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Graham Hedges 1950 – 2020

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Graham Hedges, our long-serving Secretary and Pub-lications Editor died on 15th May, about a fortnight after his 70th birthday. He had been ill in hospital for a couple of weeks, contracted an infection (nothing to do with covid-19), fell into a coma and went to be with the Lord.

Graham was ‘Mr CLIS’, having taken the main burden of the administration of our fellowship from April 1980 until his death and he will be a hard act to follow. I myself have been his colleague in the work for over 40 years, from the day he came on to the then LCF Executive Committee as editor until the present day. He took over from me as Secretary and I served 20 years as committee chairman with him as the strong right arm in seeing that things got done.

He was efficient, hard-working and zealous for the work. He was an able writer and the publications would not have been half so interesting or useful without his skills. He also seemed to know absolutely everyone and could always think of a speaker or contributor who knew about any given subject.

A full obituary will follow later, but for now we ask your prayers for his family, who mourn his passing, and the committee, who have to reorganise around his not being there. He will be greatly missed by us all.

Richard Waller

Our Lecture Speaker Bob Hartman wins awards

At the Christian Resources Together, the annual book trade conference held at Swanwick there were presentation of awards to mark the best books and other resources of the past year, as voted for by members of the Christian book trade (https://www.christianresourcestogether.co.uk/awards.htm).   Bob Hartman, our guest speaker at our forthcoming annual lecture, won not one but two awards during the evening.  He won an award for the best children’s or youth title for “Bob Hartman’s Rhyming Bible” (SPCK) and also an award for his overall contribution to Christian publishing (the last award being sponsored by the Association of Christian Writers).

Vacancy: Archivist / Librarian Cambridge

The Faraday Institute wishes to appoint an appropriately qualified and self-motivated individual to catalogue its book holdings and paper archives, and to undertake a project to catalogue its extensive and internationally significant digital holdings of audio-visual lectures and presentations. The successful candidate will have relevant background experience and must be in agreement with the ethos and aims of The Faraday Institute. 

Hours: One to two days per week (0.2-0.4 full time equivalent) for 1 year in the first instance. Working hours negotiable. Salary : TBC depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits including a generous pension scheme and life assurance. 

Required Qualifications

• Education to degree level in relevant subject area 

• Experience of working in an archive, including cataloguing 

• Familiarity with archival cataloguing and metadata standards including ISAD(G), EAD 

• Understanding of archive-related legislation, including GDPR 

• Ability to work in a team, and alone, setting priorities for tasks using own initiative 

• Strong IT skills 

• Attention to detail and good organisational, record-keeping and administrative skills 

Applications quoting Position FP3/04 should include a CV, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. A job description and person specification is available on request.  Applications should be sent to the Faraday Administrator at [email protected] by Monday 23rd September 2019. Interviews are expected to be held on Tuesday 8th October 2019. 

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