Senior Collection and Engagement Library Assistant, Birmingham City Council


'Everything to Everybody' is a National Lottery funded partnership project between the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council.

Based at the Library of Birmingham, the project will work with community partners and volunteers across the city to help modernise the historic Birmingham Shakespeare Memorial Library.

In 1868, Birmingham was the first place in the world to open a Shakespeare Library for everybody irrespective of education, wealth or background. The 'Everything to Everybody' project will take those founding principles and translate them for the contemporary 21st century city.  

Working with local artists, community groups, heritage organisations, schools, students, volunteers and cultural venues throughout Birmingham, the project will open up the Shakespeare Library to new audiences locally, nationally and internationally. It will, in particular, actively engage with communities with no prior knowledge of the Shakespeare Library.

'Everything to Everybody' will produce new online resources, books, exhibitions, community productions, family days at the library, publications, citizen research, and will work closely with schools and educators. Coinciding with the Commonwealth Games, 'Everything to Everybody' will culminate in 2022 with a festival celebrating Birmingham's role in initiating and promoting inclusive culture for all.

The Senior Collection and Engagement Library Assistant is a pivotal role within the ‘Everything to Everybody’ Project. It will include assisting with unlocking and revitalising the historic Birmingham Shakespeare Memorial Library and taking overall responsibility for Collection Development.

The Senior Collection and Engagement Library Assistant will work closely with other members of the ‘Everything to Everybody’ Project team in conjunction with people and communities across Birmingham.

They will also be responsible for supervising and motivating project volunteers. A thorough understanding of the principles of collections management, promotions & marketing, and community engagement is crucial to the role as is knowledge and/or experience of working in a public library setting.

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