The University of Manchester Library (UML) is seeking a book or paper conservator to assist in the preservation and conservation of our outstanding Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives, maps and visual collections.
The UML 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, research and teaching 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 UML’s Special Collections are among the richest holdings of rare books, manuscripts, archives, maps and visual collections in the world. They span five millennia and include virtual every medium ever used for written communications, from cuneiform clay tablets to email archives. The collections are a superb resource for research, teaching and learning and the Library has a vibrant academic engagement programme. 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.
We are seeking a book or paper conservator to join our dynamic and highly skilled Collection Care team, to undertake a wide range of preservation and conservation procedures, and to advise and train staff and researchers in the use of library materials. You will have a recognised qualification in book and paper conservation and/or relevant experience of book, paper or preventative conservation; excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to work as part of a team; an ability to deliver high quality work to agreed timetables; and excellent organisational and prioritising skills.
Culture and Values
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 our values are demonstrated through the University’s values:
• Knowledge: we are ambitious in our pursuit of new ideas, greater understanding and discovery.
• Wisdom: we share and apply our knowledge and experience to guide balanced and evidenced decisions for ourselves and for society.
• Humanity: we embrace and celebrate difference, respect and support each other, and act with integrity to benefit society and the environment by transforming and enriching lives.
• Academic freedom: we support with enthusiasm and vigour the principles of freedom of thought and speech.
• Courage: we think and speak freely, and act boldly to challenge assumptions and shape our future for the greater good.
• Pioneering spirit: in the radical Manchester spirit, and inspired by our people, history and scale, we create the exceptional.
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 28 hours per week.
This post is based in the John Rylands Library. However all Library employees are required to work at any Library site, as necessary.
All Library staff are required to wear a name badge.
Interviews are likely to be held in August 2021.
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.
As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.
Happy to talk flexible working.
Blended working arrangements may be considered
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: Elisabeth Carr, Collection Care Manager
This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.
Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.