Cambridge University Library (CUL) holds one of the largest collections of fragments of medieval manuscripts in the UK, comprising approximately 1,750 items arranged into over 80 separate sub-collections. Many of the fragments originate from the rebinding or repair of medieval handwritten or early printed books at CUL and are therefore integral to gaining the fullest understanding of the material histories of many items in the historic collections of one of the country’s leading research libraries. The fragments comprise texts in Latin and a wide range of European vernacular languages, and the remnants of illuminated and decorated manuscripts, liturgical and musical books, and other texts. They range in date from the 9th to the 15th centuries. Mostly gathered during the 19th and early 20th centuries, these collections illustrate the development at its earliest stages of the modern collection, preservation and study of this category of manuscripts. However, only a small proportion of the collection has been the subject of published research and very little information is publicly available about its contents.
Cambridge University Library is looking to recruit a Fragmentarium Research Associate, who will have the opportunity to shed new light on this collection. This post is funded by a grant from Fragmentarium, the ‘Laboratory of Medieval Manuscript Fragments’ based at the University of Fribourg, which is supported by the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation. CUL has also secured supplementary funding for this post from the Aurelius Charitable Trust.
The Fragmentarium Research Associate will be responsible for producing detailed catalogue descriptions of the fragments in TEI format using the XML editor Oxygen and following in-house guidelines drawn up in collaboration with the Bodleian Library (https://msdesc.github.io/consolidated-tei-schema/msdesc.html), and preparing them for publication on the Cambridge Digital Library alongside high-resolution digital images (https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/). You will also be responsible for disseminating the results of your work via CUL’s Special Collections blog (https://specialcollections-blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/), social media channels and other outreach initiatives. You will also be supported in attending a relevant conference (for which funding is available) as well as pursuing initiatives to introduce medieval manuscript fragments into special collections-based teaching at CUL. As part of the appointment, you must submit a written report to Fragmentarium, for publication in their in-house online journal, Fragmentology (https://fragmentology.ms/).
Applicants should hold a post-graduate qualification in a relevant field, preferably a doctorate, and have a proven ability to read and catalogue manuscripts in Latin and medieval vernacular languages. Knowledge of palaeography and codicology, and manuscript and bibliographical research skills, are essential. Applicants must also have experience of cataloguing or describing medieval manuscripts.
Applicants must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and IT skills, and be able to manage their workload independently, work under pressure and meet tight deadlines. Experience in using TEI to create catalogue records would be an advantage, though training in TEI and XML will be provided. Experience of designing and delivering special collections-based teaching is desirable.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.
Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.
We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.
We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our institution.
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If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please email Dr Suzanne Paul, Keeper of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts, 01223 333149, e-mail: email@example.com.
The closing date for applications is Sunday 8 May 2022.
Interviews are planned to held on Friday 27 May 2022.
Please quote reference VE30760 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
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