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Project Cataloguer, Comics (Assistant Librarian), National Art Library

Victoria and Albert Museum


Posted 2 weeks ago


Join the prestigious V&A Museum as a Comics Cataloguer and play a pivotal role in preserving art and design history


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£26217 - £34956

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Cromwell Road, London

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Expires at anytime

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is a cultural haven, celebrated as the globe's premier institution for art and design. Its heart, the National Art Library, is a treasure trove for research in art and design history, boasting an impressive collection of over 900,000 printed and manuscript items. Among these are vast arrays of comics and graphic novels that stand as a testament to the cultural impact and artistic merit of the medium.

  • Lead the cataloguing project for the Rakoff Romance Collection of comics, focusing on the depiction of women.
  • Work with the Serials Librarian and comics curator to accomplish project goals within the set deadline.
  • Adhere to RDA / MARC 21 standards using the OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services (WMS).
  • Experience in library cataloguing and familiarity with RDA / MARC 21 standards.
  • Ability to handle sensitive material with discretion.
  • Interest in comics and graphic novels, particularly romance comics from the 1940s and 50s.
  • Generous pension scheme
  • 29 days of leave plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Complimentary tickets to V&A exhibitions
  • Subsidised staff canteen
  • 25% discount in V&A shops
  • Various loan schemes including bicycle and season ticket loans
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme and staff diversity networks

The V&A is the world's leading museum of art and design. At its heart is the National Art Library (NAL), one of the world’s foremost art libraries, open to everyone interested in researching art and design histories, and much else besides.

The Role

The Library is responsible for over 900,000 printed and manuscript items, including works collected to exemplify the art and design of the book and publishing, from medieval illuminated manuscripts to contemporary photo books. Among these are very extensive collections of comics and graphic novels, as publications that marry images and words and have a wide cultural reach. One comics collection remains to be catalogued: this consists of c480 titles (c1500 issues) focussed on the depiction of women, largely (but not solely) aimed at female readers. A small proportion of the material is sexually explicit and/or offensive, but is being preserved here as a record of attitudes and publishing practices of the period. The collection is particularly strong on the most popular years of American, pre-Comics Code, romance comic books of the 1940s and 50s. Funding has been earmarked to enable this cataloguing to be completed as a project in 2024. Library cataloguing at the V&A follows RDA / MARC 21 and other standards. The library management system is OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services (WMS), and the catalogue is Discovery (see https:/ Working to the NAL’s Serials Librarian and comics curator, the Comics Cataloguer will design and execute the Rakoff Romance Collection comics cataloguing project, to the agreed deadline.

Job requirements

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.8 million objects, books and archives that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The museum holds many of the UK's national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.


Generous pension scheme 29 days plus bank holidays Flexible working Tickets to V&A exhibitions Subsidised staff canteen 25% discount in V&A shops Give as you earn scheme Bicycle loan Interest-free season ticket Interest-free rental deposit loan Free safety checks and small repairs to your bike with Doctor Bike Wide range of training and professional development opportunities Employee Assistance Programme Staff diversity networks


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