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    Birkbeck College in London is advertising for a part-time Associate Lecturer in Palaeography. Full details are at, but an extract from that page is below. The deadline for applications is 5 October, so if you are interested then you will have to move quickly.

    Birkbeck College, University of London - English and Humanities

    Location: Bloomsbury
    Salary: £55.65 per hour inclusive pro-rata London Allowance and holiday pay
    Hours: Full Time
    Contract Type:  Permanent
    Placed on:  14th September 2015
    Closes: 5th October 2015
    Job Ref: 11692

    The post is part-time Associate Lecturer A. The module is taught for 1.5 hours once a week for 8 weeks. Scheduled start: January 2016.

    Purpose and Main Duties

    This is an opportunity to join our teaching team on the MA Renaissance Studies and Doctoral programme. You will design and deliver a module entitled ‘Introduction to Manuscripts and Palaeography’, delivered to MA, MPhil and Doctoral students working in the period roughly 1520-1700. The module will focus primarily on reading English hands from 1500-1650. You should be able to teach and assess topics including but not necessarily limited to: Contractions and Secretary Hand; Numerals and Money; Transcription Policies; Bibliography and Footnotes.

    Your main responsibility will be preparation, teaching, administration and assessment of the module.


    Further Information

    Informal enquiries on the role can be made to Professor Susan Wiseman via email to  however please note that only completed formal applications through the online system will be considered.

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    The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania has just advertised a Postdoctoral Fellowship. This has no connection to the DigiPal project, but I can certainly say that in my personal opinion the team at Pennsylvania would be very good to work with, and this seems to me like an amazing opportunity that shouldn't be missed. Dot Porter (from the Institute) reports that this is one of a group of postdoctoral positions offered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) on 'Data Curation for Medieval Studies'. The web page for this position is here, and other fellowships are listed here. As usual please don't send any enquiries to me but instead please contact Dot or the Institute directly. 

    University of Pennsylvania

    Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Manuscript Studies

    The University of Pennsylvania Libraries seek an innovative and energetic CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Manuscript Studies to play an integral role in the working life of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at Penn’s Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.

    About the Position:

    The Fellow will work on the SIMS team on several overlapping initiatives that explore both the materiality of medieval manuscripts as within a digital context and the possibilities of analyzing texts that the codices contain. These initiatives include:

    • Collation Visualization, a developing set of tools that enable scholars to virtually model and visualize the physical construction of manuscripts, relating the models to digital images and content: and
    • Digital Editions, a project to create image-based editions of medieval manuscripts from our own and other collections and publish them online. (Complete:, under development:
    • Manuscript Ebooks, an ongoing project to create ebooks (in the epub format) from manuscripts in OPenn and from other open source repositories.
    • Kalendarium, a project to build a crowd-sourced digital tool for collecting and identifying all the world’s medieval liturgical calendars. Begun at Penn, participants now include Stanford University and the Morgan Library as well as universities in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Scotland.
    • Video Facsimiles, an experimental project to create high-quality videos of complete manuscripts and annotate them on textual content, visual content, and issues of materiality.
    • Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts, currently in year two of a three-year, $300,000 grant from the NEH, which collects information about both the current and historic locations of the world's pre-1600 manuscript books, creating a metacatalogue for finding and indexing the world's manuscripts.
    • Video Orientations, short (1-2 minute) videos that briefly introduce our manuscripts to a general audience, which are stored in our scholarly repository, shared on social media, and linked to manuscript records in our OPAC.

    The centerpiece of the Fellow’s work will be developing a new initiative in conjunction with SIMS staff and using Penn’s physical and digital resources. This initiative may be a single extended project, or several short-term projects. This would be a two-year position, funded by the Mellon Foundation (via CLIR) and the Penn Libraries.

    Required Qualifications:

    • PhD in an area of medieval studies, with a concentration in the history of the book
    • Working knowledge of at least two non-English languages

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience with prior digital projects and some knowledge of programming

    Fellow Responsibilities:

    • Contribute to the work of SIMS by supporting existing work as relevant to his or her interests, and develop his or her own initiative to work on during the course of the fellowship, as described above. 
    • Participate in the ongoing digitization of medieval manuscripts through cataloging new manuscripts and generating metadata for existing manuscripts.
    • Assist the library in the adoption of new technologies for access to medieval material, including the International Image Interoperability Framework
    • Participate in the curation of special collections library data, including:
      • Curation of data in OPenn (our open access collection of digitized medieval manuscript data:
      • Development of a data repository in the library for data already available through Penn;
      • Curation of originally developed video content.
      • Participate in the acquisition of manuscript-related digital resources by Penn Libraries.
      • Make regular contributions to the Penn Libraries Manuscripts Tumblr:

