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Digitisation Conservator

The British Library is seeking a Digitisation Conservator

The British Library leads and collaborates in growing the world’s knowledge base. The Conservation department, which comprises some 50 people, is responsible for the care of one of the largest, richest and most diverse research collections in the world. As part of our work we are continuing to create digitised content from physical collection to make thousands of historic documents and manuscripts available online to researchers, scholars and the general public.

This is an opportunity for an experienced Conservator to work in the fastest growing team in the Conservation department. In this role, you will also be working closely with the imaging team, digital workflow team and curators to support digitisation work on both internally and externally funded projects. The projects will vary in size and scope and your role will enable the workflow by planning and conducting condition checks, developing and undertaking treatments, which ensure the improved condition on a range of collection items to enable their digitisation. You will operate with limited supervision, managing and organising your work effectively to meet project deadlines as part of the wider digitisation workflow. You will be responsible for keeping accurate documentation and updating project spreadsheets and databases, providing regular progress reports to your manager and stakeholders involved in each project.

You need to have either a degree in conservation or equivalent knowledge and skills sets, and practical hands-on experience in conservation of library materials for digitisation and/or large-scale conservation projects. A broad knowledge of available conservation treatments within the field of book/ paper conservation together with the ability to diagnose conservation problems and to develop and evaluate options for solutions is essential. You should also have a high level of manual dexterity and the ability to treat fragile and delicate materials, together with knowledge of materials chemistry, properties, behaviours and interaction of a wide range of organic and inorganic materials. Agood knowledge of preventive conservation issues is also required with the ability to deliver training on the handling of library material to support and implement best practices within the British Library and collaboration with the colleagues in the main British Library Conservation Studio (BLCC

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At present we have well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.

In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes 20.9%. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.

For further information and to apply please visit the British Library website.