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Cataloguer, Gulf History x 3

Vacancy Details

Salary: £26,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Closing Date: 04/28/2019
Date Posted: 04/12/2019
Reference: 02723


Full Time, Fixed term for 12 months

The British Library leads and collaborates in growing the world’s knowledge base. We are engaged in a major partnership with the Qatar Foundation and the Qatar National Library to digitise and make available material relating to the history of the Gulf and Arabic scientific manuscripts. We are a multi-disciplinary programme that includes conservation, content specialists, translation, rights clearance, and imaging staff.

The partnership has recently begun its third phase. We will be delivering an additional 900,000 searchable and contextualised digital images, made freely available via the dedicated portal at and selected from the library’s archive collections, including the India Office Records and Private Papers, Sound, Maps and Arabic Manuscript collections.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Gulf history cataloguing team, which includes Content Specialists and Cataloguers with archival cataloguing experience, as well as Content Specialists with Arabic language skills and specialist knowledge of Gulf history. You will be responsible for foliation and cataloguing of material from the India Office Records and Private Papers (IOR&PP) relating to the history of the Gulf, creating and editing authority file records and linking them to catalogue records, and contributing to project outreach.

You will have a postgraduate archive qualification or equivalent experience, knowledge and experience of archival cataloguing and relevant standards, palaeography skills, the ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail, and strong communication and IT skills.

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 26.6% (this may be higher dependant on grade) . 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: 02723

Closing date: 28th April 2019


Interview date: 9th May and 13th May 2019

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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