Assistant Librarian, Special Collections

Applications are now closed for this position. The advertisement below is retained for information.

Location: Marsh’s Library, St Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8

Contract: 12 months (possibility of extension to permanent contract)

Starting Salary: €35,500 per annum

Working Hours: Monday to Friday, normally 37.5 per week

The Institution

Marsh’s Library is a beautifully-preserved library of the early Enlightenment located in central Dublin. Established in 1707, it houses approximately 25,000 books, mainly from the fifteenth-, sixteenth- and seventeenth centuries. It has a small but significant collection of early modern manuscripts.

Phyllis Berger Photo of Second Gallery
Photo by Phyllis Berger, MD, USA

The Position

Marsh’s Library wishes to appoint an Assistant Librarian to work with its rare books and manuscripts. The Assistant Librarian will:

  • Supervise readers in the Reading Room
  • Answer on-line and phone queries
  • Update and maintain the on-line catalogue of the Library collections
  • Help to organise the scheme which brings Visiting Research Fellows to Marsh’s Library
  • Assist with the Library’s programme of social media outreach
  • Work with other colleagues to assist in the provision of Library services, as and when required

The Candidate

Marsh’s Library has a small but dynamic and friendly team. The successful candidate must have:

  • An ability to work well with colleagues in a small team
  • An honours primary degree and a post-graduate degree in library or information studies
  • A demonstrable interest in cataloguing and records management
  • A familiarity with spreadsheets and databases, as well as some ability with creating and editing web-pages.
  • An ability to use her/his initiative, to work independently with a minimum of supervision
  • A reading knowledge of one modern European language represented in the Library collections (primarily French, Italian, or Spanish)

In addition to these essential competencies, the following interests and characteristics would be beneficial:

  • An interest in, or familiarity with, the history, literature or culture of the early modern period
  • A willingness to undertake CPD specialist training courses, for example, in digital technology or classical languages such as Latin or Greek.

How to Apply

Suitably-qualified candidates should send a covering letter and CV (to include names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of two referees) to Dr Sue Hemmens, the Deputy Director of Marsh’s Library by 5.00 pm (Irish time) on Thursday 9 January 2020. Applications should be sent by email to <sue.hemmens@marshlibrary.ie>

Timelines

Covering letter and CV (to include names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of two referees) to be received by Dr Sue Hemmens, Deputy Director of Marsh’s Library (sue.hemmens@marshlibrary.ie) by 5.00 pm (Irish time) on Thursday 9 January 2020.

Interview of short-listed candidates to take place in Marsh’s Library on Thursday 30 January 2020.

The successful candidate to start work as soon as possible thereafter, subject to receipt of suitable references and completion of Garda vetting.

Links

For more information about the library, see https://www.marshlibrary.ie/ or contact the Deputy Director, Dr Sue Hemmens on sue.hemmens@marshlibrary.ie

Equality

Marsh’s Library is an equal opportunities employer and will not discriminate against any suitably-qualified applicant on any grounds whatsoever.

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