Assistant Librarian (Acquisitions, Subscriptions and Metadata)

Vacancy ID: 8092
Main Location: UAL - Elephant and Castle, London UK
Hours: 35
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £29,851 - £36,377 per annum
Closing date: May 22, 2022 10:55 pm

The role

Contributing to the development, delivery and exploitation of high quality and customer-focused library services at University of the Arts London (UAL), by helping to provide a professional acquisitions, cataloguing, classification and metadata service on a University-wide basis to customer college libraries and Resources & Systems (R&S) colleagues. You'll contribute to developing effective policies for acquisitions and metadata, help ensure agreed procedures are implemented and service level agreements met. You'll support the setting of standards and measures, and assist in the provision of training for library assistants and college staff in a partial shelf-ready environment.

Why choose us?

University of the Arts London is a vibrant world centre for innovation, drawing together six Colleges with international reputations in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts.


For the fourth year running, University of the Arts London is the world’s second University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings® 2022. Our diverse and talented community comprises over 5,000 academic, professional, and technical staff. Together we are committed to social purpose. This includes creating a better a more sustainable world and championing race equality. 


We offer highly creative working environments that inspire staff across all areas to fulfil their potential and continuous training to further develop their skills and expertise. We also offer hybrid and flexible working practices, and excellent staff benefits to improve your work life balance. 

Library Services at UAL provides access to unique collections for all staff and students, and provides its staff with continuing development and training in an environment that encourages excellence, creativity and diversity.

Your Profile

With either a degree in any subject plus a postgraduate qualification or a degree in Library & Information Studies or equivalent, and relevant experience in a library or customer service environment, you’ll have knowledge and experience of the use of cataloguing standards (including AACR2, RDA, MARC 21, LC authorities, DDC) and an awareness of best practice in acquisitions and cataloguing practice in higher education, including the use of specialist text editing software. You’ll contribute to the work of the team, providing support, assistance and cover where needed and will be able to create realistic plans to achieve deadlines and objectives, effectively prioritising your work.

Please note that the following two criteria in the job description are essential:

  • Relevant experience in a library or customer service environment
  • Eithera degree in Library and Information studies or equivalent, or a degree in any subject plus a postgraduate qualification in library and information studies or equivalent, as relevant to the post

Applications that do not evidence these criteria will not be shortlisted.
 
In return, we offer a competitive employment package including a salary that reflects working in London, generous annual leave, an attractive pension scheme, and a commitment to your continuing personal and career development in an environment that encourages creativity, diversity and excellence.

If you have any queries about this role, please contact Jaspreet Kaur, Resourcing Adviser via email Educationstaffrecruitment@arts.ac.uk or 020 7514 9627.

UAL is committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments for all staff and students to work and learn – a university where we can be ourselves and reach our full potential. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.

Candidates are advised to submit applications early.

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