Archive Research Assistant – Rights, Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, Library Ref 0878

School/department: Library
Hours: Part time hours considered up to a maximum of 18.25 hours. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need). For further details regarding flexible working please follow this link -
Contract: Fixed term for 24 months
Reference: 0878
Salary: Starting at £29,515 and rising to £33,199 per annum, pro rata
Placed on: 01 April 2019
Closing date:  30 April 2019. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: 10 May 2019
Expected start date: As soon as possible.

Job description

We are seeking a knowledgeable, organised and self-motivated Archive Research Assistant – Rights to work on the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project. You will lead our work on securing permissions for the public use of sound archives held in repositories across the South East. 

This exciting project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is led by the British Library.  In conjunction with ten national and regional partners across the UK, the project  will digitally preserve almost half a million endangered sound recordings from across the UK and make 100,000 available online, raising the profile of sound archive collections in the process.

The Keep, represented by the University of Sussex, is the Hub for South East England. Over the next two and half years, running until October 2021, the UOSH team will digitise 5,000 sound items from our collections and other exciting collections from across the region. The digitised recordings will then be used in a creative programme of learning and engagement activities.

You will be responsible for researching rights ownership of selected material, locating and sending permission requests to rights holders, and coordinating with the project team and the British Library’s IP and Licensing Department to ensure that the rights clearance process is thoroughly undertaken and proper due diligence audit trails are in place. 

The aim of the post is to enable as many sound objects as possible to be available for online access.

Download job description and person specification Ref 0878 [PDF 190.60KB]

How to apply

Download our non-academic application form [DOC 183.00KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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