Current Opportunities


Transcribing the NLW Accessions Books

Project background:

The NLW Graphic and Audio Visual Section has a series of 8 Accessions Books which contain comprehensive details of all visual collections/items, donated to the NLW pre 1996, and their donors.

For practical and conservation reasons, an opportunity has been identified for volunteers to transcribe the contents of the books into an Excel spreasheet.  The electronic version created will be an useful resource, both in terms of conserving the data and in allowing better access for all of the section’s staff members.

Due to other priorities, this task would not be undertaken by NLW staff.

Location: 

 Unique Collections Dept; Graphic & Audio Visual Section.

Main tasks:

Transcribing data from the Accessions Books to an Excel spreasheet.

Essential:

  • IT skills, MS Excel in particular;
  • The ability to take instruction;
  • The ability to work with limited supervision;
  • Attention to detail and methodical.

Desirable:

  • An interest in Welsh history and culture.

An opportunity to develop:

  • IT skills;
  • Organisational skills;
  • Experience to enhance your CV.

Time and commitment:

To be agreed


Brexit Special Collection within the UK Web Archive: Brexit and Wales

Project background:

The UK Web Archive (UKWA) collects millions of websites each year and preserves them for future generations. Within UKWA Special Collections have been created focusing on a particular theme, including one on ‘Brexit: Impact on Wales’

UKWA Impact on Wales.

 We would like to extend the scope of the collection to include ‘Brexit and Wales’ articles from:

a) the three Welsh online media outlets, Wales Online, BBC and Golwg360; and

b) Welsh think tanks / research institutions, Political Parties, Trade Unions and Business in Wales, Agricultural Unions and Government in Wales. 

It is important that these voices and opinions are recorded in this collection to give researchers access to more diverse material and subject-focused articles detailing the impact of Brexit on Wales.

Main tasks

  • Browse within the UK Web Archive for archived online articles from BBC Wales, Wales Online, Golwg360 and Welsh organisations’ websites;
  • Select current online articles to include within UK Web Archive;
  • Include ‘Brexit and Wales’ articles already identified and included within an Excel spreadsheet;
  • Transfer basic information from the articles to preformatted fields (as prepared by NLW staff) and save to the UK Web Archive; including – the url, the title and owner of the article, the creator (name of journalist), date of publication and subject tag

Essential: 

  • IT skills;
  • Research skills;
  • Good web literacy skills;
  • The ability to take instructions;
  • The ability to work with limited supervision;
  • Attention to detail and methodical;

 Desirable:

  • An interest in Politics and Wales.
  • An opportunity to develop:
  • IT skills;
  • Organistational skills;
  • Experience to enhance your CV;
  • Knowledge of the web.

Time and commitment:   To be agreed.


Digital Image Tagging

Project background:

The Library has shared nearly 20,000 of its digital images with metadata on an open licence via Wikimedia, so that our collections can be freely reused by anyone.

To make this data as rich and as useful as possible we want to take the tags – the data which describes our digital images – and pinpoint where exactly in the images those things appear by drawing a box around the tagged element.

Main tasks: 

The NLW Wikimedian will prepare a spreadsheet for volunteers.  The spreadsheet will include hyperlinks to view each image using a special interface which allows them to see a list of all the tags for each  image. Volunteers will then click on a tag and highlight exactly where in the image this appears, by simply dragging a box around it.

Output:

The data created will allow our users to easily locate and view cropped images of all the things tagged in the larger art works. For example, we could do a search to find all the pictures of hats, or of a particular castle.

Essential: 

  • IT skills;
  • The ability to take instruction;
  • The ability to work with limited supervision;
  • Attention to detail and methodical.

Desirable:

  • An interest in Welsh history and culture.

An opportunity to develop:

  • IT skills;
  • Experience to enhance your CV.

Time and commitment:   To be agreed


Creating Articles for Wikipedia

Project background:

Wikipedia is one of the most viewed websites in the world and the Welsh language Wikipedia is the most viewed Welsh language website of all time. The National Library is committed to working with Wikipedia to develop Welsh language content and information about Wales in all languages. Anyone can edit Wikipedia. From adding images or citations through to creating brand new articles Wikipedia provides a platform for everyone to share knowledge with the world.

Location:

Initially - South Reading Room – under the supervision of the Library’s Residential Wikipedian; following a probationary period, the role can be carried out remotely.

Main tasks:

  • use reliable sources of information (provided) to edit and improve existing Wikipedia articles on a range of subjects relating to Wales
  • Use reliable sources of information to create new Wikipedia articles
  • Add images from Wikimedia Commons to Wikipedia Articles
  • Improve Wikidata items (optional)

Essential:

  • the ability to surf the web
  • excellent literacy and grammar
  • the ability to take instruction
  • the ability to work with limited supervision
  • attention to detail and methodical

Desirable:

  • an interest in Welsh history and culture
  • an interest in historical research

An opportunity to develop:

  • IT skills
  • research skills
  • writing skills
  • experience to enhance your CV

Time and commitment:

To be agreed