Join us – Community Collections Assistant

I’ve some great news to share today, we’ve  opened recruitment for a brand new post on the ALH team, a community collections assistant.

We’re looking for someone to join us for 6 months (full-time) to support our community collections archivist on the York: Gateway to History project.

Our collection already includes over 150 archives created by local groups, societies, businesses and families.  These rich collections are currently only known through difficult to access typed lists of varying standards and detail.

You will pay a key role on making information on these community collections accessible online for the first time, carrying out detailed research and creating authority files – just as I did for the civic archive. You will also be involved in hands on physical processing tasks, such as packaging the archives to ensure their long term survival. We’re looking with someone who is not only interested in working with records, but people too – as you will be involved in supervising small groups of volunteers working on various tasks,  social media, blogging and awareness building such as attending local events in York.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiatic about working with archives and making them accesible to a wider audience, and has excellent literacy, numeracy and computer skills. A degree in a relevant subject area, and experience of using CALM cataloguing software are both desirable but not essential.

This post would suit someone looking for pre-qualification experience, or with an interest in heritage outreach and public history.

You’ll also be a little bit of history yourself as this is the very first new post in our new organisation, Explore York Libraries and Archives, the community benefit society providing York’s city libraries and archives service.

Sounds good? Here’s what you need to do next:

Find out more by downloading an application packfrom www.exploreyork.org.uk by navigating to the ‘Us’ section or following the link to Current Vacancies at the top of the page. If you are unable to access the website please contact jobs@exploreyork.org.uk or call 01904 554247 (8.00am – 4.00pm, Mon – Fri) to request an application pack quoting the job title. 

The closing date for applications is Monday 9th June 2014 at 12 noon.  Interviews will take place in York on Tuesday 1st July.

This post is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the £1.6m York: Gateway to History project.    

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