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Academic Liaison Librarian - 1 Year FTC - 0.5 FTE

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    £27,116 pro rata

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    Mark Leigh

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    1 Year FTC

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Academic Liaison Librarian


1 Year Maternity Cover Contract

Part Time Hours - 18.5 / 22 / 29.6

Hybrid Role - Flexible


ASAP Start


About the company

Sue Hill Recruitment have been instructed by our HE client, who is seeking an Academic Liaison Librarian to be based in Birmingham to cover a 1-year Maternity Contract, working 37 hours per week. Reporting to the Academic and Digital Skills Manager, the post holder will provide specialist library support for the learning and teaching activities of a specified curriculum area. This post would also have significant reporting lines to the Dean of the Birmingham campus for all day-to-day operational responsibilities.

The post holder will be required to work on the weekends to provide cover for the students on the Birmingham campus.


What you’ll be doing

As part of the Academic Liaison Librarian Team within the Library and Learning Resources, you will focus on the development of specialist, curriculum focused Digital and Information Literacy skills, resource support and support for design, planning, validation, delivery and review of courses and programmes. You will contribute to the provision of a blended and holistic curriculum of digital and information literacy, via the InfoSkills programme. You will take into account the differing needs of students as they progress in their academic careers, and aim to develop the academic success, lifelong transferable skills and employability of our student body.

You will require excellent interpersonal and team working skills, and the ability to liaise with academic colleagues and work collaboratively across the institution. Evidence of a commitment to and knowledge of contemporary Digital and Information Literacy developments are essential, as is the ability to work strategically to deliver services aligned with objectives and values.



  • Design, deliver and facilitate training for students and staff in digital and information skills relevant to a specific curriculum area, taking into account good current practice in pedagogical theory and the differing needs of students and researchers as they progress in their academic careers

  • Liaise with academic staff in a given area, to ensure appropriate learning resources and effective digital and information literacy skills are delivered, with reference to the LLR’s strategic vision and action plan and support the Senior Academic Liaison Librarian and Head of Academic Services in the development of the InfoSkills programme

  • Act as a point of expertise within the Institution for the development of digital and information skills, contributing to the delivery of library enquiry services, including physical and virtual enquiry services, and responding to specialist subject-based enquiries

  • Work as part of the Academic Liaison team to develop innovative methods for reaching students across a wide geographical area using digital platforms and other forms of technology

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the needs of students and staff within your curriculum area in order to advise on collections and learning resources, to support the Head of Academic Services and Head of Collections in ensuring a joined up and holistic approach to resource provision and collection development

  • Work with the Senior Academic Liaison Librarian and Head of Academic Services to ensure the delivery of the LLR’s Marketing Strategy in order to maximise the Library’s impact within the Institution

  • Support and participate in the implementation of methods of innovative engagement with key customer segments, collation of feedback in order to improve and develop new and existing services, and methods of demonstrating the impact of all our activities

  • Work closely with teams across the LLR to ensure liaison represents the full range of services, collections and resources and demonstrate a commitment to a joined up and holistic approach to communication and engagement with all library staff in an inclusive and collaborative manner

  • Be an advocate for the Library, actively engaging with and promoting service developments in line with relevant LLR policies and priorities as identified by the Head of Academic Services, Senior Academic Liaison Librarian and LLR’s Management team

  • Provide support for the design and provision of high quality, current, diverse and representative reading lists, taking into account good current practice in pedagogical theory

  • Project a positive professional image to all colleagues and customers internally and externally

  • Manage own time and workloads efficiently and consistently meet deadlines, demonstrating an ability to respond effectively to the unexpected

  • Treat all employees, colleagues, customers and visitors fairly and equitably. Acknowledge the opinions and contributions of others, recognising the benefits of difference and diversity.

  • Represent the Library and Learning Resources on relevant committees internally and externally, for example Academic Discipline and Institute Boards, as required.

  • Demonstrate the ability to understand the views of others in order to influence and negotiate effectively to achieve agreed outcomes, manage expectations and take a positive, but pragmatic approach when representing the LLR

  • In collaboration with the Special Collection Librarian, support special collections and archives material within the LLR digital and information literacy programmes.

  • Undertake promotion and publicity of library services as appropriate, using a range of traditional and web-based methods

  • Participate in routine staff rotas, as required


Why you will be hired

To be considered for this role you will require:

  • First degree or equivalent

  • Professional qualification in Library and / or Information Studies OR significant previous experience in providing liaison / subject librarianship in an FE or HE environment

  • Teaching qualification advantageous but not essential

  • Evidence of a commitment to and knowledge of contemporary Digital and Information Literacy developments

  • Recent experience of delivering Information and Digital Literacy skills training, and producing associated materials

  • Recent experience of developing digital capabilities in a library and information context

  • Experience of working with a range of different learners e.g. mature students, school leavers

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels

  • Able to work as part of a team and in partnership with others

  • A commitment to meeting user needs and a proactive, positive approach to student centred service development providing enquiry support

  • Experience of collection development work across print and digital collections services using different channels


For more details please contact Mark Leigh on