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Mx Owen McKnight

Roles and subjects

Jesus College Librarian



Owen manages the collections, buildings, and services which make up the libraries of Jesus College, supporting the academic life of the College at all levels. As well as the Meyricke Library for students, the specialist Celtic Library, and the historic Fellows’ Library, these include the John Wellingham Organ Studies Library in the Chapel, and the medieval and early modern manuscripts on deposit in the Weston Library. They also work closely with the College Archivist.

Owen is happy to advise College members and external researchers on library resources in College and in the wider University.

Academic Background

MMath, MA

Owen read mathematics at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and librarianship at Loughborough University. They combined these interests with a dissertation on random sampling as a tool for assessing the quality of library catalogues.

Owen joined Jesus College in 2010 after working as a rare books cataloguer in Cambridge and London. They have mentored new professionals through the Committee of College Librarians and the Historic Libraries Forum. They are learning Welsh and welcome opportunities to practise.

Selected Publications

‘Shakespeare’s Second Folio at Jesus College’ (with Peter Sabor), Jesus College Record 2022, pages 112–119

‘The libraries and manuscripts’ (with Thomas Charles-Edwards), in Felicity Heal (editor), Jesus College Oxford of Queene Elizabethes foundation: the first 450 years (Profile, 2021), pages 122–129

‘Griffith Davies: alumnus and benefactor’ (with David Cram), Jesus College Record 2018, pages 90–93

‘Reading for servants’, Worcester College Record 2013, pages 96–100

‘A catalogue quality audit tool’ (with Ann Chapman), Library Management volume 23, number 6/7 (2002), pages 314–324