Current Opportunities


 

Enriching the Dictionary of Welsh Biography Data -

 

Project background:

The Dictionary of Welsh Biography was originally published by the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion in two English-language and three Welsh-language volumes covering the whole history of Wales up to 1970.  An electronic version was launched by the National Library of Wales in 2007, it includes all the articles from the print volumes and also articles on a number of people who have died since 1970. The Biography is now published online only, it is a fully bilingual resource. Recently a facility to attach images to the articles on the website was added.

 

The aim of this volunteer project is to identify images of individuals that appear in the Welsh Biography, and/or images related to those individuals, in order to create a comprehensive list of images that can be linked to articles on the Biography website.  Volunteers will search for the digitised images and enter the information into a preformatted spreadsheet, noting the images identified and the URL of the related articles in the Biography. 

 

This project will enable Library staff to add images to articles in the Biography, which will in turn enrich the experience for users of the website.

 

Main tasks: 

  • Browse articles in the Biography to research info on the individuals;
  • Search the web for related digitised images;
  • Record the data in a preformatted Excel spreadsheet.

 

Essential: 

  • The ability to surf the web;
  • 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 interest in digitised material.

 

An opportunity to develop:

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

 

Time and commitment:  

To be agreed


Transcribing ITV news logs

Project background:

The ITV archive in Wales is one of the biggest television archives in Europe and comprises around 250,000 items including cans of film, tapes and other formats. It represents a unique cultural, social and political history of Wales over the past 60 years and contains some of the most iconic television images of the times.

The archive also contains a daily log of all the major news stories covered by ITV Wales and its predecessors since January, 1958, when it began broadcasting as the nation’s first commercial television service.

An opportunity has therefore arisen for volunteers to transcribe the contents of the daily log (stored in around 16 ring files) to a Word document template; this will enable the ITV Archivist to copy the transcriptions and upload them immediately.

Location: 

Dept. – National Screen & Sound Archive Wales The ITV archive.

Main tasks:

Transcribing information from ring files to a Word document template.

Essential:

  • Excellent literacy skills;
  • IT skills (MS Word in particular);
  • The ability to take instruction;
  • The ability to work with limited supervision.

Desirable:

  • An interest in recent history.

An opportunity to develop:

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

Time and commitment:

To be agreed


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


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

Conserving Photographic Negatives of the ITV Collection

Project background:

 

The ITV CymruWales collection is one of the largest television archives in Europe and comprises around 250,000 items. It represents a unique cultural, social and political history of Wales over the past 60 years and contains some of the most iconic television images of the times.

As well as cans of tapes and film, the collection includes around 80 ring files which contain thousands of photographic negatives. The current storage conditions of these negatives is not acceptable. 

Therefore, an opportunity has arisen for volunteers to transfer the negatives into Melinex folders to be stored in purpose-built boxes, in order to improve the storage conditions. The volunteers will also be asked to check that the negatives are stored in the correct order.

 

Main tasks: 

  • Transfering negatives into Melinex folders and storing in appropriate boxes;
  • Listing the negative numbers and checking that they’re stored in the correct order.

 

Essential

  • The ability to take instruction;
  • The ability to work with limited supervision;
  • Organised and methodical.

 

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of Welsh TV from 1950s onwards;
  • An interest in Welsh history and culture.

 

An opportunity to develop:

  • Knowledge of conservation methods of negatives;
  • Organisational skills;
  • Experience to enhance your CV.

 

Time and commitment:   To be agreed


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