It is the Editorial development department’s role to visit archives, firstly to research possible content for a project, then to assess the material fully. Editorial Production are involved with arranging scanning, meeting with archives and libraries, establishing our indexing parameters, liaising with our editorial board members and external suppliers, and working closely with our Development, Technical, Sales and Marketing departments throughout.
A Day in the Life: Editorial Assistant
In my role I get involved in a number of editorial tasks including; quality-checking digitised images of primary source documents, creating data for import spreadsheets; including indexing manuscript, visual and printed resources and researching subject matter in order to create chronologies and other project features. When a project is close to publishing I also perform testing to ensure the resource is working as it should before going live. In addition to these office-based tasks I have also had the opportunity to visit The National Archives, UK in order to count and assess material for projects. Working here gives me the opportunity to view and engage with a vast array of historical resources on a daily basis; including early nineteenth century pamphlets, printed books and ephemera, through to advertisements and confidential government files from the twentieth century.
The role is always varied and it includes the opportunity to get away from my desk on occasion, whether it be for a meeting in the UK, or a trip to the United States. My role has helped me to broaden my general knowledge, working on subjects I previously knew little about, as well as giving me the chance to enhance my knowledge in some subject areas that I love.
I can see a career ahead at the company that I am motivated to work towards and achieve. I feel that there are opportunities for personal development.