Vacancy: Parker Sub-Librarian and Digital Projects Librarian

The Parker Library at Corpus Christi College is looking for a new Sub-Librarian/Digital Projects Librarian, as the current post-holder, Dr Suzanne Paul, is now moving on. Quoting from the job description:

The Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge is seeking an experienced and reliable Sub Librarian and Digital Projects Librarian. The postholder will be jointly responsible (with the other Sub Librarian) for the day to day management of its world-class collection of medieval manuscripts and rare books (60%) and will also take responsibility for the library’s contribution to Parker on the Web (40%). The two positions are offered as a single full-time post.

Sub Librarian duties include supervising readers, dealing with bibliographical enquiries and image requests, and conducting talks and guided tours of the library for both academic visitors and the general public. Experience of working in an academic or specialist library is essential, as is an understanding of the care and handling of rare books and manuscripts. Relevant research experience and knowledge of medieval languages and palaeography would be an advantage. Public engagement is an important aspect of the role and the Sub Librarian requires excellent verbal and written abilities to promote the library and its collections to a variety of audiences, in person, in print and via social media. Experience of modern book cataloguing using AACR2 and MARC 21, preferably using the Voyager management system would also be desirable.

As Digital Projects Librarian (40%), the postholder will be responsible for updating and developing Parker on the Web, working in close collaboration with the colleagues at Stanford University and Harrassowitz. Excellent IT skills are essential, particularly in the use of XML and databases, as well as a good awareness of new developments in digital humanities with potential relevance to Parker on the Web.

These two positions are offered as a single full-time post. The Sub Librarian (60%) role is a permanent one and the Digital Projects Librarian (40%) is a fixed term post, guaranteed initially until September 2016.

In return, you will receive a very competitive salary, excellent benefits and conditions of employment, including a pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, car parking and use of College facilities.

The brief description is online at (you will need to scroll down quite a long way), and the full Job Description/Person Specification is at

Needless to say this has nothing to do with the DigiPal project, although we have benefited directly from the Parker Library and its partners in their digitisation program, Stanford University and Harrasowitz, through the generous permission to use their images for our project (for which see here). I can also testify that the library has an extraordinary collection of manuscripts and is a very nice place to work!


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