Digital Special Collections Librarian, Natural History Museum


The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s leading museums, internationally recognised for its dual role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and as a leader in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications and the web.

Our Library and Archives (LA) department develops and facilitates access to the world's richest and most comprehensive resource for current and historical natural history literature. The collections represent the development of natural history science, exploration and collecting to the present day. The primary users of the collections are internal and external scientists curating the specimen collections held at the Museum and conducting biodiversity and geodiversity research.  The LA collections also attract external researchers interest from the arts and humanities as well interested public.

A programme to digitise library and archives collections, including enhancing catalogue records to support discovery and access for research and public use has been in progress for over ten years. We are seeking a special collections librarian with experience of the approaches and tools that will enable the Library to respond to demand from our research users (internal and external) to be able to access and exploit special collections in the digital environment we need to accelerate the digitisation of those collections and the digitalisation of the associated research support.

You will combine their skills and knowledge of curating special collections, including for example artworks, manuscripts and rare and historical published works with proven experience of applying the tools and approaches to supporting use and research of those collections within the digital environment.

To be successful, you will have a Postgraduate qualification recognised by CILIP and ARA in Librarianship or Archives Management and first degree in a relevant subject. You will also have a understanding of digital scholarship practice and approaches and experience in the application of these to library and archives collections.

Closing date: 9am on Friday 3 May 2019
Interviews Expected: 23 May 2019

For a full job description and to submit an application, please visit the Natural History Museum website.

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