: 2 October 2018

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 20.9%. 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.

More about the British Library
As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At the moment we have well over 150 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 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.
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