Carcanet Press Project Archivist and Administrator

Job Reference : L&CI-12872
Location : John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester
Closing Date (DD-MM-YYYY) : 23/10/2018
Salary : £32,236-39,609 pro rata
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Cultural Institutions
Division : Special Collections
Hours Per week : 0.5 FTE 17.5 hours
Contract Duration : From November 2018 until 31 January 2020

Dr Lise Jaillant of Loughborough University has recently been awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Leadership Award, for a project entitled ‘Survival of the Weakest: Preserving and Analysing Born-Digital Records to Understand How Small Poetry Publishers Survive in the Global Marketplace’. The aim of the project is to preserve, make accessible and analyse born-digital records to understand how small poetry publishers survive in the global marketplace. Focusing on the specific case of Manchester-based Carcanet Press, the project will consider the role of institutions, networks and technological change to show how Britain's leading poetry publisher successfully targeted poetry ‘users’ interested in an experience not limited to solitary reading.

We are seeking a professional archivist to catalogue sections of the Carcanet Press Archive, an outstanding modern literary archive containing both paper and digital formats, to facilitate Dr Jaillant’s research; to support Dr Jaillant in conducting an oral history project on Carcanet Press; and to support the administration, promotion and successful delivery of the project. You will have a professional qualification in archive management, and/or relevant experience at a comparable level; professional experience in a relevant environment; knowledge and experience of managing born-digital archives; experience of managing archives containing personal data and/or involving issues of confidentiality; and excellent digital literacy.

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 (both print and increasingly digital) 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.

The Library’s Special Collections are among the richest holdings of rare books, manuscripts, archives, maps and visual collections in the world. The collections are a superb resource for research, teaching and learning and the Library has a vibrant academic engagement programme. Among these collections is the internationally significant archive of Carcanet Press. Through the John Rylands Research Institute, we deliver an extensive programme of research on the collections, in collaboration with academic colleagues from the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester.

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. This culture and values is embodied in our five ways of working:

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.

Hours & Place of Work

Normal working hours are a minimum of 17.5 per week and these currently comprise daytime “office hours” from Monday to Friday. The flexibility to work occasionally outside office hours and at weekends to plan, attend or support Library events and initiatives is assumed. This is a fixed term post for 15 months.

This post is based at the John Rylands Library, Deansgate. However, all Library employees are required to work at any Library site, as necessary.

All Library staff are required to wear a name badge.

You should demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria required in the person specification by giving specific examples in the “additional information” section of the online application form

Interviews are likely to be held on 8 November 2018.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the black and minority ethnic (BME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area.  All appointments will be made on merit.                                                                                                                                

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: John Hodgson or Dr Lise Jaillant

Email: or

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499


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

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