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


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’

(https://alpha.webarchive.org.uk/en/ukwa/collection/1023).

 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.


Listing the Content of ITV Wales History & Current Affairs Series

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.

Amongst the archive are collections of tapes of:

a) ITV Wales history series, such as  “Your Century” (collating the public’s recollections of siginificant events in the 20th century); and

b) Current affairs series, such as ‘Wales This Week’.

An opportunity has been identified for volunteers to add value to the data on these collections.

Main tasks: 

  • Viewing the programme;
  • Listing the topics discussed and the names of those being interviewed;
  • Transcribing memorable quotations.

Essential: 

  • Excellent literacy skills;
  • IT skills (MS Word in particular);
  • Knowledge of Welsh history in the 20th century;
  • The ability to take instruction;
  • The ability to work with limited supervision;
  • Attention to detail and methodical.

An opportunity to develop:

  • IT skills;
  • A better understanding of Welsh history in the 20th century;
  • Admin skills;
  • Experience to enhance your CV.

Time and commitment:   To be agreed


Transcribing the Don Griffiths Collection

Project background:

Don Griffiths was a photographer for North Wales Newspapers from 1960-2000. His negatives, copyright and card index were recently added to our collection. The card index is more or less in alphabetical order and gives the name of the sitters, along with a date and a code for the negative.

In order to enable both NLW staff and readers to access the collection the information on the index cards needs to be transcribed into a suitable spreadsheet. 

Main tasks: 

  • Transcribing data from the card index to an excel spreadsheet. Proposed fields are:
  • Subject/Name (surname followed by forenames);
  • Description;
  • Date photo taken;
  • Negative number.

Essential:

  • IT skills (MS Excel in particular);
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills;
  • The ability to interpret handwriting;
  • 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


The Guy Hughes Collection

Project background:

The Guy Hughes Collection consists of an estimated 8,000 numbered negatives that represent the output of Guy Hughes (1881-1972), a professional photographer who operated from premises in Pwllheli from 1909 - ca.1945.  Most of his output was in the form of studio portraits of local people.

Along with the negatives are his ten studio day books. The number on each negative corresponds to an entry in his day books giving details of each sitter and the date the photograph was taken. 

We are inviting volunteers to transcribe these day books onto a suitable database; this will enable the names of sitters and their portraits to be identified and made readily available to the public.

Main tasks: 

Transcribing information from the day books to an excel database.  Proposed fields are:-

  • Negative number;
  • Date taken;Name(s);
  • Address.

Essential: 

  • IT skills (MS Excel in particular);
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills;
  • The ability to interpret hand writing;
  • The ability to work with limited supervision;
  • Attention to detail and methodical.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of village and place names in the Pwllheli area.

An opportunity to develop:

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

Time and commitment:   To be agreed.


Listing Ordnance Survey Microfilms

Project background:

The Library has a collection of mircoform aperture cards produced by the Ordnance Survey between 1979 and 1997 to provide the Legal Deposit Libraries with updates to large-scale OS plans after they stopped publishing them as printed maps.

Titled ‘Survey Information on Microfilm’ (SIMS), these microforms are only catalogued at series level -  there is no listing of the individual sheets, so it is not possible to know what the coverage is.

These maps need listing so that staff are able to know which sheets are held, without having to look through the cabinets.

Main tasks:  

To list the sheet number, edition and date of each aperture card; and
To ensure that the cards are in the correct order in the drawers.

Essential:  

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


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