You will have a first degree level qualification (or equivalent) in a discipline of the key relevance for the collections, a knowledge of one of the Eastern Slavonic languages to degree level (or equivalent), and a working knowledge of at least one more Slavonic language. You will also have a willingness to acquire further linguistic and cultural knowledge relating to the East European area as required. You will also have experience of relevant work in a research library or similar institution and, ideally, a library qualification or post-graduate degree in a discipline relevant for the role, such as Slavonic and East European Studies, Literature, History or Politics. You will bring to the role a demonstrable ability to engage with a range of groups, including the general public and an academic audience, and an understanding of current research trends in Slavonic and East European Studies. You will also work with new technologies to make our collections more accessible via online platforms and digital formats.
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.
Closing date: 17 TH February 2019
Interview date: 19 th March 2019 Disability Confident
We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy.
In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:
- Do you currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom
- Are you currently a British Library employee or agency member of staff?