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Librarian - 6 Month Contract

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Librarian - 6 Month Contract

  • Location:


  • Sector:

    Knowledge & Information Management

  • Job ref:

    DR - 26659

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £29,605 pro rata

  • Contact:

    Daniel Rose

  • Contact email:

  • Posted:


  • Duration:

    6 Month Fixed Term Contract

  • Startdate:

    January 2024




6 Month Fixed Term Contract

35 hours a week

Jan 2024 Start

Site based position



About the company


Sue Hill Recruitment are delighted to be working in partnership with SOAS, who are seeking to recruit a Librarian to provide assistance with a backlog of work due to long term sick leave.


The role actively supports teaching, learning and research through a full range of professional activities including selection and preparation of materials and maintenance of collections, development and exploitation of electronic and print resources and delivery of these resources to users.


The postholder will continue to develop their experience and understanding within the higher education sector to ensure the provision of a quality service. The role holder will be required to plan and progress/organise the work of others within a defined/discrete area or as a project leader within clearly defined procedures/objectives. Role holders will be required to work closely and flexibly with Reader Services and other colleagues.


What you will be doing

       Select and acquire appropriate materials in line with the collection development policy and within the available budget allocation.

       Undertake cataloguing and classification of material in collaboration with others as appropriate and to participate in the physical maintenance of stock including preservation, relegation and disposal.

       Deal with and respond to reference enquiries and other information services working collaboratively with Reader Services colleagues

       Demonstrate an awareness of information sources in the relevant subject fields, to develop and present information skills training

       Develop guides to services and resources, to maintain web pages as appropriate

       Provide specialist/professional advice and recommendations within specific parameters/professional guidelines to support informed decision making

       Work collaboratively with all colleagues across LLRED (Library, Learning, Research and Enterprise Directorate) to bring together the wider programme of activities. Notably, to practice a matrix reporting line across the library and special collections and more widely with other managers across LLRED to drive efficiency and reduce single points of failure across our suite of services.

       Prepare a range of papers, reports, letters, spreadsheets, databases and other statistical analyses and set up new information systems as appropriate putting forward recommendations through the provision of advice, briefings, presentations or written reports to facilitate the interpretation of specific issues/problems and support decision making.

       With support from the Health & Safety Manager, act as a Departmental Safety Representative in accordance with the Health & Safety Policy, including managing the Department's risk assessments (such as Display Screen Equipment, Overseas Travel, etc.), encouraging staff to undertake mandatory health and safety training, assisting in the recruitment of first aiders and fire wardens and acting as a first point of contact for staff on any health and safety concerns

       Ensuring that policies and procedures relating to health and safety at work are adhered to at all times.In addition, ensure professional and quality service standards are maintained and applied for the benefits of staff and students in the LLRED directorate






Why you will be hired

To be considered for this role you will require:




       A Library or other relevant postgraduate or professional qualification or equivalent experience

       Effective communication, interpersonal and clear, confident presentation skills

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

       Ability to deliver on significant project

       Effective leadership/management skills

       Ability to generate new ideas and recommendations for change/improvement

       Strong analytical and problem-solving capability

       Sound knowledge of the use of computer applications to facilitate access to and exploitation of electronic resources

       Sound knowledge of professionally recommended standards in library cataloguing

       Excellent customer Service provision

       Collection management and acquisitions experience

       Experience in designing and delivering information instruction

       Ability to work flexibly including evenings and weekends