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Wiener Library Seeks Head of Collections


The Wiener Library is Britain’s largest archive on the Holocaust and Nazi era and modern genocide. Founded in 1933 in Amsterdam the Library’s holdings span all types of resources, focusing on the Holocaust, its causes and consequences.

In the past five years the Library has undergone major transformation and expansion. Our digital collections have grown dramatically and our outreach and research activities have also expanded. The Head of Collections will provide a strategic vision in a role where digital technology, digitised archive materials, web and social media marketing and outreach and research activities are closely integrated with collections work.  

The strategic goal of The Wiener Library is to serve as Britain’s Holocaust Archive. This means that the collections of the Library must be developed in such a way as to promote the institution’s reputation as the nation’s premier specialist collection for research and learning about the Holocaust and other genocides. The Library’s Head of Collections will need to support, sustain and shape the growth of the Library’s collections accordingly, both physical and digital.

Organisational relationships

The Head of Collections reports to the Director of The Wiener Library. Together with the Director and the Heads of Digital and Research, the Head of Collections forms part of the Senior Management Team (SMT). The Head of Collections leads the Library’s team of professional Librarians and Archivists.

Main objective of the post

The Head of Collections is responsible for the management, development and preservation of all collections at the Wiener Library and making the collections accessible to readers. 

How to Apply

Please send your CV and a cover letter outlining your relevant experience to: 

Ben Barkow

The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP or

bbarkow[at] wienerlibrary [dott] co [dott] uk.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 30 June 2017. Applications must be received by 5.30pm.

For an informal talk about this position, please contact Ben Barkow, Director, on 020 7636 7247 or bbarkow[at] wienerlibrary [dott] co [dott] uk.

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