    At Penn the Fellow will receive mentoring and guidance from experts in the field. These include Dot Porter (Curator of Digital Research Services), Will Noel (Director – SIMS and Kislak Center), Doug Emery (Digital Content Programmer), Robert Ousterhout (Professor of History of Art, Director of the Center for Ancient Studies), as well as the wider Philadelphia history of the book community. The Fellow will be hosted by SIMS and have a joint appointment in the department of the History of Art at Penn. He or she will also participate in the programs of the Kislak Center and the department of the History of Art. These include organizing seminars on best digital practices, delivering lectures, and curating exhibitions. The Fellow will help plan, solicit contributions, and speak at the ninth annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age in 2017. This will provide the Fellow with a platform for presenting new developments in the field of medieval data curation, including those to which he or she has contributed.

    About the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies and the Kislak Center

    The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies is a teaching and research center devoted to the study of manuscripts in their material and digital forms. Housed in the Penn Libraries’ Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, SIMS emphasizes hands-on work with unique witnesses to the past through the practical study of paleography, codicology, illumination, book arts, book history and the history of science and medicine, among many other fields. These primary source materials offer the Penn community and scholars everywhere unprecedented opportunities for collaboration in multidisciplinary research and scholarship. SIMS engages with regional and international institutions to foster study and use of the collection through lectures, symposia, publications, and digitization programs, and holds a firm commitment to develop and promote digital technologies that instruct and inspire scholars and students around the world through forward-thinking open-access policies.

    The Kislak Center is the product of a $17 million renovation project and houses an extraordinary collection of rare books and manuscripts. Its mission is to bring collections, modern technology, and a wide base of patrons together to facilitate access to our common cultural heritage. The fellow will benefit from the combined skills and knowledge of the Kislak Center’s staff as well as faculty of the humanities departments, and the wider resources, of the University. Through its faculty and library resources, the University of Pennsylvania has long been at the forefront of book history and material text research, especially in the medieval and early modern period. The fellow will play a key role in developing this field through his or her research as an integral part of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies team.

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    Closing date: Friday 13th November 2015 

    The Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster is seeking to employ a fixed-term Research Associate with expertise in medieval languages and material culture. The post arises since Dr Louise Sylvester was awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for the research project "Lexis of cloth and clothing: Medieval Royal Wardrobe accounts". This research project is designed to enhance the impact of and engagement with the database of the Lexis of Cloth and Clothing in Britain c. 700-1450 which can be seen at

    The aim of the new project is to provide an attractive point of access to that database through a new website featuring summaries of a selection of medieval manuscripts of the Royal Wardrobe held in The National Archives at Kew in London. 

    More details at

    (Detail from National Archives, Wardrobe Accounts E 101/393/15)

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    The Cambridge University Library is advertising for a specialist in medieval manuscripts. This is a permanent post in the library, and involves a mixture of reader services, cataloguing, digitisation support, teaching and learning support, and exhibitions and public engagement. The short description, copied and pasted from the Cambridge vacancies website, is as follows:

    This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and proactive individual to work at the heart of one of the world's major research libraries with an outstanding collection of western medieval manuscripts.

    The successful candidate will lead the development of high quality reader-focused services to support scholarship on the manuscripts, promoting them to the research community at local, national and international level. He/she with deal with all aspects of the care and administration of medieval manuscripts and will be outward-looking in developing innovative digital services alongside traditional methods to support the University in its teaching, learning and research and to make the medieval manuscripts accessible to the widest possible audience. He/she will have the necessary skills and enthusiasm to exploit the opportunities created by the Cambridge Digital Library ( and to take a leading part in developing and implementing a new online catalogue of medieval manuscripts.

    To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

    Informal enquiries are welcomed by Dr Suzanne Paul, Keeper of Manuscripts and University Archives (tel: 01223 333149; email:

    Please quote reference VE07968 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

    The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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

    Further information

    This vacancy has no direct relation to the DigiPal project or project team, so please contact Suzanne Paul directly with any questions. I can say that in my personal opinion this looks like a great opportunity, and I know from experience that Suzanne is a pleasure to work with, so I'd certainly encourage anyone to apply.

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