The Bodleian Libraries Digital Archivist Graduate Training Scheme is a unique programme offering a combination of on-the-job training and postgraduate study specifically in the area of digital archiving.
This two-year programme aims to create digital archivists of the future. This scheme has approximately 3 vacancies with the programme running every two years from September to August.
The aim of the programme is to train and develop future library and information professionals in digital archiving. Archivists collect the records of people and organisations in order to provide sources for exploring and interpreting our history. These materials come in all kinds of formats, from manuscripts written on calf skin to enormous email archives. We even archive websites. More and more of what archivists collect is born digitally, and must be preserved digitally too. Digital technology is constantly shifting, and the challenges of preserving materials in digital formats require constant innovation, problem-solving, research and development.
Trainees will have the opportunity to learn both traditional and digital archiving skills and the apply these skills to internationally important projects. They will be involved in processing modern archive materials in all formats, using a range of tools and technologies. They will also look at the creation and enhancement of digital preservation tools and learn everything from how to manage legal risks to effectively using forensic techniques. At the same time participants will also work towards, and gain, a prestigious professional postgraduate diploma from Aberystwyth University.
The Trainee Archivist role is a salaried role with a starting salary of grade 2.5 of the University's salary scale, increasing by one salary grade point annually. The Bodleian Libraries will also cover the fees for your postgraduate Diploma in Digital Curation from Aberystwyth University. The Oxford programme meets the standards set by the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) code of practice.
If you are a graduate (ideally STEM) with a good grasp of digital technologies, excellent research skills and a passion for problem-solving then this might be the career for you. You will also need great communication skills, initiative and a willingness to work closely with a team.
Applications for traineeships are not currently open. We hope to advertise in late 2021.