World and Traditional Music Cataloguer and Processor
Location: St. Pancras, London
Salary: £24,828 to £28,266 per annum pro rata
Hours: Full time – 36 hours per week
Fixed term contract until 31 March 2013
Job Reference: S&C00338
The British Library leads and collaborates in growing the world’s knowledge base. The World and Traditional Music section holds the British Library’s collection of recordings of musical traditions from around the world. It is one of the largest such collections in the world, serving a wide range of users across a range of disciplines.
This new full-time, 6 month fixed-term position of Cataloguer/Processor will assist the World and Traditional Music team in cataloguing and processing a backlog of unpublished recordings of traditional music from various parts of the world. The recordings include important historic material such as our ethnographic wax cylinders (which are now on the Memory of the World International Register) dating from the early decades of the 20th century and recorded in India, Africa, and parts of the Pacific and Europe; the Linguistic Survey of India recordings, dating from c.1929, as well as more recent unique ethnographic collections. The post holder will be responsible for the integrity of the metadata for digitised recordings in excel and on the Sound and Moving Image catalogue. The Cataloguer/Processor will work as an integral member of the World and Traditional Music team to assist in the preservation and access of these unique music resources by the end of March 2013.
We are seeking a graduate of ethnomusicology (or related discipline, including sound and audiovisual archiving, where a keen interest and knowledge of world music and world cultures/languages exists) with excellent keyboarding and literacy skills, a good eye for detail, experience of working with audio files, with excellent interpersonal and team-working skills. We would like the successful candidate to start work on Monday 22 October, or as soon as possible after this date.
Closing date: 17 September 2012.