Closing date: 23 May 2022

Salary: £55,489 - £67,358

Employment type: Open Ended

Hours per week: 35

The Warburg Institute is seeking a new Librarian and Director of Collections at an important moment in its history. Work is just about to begin on the Warburg Renaissance project that will transform the Institute’s historic home in Bloomsbury, improving spaces for people and collections and opening the Warburg to new publics and partners. Construction begins in July 2022 and when the project is finished in December 2023 there will not only be 30% more room for collections and a new centre for the storage, care and study of our special collections but also a public-facing ground-floor hub with the Institute’s first gallery for physical and digital exhibitions.

The successful candidate will take his/her place in a long line of scholar-librarians, stretching back to Fritz Saxl—who helped to organise Warburg’s Library and became the Institute’s first Director. But there will be new opportunities and responsibilities in leading a unified collection with an emphasis on both increased access and innovative digital technology. At the same time, the new Librarian will work with colleagues across the School of Advanced Study on the Senate House Library Transformation Project to ensure that our collections become more than the sum of their parts and help make Bloomsbury more visible and viable as one of the Western world’s greatest concentrations of libraries. Finally, the School is working closely with the AHRC and other funders to collaborate with colleagues across the so-called GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) to host professional practice fellowships, deliver teaching and training and co-develop cutting-edge research projects.

In this role, you will lead all aspects of operations and strategy for the Warburg Institute’s Library, Photographic Collection and Archive; you will use the ‘Warburg Renaissance’ project to enhance public engagement with the collections; you will play an active role in the academic life of Institute and School (including research projects and teaching/supervision); and you will work with other librarians to deliver the Senate House Library Transformation Project.

We are calling for applications from qualified candidates with ambitious ideas and a strong background in any aspect of scholarship, librarianship, collections management and/or public engagement. Preference will be given to candidates with a grounding in Ancient, Medieval and/or Renaissance culture.

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