Azim Premji Foundation is looking for a Fellow, School Books Archive (job advert here).  
 
The Archive of Schoolbooks and School Education Artifacts envisions to

  • set up an open-access, multimodal, collaborative, international archive of schoolbooks and artefacts related to school education
  • facilitate its effective usage by a diverse set of users such as school teachers, schoolbook writers, curriculum developers, illustrators, editors, printers, publishers, historians and education-researchers
This may be of special interest to people who have worked or would like to work in the area of history of education; colonial, post-colonial and international textbooks; comparative education; archiving educational artifacts etc. and provides an excellent opportunity to contribute to the setting up of an one-of-its-kind archive in the country.

The Fellow would primarily be based in Bangalore. Those interested may write to maryann.george@azimpremjifoundation.org to apply.

Job Description

Archive of Schoolbooks and School Education Artefact in an initiative of the Azim Premji Foundation. The project envisions to:

 

  • set up an open-access, multimodal, collaborative, international archive of schoolbooks and artefacts related to school education
  • facilitate its effective usage by a diverse set of users such as school teachers, schoolbook writers, curriculum developers, illustrators, editors, printers, publishers, historians and education-researchers
Job Mandate:
The Fellow will coordinate the process of setting up of and promoting the use of the Schoolbooks Archive among various stakeholders; in collaboration with and under the guidance of project steering committee and other project team members.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Be an active member of the project team of the Schoolbooks Archive and assist the convener of the group in organizing meets, consultations etc. within agreed timelines
  • Lead the execution of the archive-building process by identifying possible sources of material and facilitating their procurement and digitization where applicable
  • Assist in the mapping of existing catalogues; networking with existing archives/collections; curating and cataloguing the archival material and setting up the textbook library
  • Coordinate with potential partners and legal team for signing memorandum of understanding etc.
  • Promoting awareness and usage of the archive among a diverse set of potential users; including development of outreach/advocacy strategy, organizing exhibitions in collaboration with other institutions etc.
  • Coordinate the development, curation and maintenance of the archives website
  • Write periodic reports on the project and share with different stakeholders
Work Experience: 

  • Professional experience of at least 2 years, preferably in an academic or research institution
  • Previous experience of setting up an archive or using them extensively

Skills/Competencies:

  • Excellent project coordination skills and ability to multi-task
  • Willing to work under and meet tight timelines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with ability to produce high quality reports and updates
  • Willing to travel extensively within the country and stay for extended periods outside Bangalore depending on project requirements
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively deal with various internal/ external partners
  • Excellent knowledge (written and oral) of English and fair knowledge of Hindi. Knowledge of regional Indian languages is a plus
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the content digitization process and Indian copyright laws is a plus

Azim Premji Foundation

Azim Premji Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, operational since 2001, with a vision to significantly contribute to achieving quality universal education that facilitates a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society. Azim Premji University, which will house the Schoolbooks Archive, was set up by the Azim Premji Foundation, to contribute to this vision through the development of talent and the creation of knowledge which can facilitate systemic change in education and allied development areas.
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