Editor sought for SHARP’s newsletter, SHARP News

Founded in 1991, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) is the leading international organisation for the study of the history of the book, broadly defined. It has around 1000 members from a wide range of disciplinary and institutional backgrounds, including academics and independent scholars, librarians and archivists, publishers and booksellers, and holds regular conferences across the world. In addition, it runs a vibrant email discussion list (SHARP-L), the journal Book History, and Lingua Franca, the journal of book history in translation.

The Executive Council of SHARP is seeking a new editor-in-chief to bring a fresh vision to SHARP News, our open access, online newsletter. This person will work with the EC and the Board of Directors as well as the reviews and exhibitions editors and bibliographers from the beginning of 2020. SHARP will make some support funding available to the incoming editor for the relaunch period.

Applicants should have expertise in the interdisciplinary field of the history of the book, broadly defined, and share SHARP’s commitment to expanding its diversity and international character. The Society is keen to solicit applications from both senior and junior scholars. Experience of editing and online content management is essential. Fluency in English is a requirement; fluency in other languages would be an advantage. The applicant should become a SHARP member in good standing.

Application procedure

Applications will be assessed by an Appointments committee, chaired by Corinna Norrick-Rühl (JGU Mainz, Germany), SHARP’s Director of Publications, and which includes two members of the Society’s Board of Directors (Ruth Panofsky, Ryerson University, Canada; Susan Pickford, Sorbonne-Université, France), the Membership Secretary of SHARP (Lisa Maruca, Wayne State University, USA), and Rachel Noorda (Portland State University, USA).

Applications should consist of an application letter naming two references and a curriculum vitae, to be sent by email to Corinna Norrick-Rühl (publications@sharpweb.org or norrick@uni-mainz.de) to arrive no later than 5pm (Central European Time) on November 15, 2019.

Informal queries should be directed to Corinna Norrick-Rühl. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision early in the new year.