Jobs for Medievalists

Special Collections Librarian (Rare Books and Digital Humanities) – University of Manchester

Salary : £30,738 to £37,768 per annum

Location : John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester Job Reference : L&CI-08783

Dr Peter Nockles will be retiring from the John Rylands Library at the end of this month after nearly 37 years service with the University and we wish him well in his future endeavours. We are now seeking to appoint a Special Collections Librarian (Rare Books and Digital Humanities) to:

promote and support innovative Digital Humanities initiatives focussed upon the Special Collections, in order to transform the way we connect our academic audiences with our collections, via digital media and new technologies. You will also manage and develop the Library’s World Religions & Theology rare book collections (digital and print) to make them more accessible for researchers, students and visitors.

You will be a graduate with a professional qualification in librarianship or similar. In addition, you will be committed to the exploitation of Special Collections for research, teaching and learning, and public engagement; have excellent communication and team-working skills; have experience of managing rare books; and have a strong commitment to developing a broad knowledge of Special Collections materials across formats, for the benefit of our audiences.

The University of Manchester Library is one of only five UK National Research Libraries and the third largest academic library in the UK. Our vast and rich collections help us to deliver a world-class library and information service for The University of Manchester. While our primary objective is to meet the learning, teaching and research needs of University members, we are also fully committed to widening access to our services to individual researchers, local schools and others in the regional community.

You will be joining the Library at a crucial time. The John Rylands Research Institute (established in 2013) is revealing and exploring hidden ideas and knowledge contained within our world-leading Special Collections, and creating an international community of scholars and researchers across many disciplines. Our Audience Development Plan is also driving the strategic improvement of the visitor experience at the John Rylands Library, one of Manchester’s top attractions.

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The closing date is 25 September.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: John Hodgson or Stella Halkyard

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