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Special Collections Librarian (Wellcome Project)
University of Manchester Library, Oxford Road

Job reference: L&CI-09719

Location: University of Manchester Library, Oxford Road

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 14/03/2017

Salary: £31,076 to £38,183 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Cultural Institutions

Division: Special Collections

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: From 02 May 2017 to 30 April 2019

School / Directorate: The University of Manchester Library

We are seeking to appoint a Special Collections Librarian (Wellcome project) to: catalogue the University of Manchester medical collections according to recognised descriptive standards for printed collections and develop access to these collections through contributing to the Library’s reader services, promotions, exhibitions, events and other strategies.

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 library/archive or related management and resource discovery systems and familiarity with AACR2, RDA and MARC21 standards.

The University of Manchester Library is one of only five 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.

Culture and Values – Our Five Ways of Working

The University of Manchester Library strives to create a working environment that is supportive and rewarding providing a platform from which we can achieve our ambitious strategy.

1.         Empowerment – Empowering and supporting individuals to take more risks

2.         Openness – More questioning and working with greater openness and trust

3.         Inclusion – Creating an inclusive culture by recognising each other’s differences and strengths

4.         Responsibility – Taking collective responsibility to achieve our shared goals

5.         Support – Delighting in our success whilst supporting each other through adversity

It’s important that all colleagues share in this vision and are committed to helping create a working environment that is both rewarding and fulfilling. Please consider this before applying for this role.

Interviews for this position will take place on Monday 27 March 2017

Hours & Place of Work

Normal working hours are 35 hours per week

The start date will be 2 May 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter by mutual agreement.

This post is based primarily in the Main Library, Oxford Road. However, all Library employees are required to work at any Library site, as necessary.

All Library staff are required to wear an identity badge.

Informal enquiries

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Julianne Simpson


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Further particulars


The closing date for this job has now passed.