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The IHR’s Library & Digital resources are at the heart of its national mission to support the work of historians.  Through its unique physical and digital collections, the IHR aims to begin its second century by continuing to push the boundaries of what historical research might look like in the future, placing the physical and the digital in productive dialogue, and inspiring projects and initiatives that change minds and shape fields. 

The Institute of Historical Research is therefore seeking a dynamic library professional who will be crucial to the development of the IHR’s strategy.  The post-holder should have experience managing library and digital resources, have experience in strategic and organisational development and have the ability to enrich the IHR’s position at the centre of the worldwide History community.

The postholder will look closely at current IHR library use, at engagement with IHR resources, at collection management and development policy and at the use of space. They will ensure that Library & Digital supports the IHR’s new programmes and initiatives.   They will also see that IHR meets the needs of historians in a post-covid landscape and develop a strategy that will provide long-term support for innovative historical scholarship.

At its core, the IHR is dedicated to supporting and training the next generation of historians, and to producing and facilitating ambitious, innovative historical research.  The Head of IHR Library will be responsible for leading the library and digital team in delivering this key strategic objective.

Further information

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your CV and Cover Letter before the closing date at midnight on 16th October 2022. 

The University currently operates a Hybrid Working framework involving a mix of working from remotely and in the office. Typically, the majority of employees will be able to agree to work remotely for up to 60% of their working week, role dependent, however will be required to attend on specific days for training or team meetings. 

The University of London is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive working environment where we can all be ourselves and succeed. We particularly encourage applications from members of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities as these groups are currently under-represented at all levels within the University. All appointments will be made on merit, based on the criteria identified in the job description. 

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