College Librarian

Job Description


(Reference Number: LI20001)


Magdalen College is seeking an experienced and energetic College Librarian to replace Daryl Green who is taking up the post of Head of Special Collections at the University of Edinburgh.

Salary: £41,526 to £54,131 (Grade 8 of the University of Oxford Pay Scale) plus benefits

Application deadline: noon, Monday 3 February 2020

Interviews are to be held week commencing 17 February 2020


Magdalen is one of the largest colleges in Oxford with a very strong and exciting academic profile. The appointee will take responsibility for a library which has recently undergone a major £10 million renovation and extension and is at the heart of the College’s academic life.  It is the responsibility of the College Librarian to ensure the development, efficient organisation, smooth running and security of the libraries and archives. The appointee will be responsible for the College’s modern lending library, its rare book and manuscript collections and its rich archives and will lead a committed team of staff.   They will want to run a responsive and friendly library which meets the needs of the College’s students, helps to project the College’s lively intellectual atmosphere, and engages with alumni and researchers at national and international levels. 

Applicants should have a good undergraduate honours degree; professional library qualifications; extensive library experience, preferably in an academic library, and including experience of working with collections of manuscripts and early printed books; very good experience and knowledge of library systems, especially IT systems, cataloguing software, acquisitions, circulation, cataloguing, and serials; a good understanding of electronic information resources and digital media more generally; ability to lead and manage a small team and to manage budgets; a readiness to contribute to, and enjoy, the wider intellectual and social life of Magdalen; initiative, energy, and enthusiasm.


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Magdalen College is an equal opportunities employer.