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Project Archivist - Alcoholics Anonymous Archive Cataloguing Project

Library and Archives
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
31,604 - 33,518 per year
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Role Description

The University of York is seeking a qualified archivist to catalogue the Alcoholics Anonymous Archive. This project archivist post provides an opportunity for an experienced archivist to further develop their arrangement and description skills using the distinctive AtoM platform, and to link the archive explicitly with the semi-current and current records of a continuing organisation. It also offers the opportunity to work at the interface of research and confidentiality on a national archive, with consequent opportunities to influence the national debate about practice in this area.

You will arrange and describe the material in accordance with international archival cataloguing standards, make the catalogue publicly available, and promote the archive via an agreed communications plan, in order to give this internationally significant archive the prominence it deserves and open it up to researchers for the first time. You will work closely with a team of archivists and liaise and report to a project board comprising of Borthwick archivists and Alcoholics Anonymous officers.

You should have a good first degree and a recognised postgraduate qualification in archives; experience of archival cataloguing; sound knowledge of the application of data protection legislation and archive cataloguing standards; the ability to work independently and to deadlines; strong written and oral communication skills; excellent IT skills; and the ability to utilise specialist archival cataloguing software.

The role is full time, Monday to Friday, and is available on a 36 month fixed term contract from September 2018. The Information Services Directorate operates a flexi-time scheme which allows for flexible working whilst ensuring operational requirements are fulfilled.


It is anticipated that interviews will be held on 12 September 2018. For queries about the role, please contact Dr Amanda Jones, Archivist (Tel. 01904 321171; Email:   

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