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Job: Lead Curator Americas (British Library)

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Job: Lead Curator Americas (British Library)

May 15, 2016

Applications are now being received for the position of Lead Curator, Americas at the British Library. This is an exciting opportunity to work with one of the world’s major collections of library materials from the Americas.

This role is based within the Library’s European and Americas Collections department, and will lead the curatorial team responsible for the management and development of the printed and digital collections from North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Australasia and for the interpretation of these collections for a wide range of users.  Working closely with the Eccles Centre for American Studies, you will facilitate research for the academic community and develop collaborative research projects, participate in the Library’s cultural programme by curating exhibitions and contributing to the events programme and develop content for our website for a range of audiences, all based closely on material in the collections.  You will manage the Americas Collections curatorial team and related budgets, ensuring an appropriate division of responsibilities and will take responsibility yourself for an area of the collections according to the needs of the department and your own expertise. You will also participate in the Library’s international engagement activities, liaising with Embassies and cultural institutions on matters relating to the collections. The department has a particular focus on printed and digital materials from the mid-19th to 21st centuries, but you will also work across earlier historical periods and formats in collaboration with colleagues in other departments.

You will need to have an interest in and understanding of the history and cultures of the Americas (including North America, Latin America and the Caribbean) their literary heritage and their contemporary life supported by a record of academic publication or other exploitation. You will have a thorough understanding of the needs of researchers working with printed and digital resources relating to these areas, experience of working in a research library or a similar institution and an ability to interpret specialist subjects to a general audience.

Closing Date: 15 May 2016

Interview Date: 31 May 2016

Please apply via the British Library website, using the following link:



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