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Job: Photographic Collections Curator / NLS

The National Library of Scotland has an extensive collection of photographic material, including loose and mounted photographs, photograph albums, slides, negatives, volumes illustrated with photographs and photographic postcards. There are several discrete photographic collections but most of the material is dispersed through the print and archival collections. The post of Photographic Collections Curator is one of several roles created as part of a project to improve the Library’s knowledge of these collections, to develop its policies and practices in this area, and to make the collections more accessible through description and digitisation.   

The Photographic Collections Curator will report to the Rare Books, Maps and Music Collections Manager but will work across the entire range of the collections, including General Collections, Manuscripts and Archives Collections and the Moving Image Archive as well as the RBMM collections. They will survey the photographic collections in their entirety, co-ordinate finding aids, inventories and catalogues, and will work on a project to digitise and create metadata for one particular collection.    

Applications are encouraged from individuals who have both subject expertise in the history of photography and its technical processes and experience of working with photographic collections in a library, archive or other cultural heritage institution – in particular, experience of cataloguing and description, collection management, digitisation and/or interpretation.     

Location: National Library of Scotland (George IV Bridge Building)
Vacancy Description: Salary - £26,700 Full time – 37 hours (Part-time would be considered) Fixed term for 1 year full time or part time equivalent

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