3 May 2024


£23,706 per annum

Fixed Term

The Bodleian Libraries is looking for Digital Archivists of the future. Our Graduate Trainee Digital Archivist Scheme could be your first step towards a career in 20th and 21st century archives. Preserving the past for the benefit of the future is increasingly a matter of preserving born-digital materials, and this traineeship will support you to develop the knowledge and skills you will need to develop a career in this field.

This scheme combines on-the-job training and funded postgraduate study. You will learn traditional and digital curation skills, applying these to the Libraries’ 20th- and 21st-century archive collections. You will be involved in processing digital materials, including archiving websites, but will also have the opportunity to work with the archives of individuals and organisations. You will learn everything from editing XML metadata, to assessing legal risks, to using digital curation tools. You will also work towards a postgraduate qualification in Archives & Records Management from Aberystwyth University.

Applications are welcome from graduates of any discipline relevant to the Libraries' 20th- and 21st-century archives (see https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/weston/finding-resources/guide), but are particularly encouraged from candidates with a STEM or Social Sciences background. This is an entry-level traineeship, and we do not expect you to have any prior experience in the field, but we will want to understand why you are interested in pursuing a career in archives.

This is a training role and is offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis for 2 years beginning in early Sep 2024. One afternoon per week will be released for study, and you will be expected to participate in two short study schools run by Aberystwyth University.

Please do not apply if you already have, or are currently doing, an undergraduate or postgraduate degree related to Archives Administration / Information Management / Librarianship / Museum Studies, or if you have already completed a traineeship in Archives / Heritage / Libraries, or have substantial work experience in these areas.


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