Vacant Position: Head of Chinese Section – University Library

University of Cambridge, UK
Deadline: 28th Nov 2021

Cambridge University Libraries, one of the world’s greatest research libraries, seeks a Head of its Chinese Section to manage, oversee and develop all its collections in the Chinese language. The Chinese Section is one of four within the current African and Asian Collections group, within a new Department of World Collections.

The role-holder will be responsible for development of modern Chinese language collections to support teaching and research in the languages, literatures and cultures of China, both across the University, and in the wider world of scholarship. This includes the management and conservation of the existing collections, setting content strategy, and selecting, purchasing and cataloguing new acquisitions including ebooks, and where appropriate older printed material and manuscripts.

A professional librarian or information scientist, you will have appropriate experience of working in a research library with a Chinese collection of international significance, involving the acquisition, and management of both traditional and ebook collections; fluency in both English and in written and spoken Chinese, including familiarity with classical Chinese; excellent digital and organisational skills; and a strong commitment to outstanding service delivery to Library users.

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 BAME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our institution.

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you would like more information about this role, informal enquiries can be directed by email to Mark Purcell (Deputy Director, Research Collections) at

The deadline for applications is 28 November 2021. Interview date to be confirmed.

Please quote reference VE28771 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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