The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe.
With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity’s needs with those of the natural world.
It is custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million objects. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes - which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future policies and plans to help the planet.
We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats.
Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world’s leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.
About the role
Reporting to the Digital Services Librarian the primary purpose of this role is to undertake the digitisation of Library and Archive collections to generate digital assets (DAs) and the creation of associated metadata to facilitate DAs upload and ingest processes that underpin the departments Digitised Collections and digital activities.
Working with colleagues across the Department, the role will primarily involve the creation of DAs of rare, unique and potentially fragile Library and Archive materials using the Specialist Digitisation Unit equipment, following established processes and procedures to meet agreed standards.
The role also contributes to general Library and Archive reading room service including the provision of the external digitisation service and the physical preparation of material for digitisation.
You will have experience of digitising special collection materials including rare books, archival material and knowledge of safe handling systems.
A degree or equivalent knowledge and / or qualification in relevant technical subjects would be desirable
You will have a good understanding and experience of the handling and curation of library and archival collection material as well as possessing experience of digitisation processes, equipment, best practice and the potential of digital tools and methodologies for collection analysis and reuse.
Experience in the creation and recording of metadata and an understanding of metadata standards and methods for describing images would be preferred.
Closing date : 9am 24 June 2021
Interviews expected : w / c 28 June 2021
Salary : £26,208 per annum
Contract : Full time (36 hours per week) Permanent
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