Jobs for Medievalists

Cataloguer, Manuscripts Data Conversion Project

Fixed Term Contract – c 12 weeks until 31 March 2016
Full Time or Part Time hours considered

The British Library is seeking a number of cataloguers for a new catalogue conversion project. The project team will transcribe, enhance and place online a 19th-century handwritten catalogue of manuscripts, opening up access to a hitherto underused part of the manuscripts collection. Cataloguers will be required to type up handwritten entries from 19th-century ledgers, entering the data into Excel. They will check and amend the descriptions to take account of recent scholarship, and enhance the records with appropriate authority-controlled terms, adhering to international cataloguing standards for archives and manuscripts.

Successful applicants will have a demonstrable ability to read and transcribe 19th-century handwriting accurately and in a timely fashion, excellent IT skills, familiarity with terminology used to describe manuscript material and excellent time management skills. Either a formal qualification in archive administration or some experience of working with manuscripts or archives would be desirable, as would experience of cataloguing using the ISAD(G) standard.   Applicants seeking part-time or full-time work are welcomed.

Closing Date: 27 November 2015

Interview Date: 11 December 2015

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