Academic Advisory Board Member for British History Online

British History Online seeks to build the world’s premier non-profit digital library of British History materials. This library brings together medieval and modern British history records from the collections of libraries, archives, museums, and individuals, and makes them more easily discoverable. The current collection includes over a thousand works, transcribed to very high standards and we are seeking to continually grow that collection in the coming years. The project seeks two (2) members to join its Academic Advisory Board for a term of three (3) years to advise on content acquisition strategy.

We intend to appoint:

  1. One Early career researcher (Postgraduate/Postdoc/Recently Appointed)
  2. One Established Academic

Board members will assess the appropriateness of content suggested by third parties, as well as recommend content to prioritise for digitisation. Emphasis should be on ensuring that the strengths of the collection are reinforced, and any notable gaps in its coverage are addressed.

Essential Criteria:

  • Academic expertise in British History.
  • Interest in shaping the future of digital collections across subject areas and eras.
  • Experience working remotely as part of a team.
  • Able to review brief content proposals and return them promptly to the project team within one month (no more than twelve times per year).

Desirable Criteria:

  • Appreciation of family history/genealogy and the needs of these users.
  • Awareness of other digital collections related to British History.
  • Experience with libraries or archives and collections management.
  • Experience with peer review.

This is a voluntary position and board members will not be employees of the University of London or of the Institute of Historical Research.

Interested applicants are asked to send a cover letter and 2-page CV by 30 April 2014 to

Published on: 
12 Mar 2014