Friday, April 1, 2016

Graduate Trainee Digital Archivist , University of Oxford


Developing the Next Generation Archivist Project.
The Bodleian Libraries are looking for a Digital Archivist of the future through an exciting new 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 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 forensic tools. You will also work towards a prestigious postgraduate qualification from Aberystwyth University.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) graduates rarely consider a career in archives and libraries, but in order to preserve the history of science and technology, organisations like the 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 don’t need experience in archives but you must have a keen interest in culture and history. You will be a graduate (ideally STEM) with good communication skills, initiative and a willingness to work closely in a team.
This role is full-time for 2 years (one afternoon per week released for study).
Owing to the nature of this post, candidates will be required to undertake a Disclosure Scotland check as well as a financial background check. The possession of a criminal record or poor financial background will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.
This post is part of a pilot scheme testing a new Supporting Evidence form in place of the more usual ‘supporting statement’. Please ensure that you carefully read the How to Apply section provided in the Job Description, which you can download below along with the required Supporting Evidence form. You will be required to upload your completed supporting evidence form as part of your online application. CVs will not form part of the selection process.
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.
Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on Wednesday 27 April 2016 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 2 June 2016.
This opportunity is supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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