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Workflow Support Officer

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: 10/25/2019
Date Posted: 10/10/2019
Reference: 02955


Full Time, Fixed Term 30 October 2022

This job is part of Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, an exciting project that will digitally preserve almost half a million rare and at risk sound recordings, establish a network of audio preservation centres across the UK and encourage more people to enjoy and learn from audio archives. The project is part of the British Library’s Save Our Sounds programme.


The Workflow Support Officer will assist with the efficient digital preservation of audio archives at the British Library.


The job involves maintaining, updating and improving a database used to track work done by each of the project teams, compiling statistics, managing interim data storage and ingesting content into the British Library’s long term digital repository. It also involves auditing collections selected for preservation using existing metadata sets.


The successful candidate will have a high degree of computer literacy and systematic approach to work.  Previous professional experience of working with databases is required, as is experience of working with contemporary metadata standards and data archiving technologies.  A degree in a relevant subject area, or equivalent professional experience, is also essential. Knowledge and experience of digital audiovisual media and digitisation would be an advantage.


This job is supported by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


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: 02955


Closing date: 25 October 2019


Interview date: 15 November 2019

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Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabledpeople. 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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