Community Research Graduate Internship 2021
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research libraries. We acquire, preserve and give access to over 150 million items, ranging from historical manuscripts, books, journals and maps to patents, sound recordings, photographs and the latest digital media.
What we do
As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future and make it available to all for research, inspiration and enjoyment. At present we have well over 170 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 make our collections and programmes available to all. 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 by anyone, anywhere.
About the role
This internship will be part of the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) project, as part of the British Library’s Save Our Sounds programme. It is a 12 months Fix Term Contract and will allow you to gain professional experience working on a UK-wide digitisation project. You will work closely with the UOSH Learning team to gain insight into the work they do, supporting the community activities by identifying and researching a selection of key sound collections that will be used as part of creative projects and digital outputs with BAME community partners.
You will work closely with members of the wider UOSH project team, including curators, cataloguers and members of the copyright team. You will learn about using audio archives, copyright clearance, creating digital content, and how audio archive content is used in public and community engagement activities.
Please note that due to current restrictions in place at the British Library, as a result of Covid-19, there may be a requirement to work at least some of the time from home.
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 a minimum of 26.6%. 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 flexible leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.