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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Head librarian at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, GERMANY

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) seeks a Head 
Librarian (to begin no later than January/February 2015) to:

       Support the research of scholars in a wide range of specialties
       Oversee the acquisition of works in both paper and digital form
       Coordinate an extensive inter-library loan program
       Supervise a staff of 6 fulltime librarians
       Develop strategies for integrating new techniques and sources for interdisciplinary research in the humanities
       Represent the Institute at national and international forums on the future of research in the humanities

The MPIWG is the world?s largest research institute in the history of 
science, with projects spanning many disciplines, cultures, languages, and 
epochs, see . Its library contains 70.000 printed 
volumes, including a small collection of rara and many digital sources. 
With the support of its library, the MPIWG has made pioneering 
contributions to the digital humanities.

Qualifications for the position include:

       A university degree in a relevant field (not necessarily library science)
       Experience as a research librarian
       Familiarity with digital research collections and methods
       Mastery of several languages
       Ability to lead and commitment to aiding researchers

The position is ranked up to the BAT Ia / TVD E15 level in the German 
system, which roughly corresponds to that of associate professor. Salary 
is set by both the position?s rank and individual factors, including 
social security benefits. Candidates are requested to submit as a single 
PDF-document a cover letter, curriculum vitae including list of 
publications, copies of certificates and names of three 3 referees who may 
be contacted and asked to submit letters if the candidate is among the 
finalists for the position no later than September 15, 2014 (11:59 p.m.) 

Please note that only electronic submissions via this link will be 
accepted. Finalists for the position will be informed by mid October, 2014 
and asked to come for an interview (travel expenses covered by the 
Institute). Applicants of all nationalities are welcomed to apply; 
applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max Planck Society is 
committed to employing more handicapped individuals and encourages them to 
apply. For administrative questions please contact Ms. Claudia Paass, Head 
of Administration (

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstrae 22, 14195