Egyptology and Ancient Near East Studies Librarian (Griffith Librarian)

University of Oxford - Bodleian Libraries

The Sackler Library is one of the principal research libraries of the University of Oxford and holds national and internationally important library collections. These focus on Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, and History of Art and Architecture. 

We are looking for an Egyptology and Ancient Near East Studies Librarian (Griffith Librarian).

This post offers a rare chance for you to develop one of the most important Egyptology and Ancient Near East Studies teaching and research collections together with services supporting world-class research in the subjects at the University of Oxford, in particular the Griffith Institute ( You will work as part of a small team of subject librarians delivering high-quality reader services at the Sackler Library and as part of a wider group of Humanities librarians. You will contribute to ongoing strategic development of services and collections supporting students and researchers in areas of change such as Open Access and research data management.

This post will involve some manual handling of books and book transit boxes, walking between sites and being on-call for onsite emergencies.

You will have a degree in a relevant academic discipline and preferably in library/information science. You will also be able to demonstrate excellent knowledge of print and electronic sources for the academic study of Egyptology and Ancient Near East Studies. You will have outstanding communication skills and ability to work effectively and cooperatively in a small team. You will also have worked as a subject librarian in an academic library demonstrating understanding of modern scholarly communication.

This is a permanent, part-time post working 18.75 hours per week (0.5 FTE). The working pattern is to be agreed. Some evening and weekend working may be required.

Owing to the nature of this post, candidates will be required to undertake a Disclosure Scotland check as well as a financial background check. The possession of a criminal record or poor financial background will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

You will be required to upload a supporting statement as part of your online application. Your supporting statement should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description, and explain how you meet each one. CVs will not be considered as a part of the selection process or as a substitute for a supporting statement.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on Wednesday 18 October 2017 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place during week commencing 30 October 2017.

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