The British Library holds one of the largest and most important collections in the world from Central and Eastern Europe in Slavonic and other East European languages. The collections range from early printed to contemporary publications, including digital resources. As a member of the Slavonic & East European Collections team, part of the wider European and Americas Team, you will focus on building and curating the Polish, Czech and Slovak collections. Polish is one of the most spoken languages in the UK after English and the Library has close connections with Polish, Czech and Slovak educational and cultural organisations in the UK. You will manage, develop and curate the post-1850 physical and digital collections and seek to make this intellectual heritage accessible to everyone for research, inspiration and enjoyment through promotion and interpretation of the collections. This will include assisting users of the collections across all periods, providing linguistic, cultural and professional knowledge and expertise in these areas.
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 three Western Slavonic languages (Polish, Czech or Slovak) to degree level (or equivalent) and a good working knowledge of the other two. You will also be willing 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 have proven ability to engage with a range of audiences, including the general public and academics, 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.
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 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 flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.
More about the British Library
As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At the moment 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.
For further information and to apply, please visit www.bl.uk/careers quoting vacancy ref: 03733
Closing Date: 29 August 2021
We are able to provide sponsorship under the UK Skilled Worker visa for this role, as it meets the eligibility criteria required for this immigration route.