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Cataloguer, Bengali (North Indian Language Collections)

Vacancy Details

Salary: £26,000 per annum (£13,000 pro rata)
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Closing Date: 01/20/2019
Date Posted: 01/03/2019
Reference: 02513



Part Time (2.5 Days per week), Fixed Term for 1 year

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Bengali language cataloguer to join a team of curators in the South Asia section, within the BL’s Asia and African Collections.

The post holder will provide cataloguing support for material included within the British Library’s collections of printed books in Bengali, which include important early printed collections, the majority of which are currently listed only in printed catalogues. Work will also entail creating catalogue records for new titles in Bengali acquired through purchase and donation, as well as assisting with user enquiries. Additional tasks may include the cataloguing of serials and sorting and deduplication of items which are currently part of a backlog.


The successful applicant will have a degree, or equivalent knowledge of Bengali, as well as the ability to transliterate Indian scripts with complete accuracy in accordance with Library of Congress and British Library standards. In addition, the post holder will have a good knowledge of the cultural history of South Asia to a level sufficient for checking and assigning subject headings, and will have a demonstrable ability to see activities and projects through to completion.


Knowledge of other South Asian languages, in particular Assamese and/or Sylheti, would be highly desirable.

Previous experience of work in a research library, academic or other relevant environment, or experience of cataloguing library collections would be advantageous

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At present 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.


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.


For further information and to apply, please visit quoting vacancy ref: 02513

Closing date: 20th January 2019


Interview date: 5th February 2019 or 6th February 2019


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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
  • Are you currently a British Library employee or agency member of staff?


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