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Discovery Services Librarian

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    £28,929 - £35,308

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    Mark Leigh

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Discovery Services Librarian



£28,929 - £35,308

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About the company

Sue Hill Recruitment are delighted to be working with a Higher Education client who are looking to recruit a Discovery Services Librarian. The position will be to develop and provide effective library resources, services and facilities that are fit for purpose and support the learning, teaching and research needs of the organisation. This is a professional library post with particular responsibility for discovery tools and systems and also for collecting and analysing data relating to service provision. Additionally, the post holder will also be overseeing academic support.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To be fully conversant with and have overall responsibility for the library’s resource discovery platformsand systems including their maintenance, enhancement, accessibility, troubleshooting and training. This includes, but is not limited to, all online resources and databases, the reading list management software, appointment booking software, and digitisation software.

  • To be fully conversant with and have overall responsibility for the library’s resource authentication systems, ensuring on and off-campus access to key resources at all times.

  • Full operational oversight of the library management system (LMS) and act as the main point of contact between the library team and IT Services in matters relating to its operation, maintenance and Identify, gather, interpret and analyse service data and statistics to inform decision-making and business planning, particularly in relation to resource acquisition and disposal, including preparing and submitting the annual SCONUL Statistics return and other similar statistical returns, as required.

  • Coordinate academic support and subject liaison activities within the team.

  • Respond to user enquiries, in person, via the telephone, or online.

  • As a member of the professional team, to act as a subject librarian. To liaise with allocated programme teams to identify and address resource and user education requirements, administer online reading lists, compile orders, create and maintain online reading lists, catalogue and classify incoming stock, ensure that subject guides are kept up-to-date and oversee the expenditure of associated budgets.

  • Contribute to the library’s annual planning process, and, in doing so, contribute to the implementation of all strategies such as the Learning, Teaching and Assessment.

  • Coordinate and implement projects associated with the remit of the post (outlined herein), and as identified in the library’s development plan. To this end, to enlist the help and supervise the work of para-professional team members where appropriate.

  • Represent the library and/or the organisation on internal groups and committees, external events and on relevant professional networks and groups, such as the library management system’s UK user group.

  • Comply with the Financial Regulations, Equal Opportunities Policy, Race Equality Policy, Health and Safety Welfare Policy and other relevant policies, legislation and best practice.

  • Undertake any appropriate training which may be required to enhance performance in relation to the duties of the post, attend staff development sessions and participate in an annual appraisal process.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Competencies and Skills:

  • Ideally a first degree or postgraduate qualification in the field of information & library management or similar working experience in an academic environment.

  • Experience of working in an academic library.

  • Experience of working in a systems support role.

  • Significant experience of using a broad range of computer packages and online resources.

  • Working knowledge of WorldCat and/or other OCLC systems beneficial.

  • Knowledge of resource authentication systems such as Athens, Shibboleth or EZProxy beneficial.

  • Experience of statistical / data analysis.

  • Excellent ICT skills with the ability to troubleshoot problems and communicate effectively with IT professionals to resolve issues.

  • Strong analytical skills and an eye for detail.

  • Good communication skills: approachable and supportive, able to build and sustain good working relationships.

  • Strong information retrieval skills.

  • Ability to manage a busy and diverse workload, prioritising and responding to urgent situations effectively.

  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Proactive, self-motivated and flexible