Conservator (JRRI): Library & Cultural Institutions, University of Manchester, UK: 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 Collection Care Department is recruiting a 0.5FTE Conservator to support the work of the John Rylands Research Institute. You will work as part of the team alongside fellows, scholars and curators making collections safe for access and supporting material research on the collections themselves.
The Collection Care team, as part of the Content, Collections and Discovery division, is responsible for the Conservation and Preservation of all Library Collections across multiple sites.
The Conservator will be expected to contribute to all other Collection Care activities as necessary.
You will be a qualified book or paper conservator. You will have a strong team ethic, proven craft skills, excellent communication skills and be able to work independently and unsupervised across a wide range of Collection Care duties, whilst adhering to strict deadlines.
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.
Hours & Place of Work
Working hours are 17.5 hours per week. It is envisaged that the working days will include Mondays and Fridays but actual days and hours will be by agreement with the successful candidate.
This role will be based primarily at the John Rylands Library, which holds numerous world-renowned manuscripts, archives and printed books, but may also include working across other Library sites.
All Library staff are required to wear a name badge.
As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as black and minority ethnic (BME)/male candidates are currently under-represented at this level in this area, we would particularly welcome applications from BME/male applicants. All appointments will be made on merit.
Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Jim Duff
Tel: 0161 275 4499
Tel: 01565 818 234