24 October 2021


£26,000 p/a

Fixed Term

Join the British Library on the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project to save the nation's audio heritage and make it available for everyone. The project, part of the British Library’s ambitious Save our Sounds programme, aims to digitally preserve almost half a million rare and unique recordings from the Library's collections and a UK-wide network of audio preservation centres.

As a Preservation Audio Engineer, you will be responsible for the digitisation of sound recordings held on endangered media selected for the project, particularly ¼” open reel tape and cassette, and the creation of metadata relating to the transfer process.

You will have strong, demonstrable knowledge of obsolete sound carriers and current digital formats, a familiarity with audio recording, playback and transfer technologies, with demonstrable experience of professional audio archival work including the creation of metadata relating to digital audio resources and relevant education to degree level or equivalent professional experience in an archive.

This post is part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project

As one of the world’s great libraries, the duty of the British Library is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future and make it available to all for research, inspiration and enjoyment. At present the Library holds well over 170 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year, as well as manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. The British Library makes our collections and programmes available to all. The British Library operates the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world: witha priority to preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future by anyone, anywhere.


Use BL vacancy ref: 03839

Interview date: 08 November 2021

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