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. On completion, trainees will receive a professional postgraduate Diploma in Digital Information and Media Management from Aberystwyth University, which has partnered with the Bodleian Libraries in the training scheme.
During the programme, trainees will learn both traditional and digital archiving skills and will have the opportunity to apply these skills in practical archival projects. They will be involved in processing modern archive materials in all formats, from paper and analogue to born-digital, using a range of tools and technologies. They will also look at the creation and enhancement of digital preservation tools and learn everything from using forensic techniques to interpret and preserve archives to managing ethical and legal risks associated with collecting and providing access to archival materials.
The Bodleian Libraries has collected archival materials for over 400 years from around the globe, including handwritten manuscripts, official documents, audiovisual records, photographs, drawings and beyond. 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. Many new collections include digital materials, from email to databases to websites. These collections are 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.
The job of the archivist is to collect these materials – the records of people and organisations in society – in order to provide sources for exploring and interpreting our history. Bodleian Libraries’ Graduate Trainee Digital Archivists will develop valuable skills and knowledge in the management of archives, with a particular emphasis on the needs of born digital archival materials.
The Trainee Archivist role is a salaried role with a starting salary of grade 2.6 of the University's salary scale. The Bodleian Libraries will also cover the fees for your postgraduate Diploma in Digital Information and Media Management 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 university graduate with a good grasp of digital technologies, excellent research and communication skills, willingness to work closely with a team, and a passion for problem-solving, this might be the career for you.
We particularly welcome applications from individuals with a background in STEM or Social Sciences, who are under-represented in the field.
Applications for 2023 are now closed.