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Curator of North Indian Languages
Location London, St Pancras
Directorate Scholarship & Collections
Grade B: £26,357 - £32,988 pa
Closing Date: 30 September 2006 (This closing date has been extended from
15 Sep 06)
This is a full time, permanent position based in St. Pancras, London.
A vacancy exists for a Curator of North Indian languages in the British
Librarys Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections. The North Indian
collections comprise both manuscripts and printed books, serials and
newspapers in eight languages: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi,
Marathi, Nepali, Oriya and Panjabi, and the Librarys collection of
manuscripts and printed books in these languages is the best in the world
outside the subcontinent.
You will be part of the Librarys close-knit team of South Asian language
specialists, whose tasks are to develop, document and make available the
national collection of works in South Asian languages. Your principal
duties will therefore include: managing and documenting the manuscript
collections; establishing and monitoring an acquisitions programme;
selecting current research-level publications; MARC-cataloguing of new
acquisitions; identifying material for conservation and reprography; and
providing information to users, both on-site and remote, about the
collections and about the history, religion and culture of the Indian
subcontinent more generally. You will be expected to undertake occasional
enquiry desk duties in the Asian and African Studies Reading Room. You
will also be expected to represent the Library at external conferences and
You must have a degree or equivalent qualification/experience in a North
Indian language, preferably Hindi or Bengali, and a knowledge of the
literature, history, religion and culture of the Indian subcontinent to
degree level. In addition, a knowledge of another North Indian language,
familiarity with MARC-cataloguing, a qualification in librarianship,
and/or experience of working in a research library, will all be
Of prime importance:
* a degree or equivalent qualification/experience in a North Indian
language (preferably Hindi or Bengali) and a knowledge of the relevant
literature, history, religion and culture to degree level.
* ability to work as part of a small, close-knit specialist team.
* experience and ease of working with computers (word-processing,
database searching, using the Internet).
* ability to deal diplomatically and courteously face-to-face with
readers and other enquirers, understanding and interpreting their needs.
* previous experience of working in a research library or archive, and
a professional qualification in librarianship or information science
* enthusiasm and high self-motivation.
* ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing,
with people at all levels within the organisation and outside.
* aptitude for collections-based research with potential to undertake
original research and publication relating to the Librarys North Indian
* ability to direct and advise support staff in acquisitions,
conservation, reprographics, etc.
* knowledge of more than one North Indian language would obviously be
For further information please see the attached job profile and/or contact
Michael O'Keefe on 0207 412 7654 for an informal discussion about this
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