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    £27,929 - £31,411

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    Mark Leigh

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Academic Liaison Librarian 

£27,929 - £31,411

Hybrid working: 60% site - 40% remote - includes 1 day every weekend


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. 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 University curriculum area. The post holder can be based at Birmingham campus according to the business needs of the campus Birmingham, with a requirement to support both campuses via a blend of remote and on-site working, including home working where appropriate. This post is predominately a campus-based face to face role and will include delivery to students at least on one day at the weekend.


As part of the Academic Liaison Librarian Team within the Library and Learning Resources, you will

focus on the development of specialist, curriculum focused academic and information skills. This will

include 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

and other academic skills, via the Academic and Info Skills programme You will consider 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 also act as lead within the Academic Services Team for a functional area of responsibility,

currently including one or more of the following specified areas:


• Collaborative Partner Support

• Diversity/Inclusivity Support

• Referencing Support (including Referencing Software Tools)

• Copyright Support


You will require excellent interpersonal and team working skills, and the ability to liaise with academic colleagues and work collaboratively across the institution. 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 the University’s objectives and values.



·        Plan, deliver and evaluate teaching activities for students and staff in academic and

information skills, taking into account good current practice in pedagogical theory and the

differing needs of students and researchers as they progress in their academic careers.


·        Work strategically with academic staff in a given area on curriculum planning and delivery

with reference to the LLR Strategy and current action plans and advocate for and create

opportunities for the appropriate embedding of the academic and information skills


·        Make creative use of digital platforms and teaching strategies to provide an engaging digital

learning environment and develop innovative methods for reaching students.


·        Work closely with the Digital Skills team to ensure a joined up and holistic approach to skills

delivery across Library teams.


·        Act as a point of expertise within the Institution for the development of academic and

information skills, contributing to the delivery of library enquiry services, including physical

and virtual enquiry services, and responding to specialist subject-based enquiries.


·        Gain a thorough understanding of the needs of students and staff within a given academic

area(s) 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


·        Provide support for the design and provision of high quality, current, diverse and

representative online reading and resource lists, taking into account good current practice in

pedagogical theory


·        Manage own time and workloads efficiently and consistently meet deadlines, demonstrating

an ability to respond effectively to the unexpected. Demonstrate clear thinking and utilise

available information to make decisions in own work area, taking account of the associated

risks and impact


·        Treat all employees, colleagues, customers and visitors fairly and equitably. Acknowledge

the opinions and contributions of others, recognising the benefits of difference and diversity.

Appreciate the ethical issues and implications of own actions.


·        Represent the Library and Learning Resources on relevant committees internally and

externally, project a positive, professional image and 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 and Archives team, support special collections

and archives material within the academic and information skills curriculum.


·        Effectively engage with professional services and other key stakeholders to support

partnership and collaborative working


·        To undertake continuous professional development both internally and externally to the

Library and University. To maintain awareness of developments in the wider HE and Library

environments. To develop new skills and exploit new tools in order to work imaginatively to

improve library services.


·        To actively seek feedback and contribute to the effective monitoring of service quality and

March 2023 benchmarking of services

Why you will be hired
To be considered for this role you will require:

  • 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.