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'Opening Up Scotland’s Archives' - 7 Traineeships available in Scottish Archives

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The Scottish Council on Archives (SCA) is delighted to announce the latest opportunities for the third cohort of the Opening Up Scotland’s Archives initiative.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future programme, Opening Up Scotland’s Archives aims to improve skills and develop the Scottish archives sector. In partnership with archives from across Scotland, this year there are seven work-based traineeships available. Trainees spend the year working on real-life projects, whilst learning new skills. They will help to bring the past to life for new audiences and ensure our documented national memory remains accessible to future generations.

Trainees will benefit from an annual bursary, mentoring and working on a range of exciting projects – including outreach and community engagement, digital preservation, collections development and traditional archive skills – which will enable them to develop a variety of skills they can take with them to future career and training opportunities.

 SCA is very grateful to the seven host institutions:

  • Tasglann nan Eilean Siar (Hebridean Archives)
  • Library Special Collections Division, University of St Andrews
  • Glasgow School of Art Archives
  • Glasgow City Archives
  • Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh
  • Midlothian Council Archives
  • National Records of Scotland

Details on the traineeships and how to apply can be found on the SCA website at: www.scottisharchives.org.uk/sff/apply. Please note that candidates should not already possess a postgraduate qualification in the area of heritage, archive or museum practice.

All enquiries regarding recruitment should be directed Adopt an Intern. We have FAQ details at: www.adoptanintern.org.uk/scatraineeship_faqs.

All other enquiries can be directed to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Archives Trainee vacancies (1 year) with HSBC Archives, London

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HSBC is pleased to announce two traineeships for 2016-17. The successful candidates will join the busy London office, which is part of a global team of archivists working in HSBC. You will be responsible for a wide range of archive duties and provide general administrative support to the team.

Duties will include:

  • supervising the searchroom and retrieving records for researchers
  • answering internal and external enquiries about the history and archives of HSBC
  • accessioning and cataloguing physical/digital deposits
  • carrying out improvements to catalogue data
  • re-packaging and other conservation tasks
  • researching and writing articles
  • taking part in outreach work such as open days, exhibitions and branch anniversaries

The successful candidates will be working with our digital archives system. Prior experience in using Preservica and Calm software is welcome, but not essential.

The positions are based primarily at the HSBC Archive Centre in Canning Town, with occasional days spent at head office in Canary Wharf. The posts will start in September 2016 and last for one year. Applicants should be enthusiastic and able to work with minimal supervision. Adaptability and attention to detail are key qualities.

The post is designed to suit someone looking for pre-course experience and the salary will be £22,000 per annum.



Vacancy for Technical Analyst with British Library

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  • Job title - Technical Analyst
  • Location - Boston pa or London, St. Pancras
  • Salary - £29,000 Boston Spa or £32,000 St Pancras
  • Type - Full time Permanent

The British Library is one of the World’s greatest research libraries, committed to providing researchers with access to reliable digital content now and into the future. Our digital collection is one of the most exciting and heterogeneous in the world, containing everything from digitised books and newspapers to born digital maps, eBooks and sound.

This is a great opportunity to help contribute to the preservation of digital library content. As a technical analyst within the digital preservation team, you will help investigate digital preservation challenges faced by the library, using your analytical expertise and research skills to understand and explain the problems and solutions. Liaising closely with other Library colleagues, you will utilise your growing understanding of digital preservation challenges and solutions to contribute to the development and improvement of preservation processes and standards across the library.

Possessing excellent research and analytical skills, you will be confident in applying your technical expertise to investigating relevant challenges, relating both practical and theoretical results to derive potential risks and mitigation strategies. Your strong software development skills will enable you to quickly analyse large data sets and identify trends, as well as let you debug and enhance existing software tools relevant to the preservation of our digital collections. You will have good knowledge and experience of managing digital content, and be able to demonstrate excellent team-working and communication skills, being able to convey your interest in the long term preservation of our digital heritage collections.

Closing Date: 9 May 2016

Interview Date: London St Pancras: 17 May 2016, Boston Spa: 18 May 2016

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Vacancy at The Science Museum Group: Digitization Manager

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Digitization Manager
Location: Any Science Museum Group Site (UK)
Position Type: Full Time / Permanent
Salary: 'Competitive'
Closing Date:     2nd May 2016

Play a leading role in making the world's greatest collection of science, technology, medicine and transport available online.

The Science Museum Group is taking a new approach to making its collections more accessible and better appreciated by our audiences. Joing up teams across four museums, a new strategy for collection services places a major emphasis on digitisation, together with achieving greater impact for the thousands of objects we lend to others. New roles and new ways of working will enable successful delivery of exciting Masterplan projects at all the museums.

You will lead delivery of an efficient new approach to digitisation and documentation of SMG' s collection, making it more accessible and accountable; manage photographic and documentation teams to support the Museums’ strategic objectives through best practice collections Management; maximise the information available to online visitors, researchers and colleagues, and oversee internal standards and training; advocate for digitisation and collections information and ensure delivery of an excellent standard of communication and customer service; develop a culture of integrated teamwork (including volunteers) and continuous improvement across SMG sites, in line with the ‘one collection’ philosophy; and be a member of the Collections Services leadership team.

Responsibilities include developing and implementing digital preservation strategy and plans in conjunction with ICT.

For more information see: https://vacancies.nmsi.ac.uk/VacancyDetails.aspx?FromSearch=True&MenuID=6Dqy3cKIDOg=&VacancyID=1297


Vacancy for Lecturer in Digital Humanities/Information Studies at University of Glasgow

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  • Job title - Lecturer
  • Location - HATII, University of Glasgow
  • Salary - £33,574 to £37,768 per annum
  • Hours of work - Full-time, Permanent
  • Closing Date - 8 May 2016
  • Reference Number - 012668

Job Purpose

To undertake high-quality research and research supervision, to make an active and high level contribution in the School of Humanities in the College of Arts to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the Humanities and Arts Technology and Information Institute (HATII) and to undertake administration as requested by the Head of School.

As part of the development of a new research strategy for HATII that will look towards the REF2020, the School of Humanities has created this new lectureship that will contribute to the strategic development of Digital Humanities at Glasgow.

The purpose of the Lectureship will be to develop research on the use and communication of digital content within scholarship, focusing on aspects of digital culture and Digital Humanities methods. HATII invites applications from those with an existing area of research in the Digital Humanities that will complement and develop existing expertise in the Subject Area. Applications would be particularly welcomed from candidates with a background in geo-humanities, digital culture and media, information visualisation, the cultural heritage and creative industries, and other emerging areas that will contribute to a research strategy that addresses the creation and theorization of digital content and the research infrastructures that surround it.

Visit the University of Glasgow website for more details


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