The University Library
The Library is a key part of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and St Patrick’s College Maynooth. The Library was founded in 1795 and is now housed in the John Paul II Library and the Russell Library. Work on a major extension to the John Paul II Library was completed in 2013. The library has an established track record of innovation and success. Extensive collections held in the library include large, and growing. archival collections.

Special Collections and Archives
Led by an Assistant Librarian with responsibility for Special Collections and Archives, this unit is a key component of the Collection Management Services Department. Located both in the historic Russell Library and the newly extended John Paul II Library key collections include: the Ken Saro Wiwa collection, a range of estate papers and the papers of a range of prominent writers and others.

For further information and the University, the role and our collections please consult the following web pages:

The Role
The successful candidate will be based in The Library at NUI Maynooth. For the first 12 months of the appointment the post holder will have a particular focus on a single collection. After this the archivist will play his/her role in processing, preserving and making available the Library’s archival and related collections.

Principal Duties
The Archivist will report to the University Librarian or his nominee. The principal duties will include:
Preservation Projects;
Processing Archival Collections;
Supervising the work of other staff as appropriate;
Promoting Archival Collections;
Outreach Activities;
Reading room invigilation;
Dealing with queries (phone, e-mail, face-to-face etc.);
Producing progress reports;
Administrative duties;
Any other duties as assigned by the Librarian or his nominee.

Mandatory Requirements
Applicants must have a recognised postgraduate qualification in archival studies;
Relevant work experience at a professional level, involving the preservation and
listing of archival collections, is essential;
Excellent computer, organisational and communication skills (written and verbal);
Attention to detail and an ability to meet targets is also essential;
The ability to work effectively both as part of a team and on your own initiative.

Desirable Requirements
Experience of working in a large academic library context;
Experience of working with a diversity of collection types;
Exhibitions experience;
Familiarity with archival software ;
Experience of participation in digitisation projects.

Selection and Appointment
Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend for interview;
Appointments will be approved by the President based on the report of the selection
It is anticipated that interviews will be held in late February 2014;
The appointment is expected to be effective from March 2014.

Assistant Librarian Grade I (2010*): €48,012 – €56,380 p.a. (6 points)
Appointment will be made in accordance with the Department of Finance guidelines.
The rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with government policy.
*New entrants to the public sector will be appointed on the first point of the payscale.


Application Procedure
Please ensure that you USE THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE ‘Archivist’ in the subject line
of your application email. This will clarify which post you are applying for.
Applications should be made by sending the following information to
A Curriculum Vitae, including all qualifications and experience, and a covering letter
addressing your interest and suitability for the post;
The names, email addresses, correspondence addresses, fax and telephone numbers of
three referees whom the University may contact.
The completed application documents should be forwarded by email to arrive no later than
midnight, Sunday, 9th February 2014.

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