Manager, National Fairground and Circus Archive and Digital Humanisties

University of Sheffield - The University Library

Contract Type: Fixed-term until 3 December 2017

Faculty: Professional Services


The University of Sheffield Library is one of the UK’s leading academic libraries. As well as supporting the research, learning and teaching activities of the University of Sheffield, it provides library services for the NHS in South Yorkshire through its Health Sciences Library. The University Library operates from 4 staffed sites: the Western Bank Library; the Information Commons; the Diamond, and the Health Sciences Library.

The University of Sheffield Library is a world class, dynamic research library inspiring intellectual discovery and learning. The Library offers engaging experiences with people and content that enrich the University’s learning and research communities in both physical and digital spaces. The University of Sheffield Library also has a long-held tradition of engaging with local and regional communities. The National Fairground Archive is at the heart of this engagement through exhibitions, consultancies and events.

Reporting to the Director of Library Services & University Librarian, the Manager of the NFCA and Digital Humanities will lead the strategic development and management of the National Fairground and Circus Archive demonstrating creativity and innovation. The NFA has a well-deserved reputation for excellence and creativity providing access to a wealth of popular cultural history of national significance. The Archive has a strong national and international profile and the Manager will maintain and grow beneficial relationships with external partners, including the BFI and BBC. You will be experienced at identifying opportunities for income generation and securing sources of external funding.

You will consult and collaborate with researchers and students on digital humanities research and projects, serving as a resource where digital techniques and collections bring opportunities to advance scholarly work. You will also lead on the selection and implementation of an archive collections management system. The Manager will work closely with Special Collections and the Library’s Research Services and Digital Strategies teams.

You should be educated to postgraduate level (or have equivalent experience) in a relevant discipline, including archive management, museums and heritage, arts and humanities, library and information science and have contemporary experience in research and archival environments, with knowledge of digital technologies.

To apply, please complete the following online sections:  Personal Data, Further Information (including answer to the question “What advantages do collections management systems bring to research libraries? and an Application Statement highlighting why you feel you are suited to the post. It is not necessary to complete the following sections: Education and Training and Employment and Work Experience.

You should also provide a CV of no more than 2 sides which should be uploaded as an attachment.

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