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Project Officer, Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project

Vacancy Details

Salary: £26,000 per annum pro rata
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Closing Date: 20/03/2018
Date Posted: 26/02/2018
Reference: 01823


Part Time – Over 3 days (21.6 Hours per week) or Over 4 days (28.8 Hours per week) Fixed Term Contract until 31 December 2019


The British Library’s collection of Hebrew manuscripts includes items manifesting Jewish cultural, religious and social lives between the 10th Century CE and the beginning of the 20th century CE, covering Europe and North Africa in the west, through to the Middle East, India and China in the east. The Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project (HMDP) aims to provide free online access to the collection. Phase 1 began in 2013 and was funded by The Polonsky Foundation. Phase 2 of the HMDP has been running since 2016, in partnership with the National Library of Israel.


To date, through both phases of the HMDP, 1575 Hebrew manuscripts have been published online via the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts website. We have also launched the website The Polonsky Foundation Catalogue of Digitised Hebrew Manuscripts which contains articles, videos and collection item highlights.


This role is a vital part of the project team, focusing on the quality control process for the images we create, and publishing them online. The role also includes opportunities to raise awareness of the project and engage with the people using the digital collection.


The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience of working on projects with fixed targets and deadlines, ideally in a digitisation or heritage context. They will be able to demonstrate their accuracy and attention to detail, and experience of working as part of a team. They will also have excellent IT skills, with experience of working with digital images.

This is a part time, fixed term contract post until the end of December 2019. The contract can be offered at either 21.6 hours over 3 days per week or 28.8 hours over 4 days per week; specific days of work to be mutually agreed.

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 wepreserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.

Closing date: 20 March 2018

Interview date: 27 March 2018

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy.




In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Do you currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom


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