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The chairman of the Library Syndicate, Professor Graham Virgo is pleased to announce that Professor Christopher Young, currently Deputy Head of the School of Arts and Humanities, has been appointed Acting University Librarian as of 1 October 2016. 

A fellow of Pembroke College and Professor of Modern and Medieval Languages, Professor Young's has primary teaching and research interests in medieval German literature and language and the history of European (and in particular German) sport.  He has been a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (Cologne) and a Permanent Visiting Fellow of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduiertenschule für literaturwissenschaftliche Studien der FU Berlin (2010-12). He is co-founder and editor of de Gruyter's new series Companions to Modern German Culture, of the University of California Press’s series Sport in World History, and is a member of the editorial team of the Zeitschrift für deutsches Altertum.

On accepting this appointment Professor Young said "I am very much looking forward to becoming the Acting University Librarian and to working closely with the Library's senior leadership team and staff in the University Library and Affiliated libraries.  Cambridge libraries have always been central to my academic career and I am delighted now to play a leading role in promoting this service to students, academics and visitors over the next few months".