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Collections and E-Resourcing Team Leader

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Collections and E-Resourcing Team Leader

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  • Sector:

    Knowledge & Information Management

  • Job ref:

    DR - 26661

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  • Contact:

    Daniel Rose

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  • Duration:


  • Startdate:

    January 2024

Collections and E-Resourcing Team Leader




35 hours a week

Jan 2024 Start

Site based position


Flexibility required if required to work weekends or late nights. Late Night finishes at 9.00pm


About the company


Sue Hill Recruitment are delighted to be working in partnership with SOAS, who are seeking to recruit a Collections and E-Resourcing Team Leader to assist with the coordination and liaison with colleagues elsewhere in SOAS and with subject and regional librarians who each take ownership for collection development for their own subject and regional portfolio.


Main focus the client is looking at:


       Candidates with an E-Resourcing background. SOAS use EBSCO Discovery so experience in this would be hugely beneficial

       Academic Liaison – To provide support and training to students

       Managing staff and solving issues


What you will be doing

       Lead, monitor and put systems in place to coordinate an acquisitions and subscription lifecycle for books, journals and E-resources.

       The role will lead on ensuring that processes are compliant, best value and in line with SOAS Strategy.

       Coordinate procurement, receipt, description, curation of published materials. This will include ensuring high quality cataloguing of library stock and implementing solutions for specific cases such as description and tracking of material at offsite storage.

       The role will assist with monitoring and coordination of the acquisitions budget and will manage subscription renewals, ensuring accurate and timely reporting.

       The role will lead on ensuring resources are provided in the correct format and purchased at the most suitable basis. This will include reviewing licences and contracts and assuring terms are suitable for SOAS in consultation with Legal & Governance and with guidance from the Deputy Librarian and Chief Librarian.

       The role will lead on technical innovation in the library. The role will oversee a ‘digital shift’ in SOAS acquisitions and subscriptions portfolio. The postholder will takes an active role in the development and operation of the SOAS Library's systems suite. This will include taking ownership of system maintenance issues to ensure that systems are running effectively and efficiently, liaising as required with vendors and in house support.

       Coordinate activities to promote and exploit resources and monitor to ensure that user engagement and usage analysis informs such activities. Activities will include coordination of a programme of training, ensuring user guides and self-service learning materials are produced and curated including new programmes of learning and new user guides to reflect the evolving research interests and taught programmes.

       Lead on implementation of relevant and effective performance standards and measures for the service

       The role will lead on collation, presentation and analysis of library usage statistics.

       To complete and own any other tasks as assigned by the line manager or Library Heads of Services.

       To be flexible in responding to changing priorities, unexpected circumstances, and differing situations.







Why you will be hired

To be considered for this role you will require:

       Sound knowledge of digital innovation and digital environments and applications in libraries, research and education

       Ability to navigate conversations about IT hardware, architecture, infrastructure and operating environments at a business sponsor level

       Sound knowledge of professionally recommended standards in library cataloguing and metadata that enable effective discovery of e-resources, archival and digital resources

       Experience of training and user education

       Advanced knowledge of how different types of licences apply to the information and resources available to library patrons and e-resource supplier contracts and acquisition models

       An understanding of information design and learning design including User Experience

                 Working knowledge of MS Office suite packages, web content management, and Google G-Suite packages

                 Experience of library software platforms such as Library Management Systems, Digital Resources

Management, Archive Records Management, Unified Discovery Layer among others

       Strong communication, interpersonal and presentation skills that extend to effective collaboration and communication using a variety of digital tools including actively and appropriately participating in online communities and networks

       Effective negotiation skills with the ability to influence others’ thinking at a senior level

       Ability to deliver on projects and actively participate in subgroups groups to deliver on tasks as assigned

       Clear and confident presentation style

       Excellent customer service provision evidenced through the stewardship of patron queries/issues from initiation through to resolution

       Ability to generate new ideas and recommendations for change/improvement and to see those through to implementation

       Demonstrable ability and interest in innovation in teaching and research

       Preparation and delivery of training sessions, supporting the development of reading lists, data curation and related activities

       Demonstrable knowledge of library acquisitions and digital resource management practice and systems

       Demonstrable ability to manage and develop a team

       Ability to work flexibly including evenings and weekends to 9.00pm on occasion