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Collection Care North Manager

Vacancy Details

Salary: £29,000 per annum
Location: Boston Spa
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Management
Date Posted: 19/09/2017
Reference: 01467


Full Time, Permanent

The British Library leads and collaborates in growing the world’s knowledge base. The Collection Care department, which comprises some 50 people, is responsible for the care of one of the largest, richest and most diverse research collections in the world. The majority of the collection, including the national newspaper collection and lending collection, is housed at our 42-acre site in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire. A major project is underway to further develop services on-site.

We wish to appoint a Collection Care Manager to develop and manage collection care activities on our Boston Spa site. The post-holder will be the primary collection care contact on site and will work with colleagues and stakeholders across the site to identify and manage risks to physical collections in storage, transit and use. 

Working in close collaboration with the Preventive Conservation and Conservation teams in St. Pancras the post-holder will develop and manage a yearly work programme which balances the needs of the collections with changing user and business needs. The initial focus will be to review activities and further develop the team and extend the range of services on offer to ensure it meets the future needs of the site and collections stored there to ensure a consistent approach to collection care across both sites. The post-holder will line manage the Collection Care North team who currently phase box, shrink wrap and process collection items for an external binding contract.

You need to have a degree in book or paper conservation or equivalent experience, recent experience managing preventive conservation/preservation activities and an understanding of digitisation processes and workflows. In addition you will have a broad knowledge of preventive and conservation treatments within library collections together with the ability to diagnose conservation problems and to develop and evaluate options for solutions. You will work with minimal supervision and have the skills and knowledge to plan and manage your work to ensure that deadlines are met. You must be able to communicate effectively with people at all levels, and be able to keep clear, detailed and accurate records of all treatments undertaken. Previous management of staff, interns or volunteers and delivering coaching or training would be desirable.

Closing Date: 8 October 2017

In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Do you currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom


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