Post Title:  Research Assistant, The National Collection of Children’s Books Project (Trinity College Dublin and the Church of Ireland College of Education)
Post Status:  22-month Specific Purpose Contract, Full-time

Department/Faculty: School of English, Trinity College Dublin
Location: School of English (and libraries and institutions listed below)
Reports: Dr Pádraic Whyte (TCD) and Dr Keith O’Sullivan (CICE) – Principal Investigators
Salary: €25,712 per annum
Closing Date: 12 Noon on Thursday, 9th January 2014

Post Summary

This collaborative project between the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, and the Church
of Ireland College of Education will detail the content of named collections (while also referring
to print and archival materials) in Trinity College, the National Library of Ireland, The Church of
Ireland College of Education, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra (DCU), Pearse Street Library
and others.

Applications are invited for a research assistant as part of a two-year interdisciplinary and
inter-institutional project, funded by the Irish Research Council, which will examine
children’s book collections, in the English language, in the city of Dublin. The project,
which will establish Dublin as the world-centre for children’s literature research, also
represents the beginning of The National Collection of Children’s Books. The project is
also supported by the Trinity Long Room Hub. The successful candidate will be expected
to take up the post on 1 February 2014.

Overview of the Project

The project will provide scholars and students of children’s literature, childhood studies, and
education with an online resource detailing bibliographical, copy-specific information about key
texts in the city’s collections — at present, no central resource exists for research in children’s
books in Ireland. This project will gather and consolidate information from a range of catalogues
and listings, allow researchers to search all collections simultaneously, provide overviews of the
research potential of each collection, and present detailed accounts of and digital images from
significant children’s texts.

The Collection will provide a solid foundation from which scholars, both Irish and international,
may conduct advanced research in children’s literature, primarily in relation to literary studies
and education studies.

Candidates should submit a cover letter together with a concise curriculum vitae and the names
and contact details of two referees (email addresses if possible) to before 12 noon
(GMT) on Thursday, January 9th 2014.

Trinity College Dublin

School of English
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