Curator, Romance Collections

British Library

The British Library holds one of the largest and most important collections in the world from the Romance language areas, from the dawn of printing to the present day, and now also embracing electronic publications. As a core member of the Romance team, you will help to build the Romance collections, with a focus on Italian, through acquisition and donation and seek to make this intellectual heritage accessible to everyone, for research, inspiration and enjoyment. You will help to manage the post-1850 collections, and be responsible for contemporary acquisitions, including the introduction of approval plans, from the Italian-speaking countries and will assist those using the Romance collections across all periods and to encourage their use both on site and online.

You will have a degree-level or equivalent knowledge of Italian and a willingness to develop further linguistic and cultural knowledge relating to the Romance areas as required. A working knowledge of another key Romance language or Modern Greek is desirable. 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 Italian, 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 Italian Studies. You will also assist in implementing new technologies to make our collections more accessible via online and digital platforms.

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Closing Date: 28th September 2017
Interview Date:
30th October 2017

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