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'Global search' for next Cambridge librarian

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A 'global search' has been launched by the University of Cambridge to find its next university librarian and director of library services.

The announcement comes following the appointment of the current post-holder, Anne Jarvis, to the post of university librarian at Princeton University, USA

With around eight million volumes, 120,000 e-journal titles and numerous materials in other formats, the library is a major scholarly resource for the local academic community and for researchers nationally and internationally. It is one of six legal deposit libraries in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and has held this copyright/legal status since 1710.

The job description for the role describes it as 'recognised internationally as one of the most senior in the library profession' and 'an excellent opportunity for an experienced individual with drive and imagination who wishes to lead 21st century library services within a world-renowned institution'.

The university librarian will also be expected to play a central role in exploring a vision for a partnership with the Cambridge University Press, the world's oldest and second largest university press, with a catalogue of 50,000 books and 350 journals.