Invitation to tender: short-term research consultancy for CBRL's library collection

The Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) invites tenders for consultation services regarding the assessment, evaluation and improvement of its library collection, model, and usage to improve visibility and sustainability.

CBRL is a British Academy-sponsored charity that promotes, sponsors, and carries out research in the humanities and social sciences throughout the Levant, with offices in London and research centres in Jerusalem (the Kenyon Institute) and Amman, Jordan (the British Institute in Amman).

The CBRL Library is a historical specialist collection that incorporates the collections of CBRL’s predecessors, the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem (BSAJ), and the British Institute at Amman for Archaeology and History (BIAAH). In recent years, more contemporary social science collections have been added. The approximate size of the collection is 10,500 volumes in Jerusalem, and 7,000 in Amman, not including offprints and maps. The collection is largely in English with some in Arabic and European languages.

The full scope of the consultation services solicited are outlined in the “Consultation terms of reference” document found here.

A short list of candidates will be drawn and interviewed soon after closing of tender, and the winner will be expected to adhere to a strict timeline to deliver the required final report:

Key dates:

Opening of tender:                                                                24 August 2020

Closing of tender:                                                                  7 September, 4pm BST

Interviews of short list:                                                          14-15 September

Final selection, signing and start of consultancy:                 16-18 September

Start of consultancy:                                                             21 September

Submission of first draft of report:                                        15 November

Submission of final report                                                    1 December

Candidates and/ or suitably orientated companies / partnerships are requested to provide: 1.) a letter of interest outlining previous relevant experience to the consultancy topic; 2.) a CV / CVs; 3.) an itemised budget of costs, and 4) two references.

Interested parties with experience and/or specialisation in library sciences and administration; management and digitisation of collections and archival material, and/or; academic disciplinary specialisation in archaeology, middle east studies, and the Jerusalem library environment, are specifically encouraged to apply.

This consultancy requires the physical location of the consultant in East Jerusalem, with a visit to the Amman institute, subject to feasibility. The CBRL library catalogue ( for both the Amman and Kenyon Institutes is managed from Amman by CBRL’s British Institute in Amman librarian. CBRL staff will provide research facilitation and guidance where possible regarding access to collections, librarians in both Jerusalem and Amman, interview subjects and other informational material.


Interested candidates should send all required application materials to: by 7 September 2020, 4 pm BST, marked with subject heading “Library consultancy application - [NAME].” Please direct any inquiries to the same address, subject heading “Library consultancy – inquiry."

Monday 24 August, 2020


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