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Academic Librarian

Employer: Community of the Resurrection
Location: Mirfield, West Yorkshire
Salary: Negotiable
Published Date: 1 Nov 2017
Status: Part Time (18.5 hours per week)
Ref: COR0111

Job Description

The Community of the Resurrection is an Anglican monastic brotherhood dedicated to prayer and Christian teaching. It has links in many countries, and has been settled in Mirfield since 1898. Its site is home also to a residential theological College and to two partner courses for theological education and ministerial formation. The Community runs a programme of retreats (with a sizeable retreat house) as well as day courses, residential conferences and learning events. Recent developments include the full renovation of the striking Community Church and the development of commercially-based activities to support the work of the charity: wedding receptions, conferencing and a B&B. Further improvements are planned.

The College of the Resurrection, established shortly after the move to Mirfield, prepares men and women for ordination in the Church of England, with an emphasis on liturgical and sacramental theology. Graduate and post-graduate degrees are awarded by the University of Sheffield. It currently has 26 full-time students.

This is a new position serving two unique and well-respected organisations. The Community’s Library is an eclectic collection of 80,000 volumes, with specialist areas in Liturgy and 19th century Anglican history. A number of its oldest holdings are currently preserved at the University of York. The College’s Library is smaller, a working library for theological students at undergraduate and graduate levels, and housed separately from the Community’s library. While these libraries have been managed by librarians in the past, there has been a recent rapid growth in interest in what the site has to offer and so the need has arisen for a fully-professional service to modernise the libraries and plan for the future.

The libraries are also used by ordinands of St Hild College, which was launched in 2017 from the merger of the Yorkshire Ministry Course and the St Barnabas Theological Centre. St Hild currently has over 70 students, the majority of whom study weekly at Mirfield. St Hild prepares students for Common Awards validated by Durham University.

The libraries also have external users, including some studying for MAs. A recent development for the libraries has been the beginning of residential events planned around study and prayer.

This is an exciting opportunity arising at a time of considerable change and potential. The successful candidate is likely to be closely involved in:

  • completing the full digitalisation of the two libraries
  • updating and strengthening the collections
  • improving systems for loan and return
  • planning and implementing the coming together of the two libraries with a single cataloguing system
  • the extension of on-line learning facilities
  • the proposed upgrading of the current library spaces
  • expanding the number of users of the libraries and the number of retreat and educational events based around the libraries
  • planning and supporting implementation of the eventual reconfiguration of library services on site to fulfil the vision for a renewed and sustainable site serving the Church in the 21st century

As the successful candidate, you will be someone who:

  • has a passion for contemporary theological studies, for conserving all that is good in what has been passed on, and for drawing others to discover the information they need
  • has imagination to suggest and plan for development
  • enjoys handling detail accurately
  • is fully at home with developments in IT
  • forms warm relationships both with colleagues and visitors
  • takes care to consider others’ needs when making decisions
  • and has a sympathy for life and aims for the Community and College

While much of your work will be done alone, you will liaise regularly with academic staff, the resident Community and site support staff. There is the opportunity to gather and train a dedicated group of library volunteers. Your line manager will be a lay member of staff, our Business Manager.

This is a role of great potential for planning and implementing change. It would suit an accomplished librarian and offers the opportunity to demonstrate particular skills and interests, holding good possibilities for the future.



Closing date: 29 November 2017

Interviews week beginning Monday 11 December 2017

For more information and an Applicant Pack, please contact Adele Hannah, Business Manager, on 01924 494318 or community@mirfield.org.uk.



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