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Librarian - Collections and Access

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Librarian - Collections and Access

  • Location:


  • Sector:

    Knowledge & information management

  • Job ref:

    DR - 26158

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  • Contact:

    Daniel Rose

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  • Posted:


  • Duration:


  • Startdate:

    June 2021

Librarian – Collections and Access



Monday to Friday

35 hours a week


About the company


Our client is a professional membership body in the UK. Following a review and restructure of their Library services, they are now seeking to recruit a Librarian, to be part of the Library and Information Service (LIS) Team to ensure the provision of a professional, efficient, proactive and well-coordinated Library and Information Service to circa 34,000 members, staff and those with an interest in the profession.


What you’ll be doing

You will take primary responsibility for managing collections and access, including the identification, acquisition, renewal, cataloguing and classification of print and electronic resources ensuring that all resources are purchased and licensed in a timely and cost-effective manner. You will actively develop and contribute to all areas of the Library service delivery, whilst also providing assistance to the development of the Education and Research department’s business plans.


Key Tasks

·         Refocus, maintain and develop the specialist collection of literature in accordance with the Collection management and weeding policy

·         Ensure discoverability and access to trusted electronic and physical resources, resolving access and authentication management issues arising and exploiting existing and emerging technologies to enable successful resource discovery.

·         Maintain up-to-date knowledge of acquisition and resource discovery approaches and systems, liaising with other library colleagues as appropriate.

·         Take a lead in the management, development and amendment of collection and access related LIS policies and procedures to ensure acquisition and discovery are tailored, agile, innovative, use the library budget wisely and enhance users’ experiences of the LIS.

·         Support the development of and implement literature searching policy, process and related activities to identify literature and evidence to underpin business objectives and evidence-based product development needs.

·         Support the development of and implement literature searching policy, process and products to engage and support members, signposting them to relevant resources, to facilitate them to become confident, proficient information seekers and users.

·         Respond to enquiries received via telephone, e-mail, post and from visitors using the most appropriate information resources to provide pertinent, timely and accurate information.

·         Ensure that LIS activities conform with Data Protection and Copyright Legislation.

·         Participate in the photocopying and document supply service to staff and members within UK copyright and CLA licence terms and provisions.

·         Contribute to the reference checking service for publications.

·         Work with the Communication and Marketing Team to identify best approach to marketing and promotional activities to promote LIS services and resources to members, including the LIS website presence.

·         Work with the Professional Development Team to inform, develop and contribute to relevant CPD resources for members’, including those to support members’ literature searching capability and confidence.

·         Develop resources for, and deliver user education sessions to, members and new staff regarding library services and resources as appropriate.

·         Undertake day-to-day library administration tasks as required (e.g. thesis loan service, photocopy and document supply service, journal and e-journal related work).

·         Collate statistical information, monitoring service and resource usage, library workload and performance statistics to inform service delivery and business planning.

·         Provide library-related feedback to facilitate library presence and systems interoperability with the new Customer Relations Management system.

·         Evaluate new information sources in specific topic areas of relevance to LIS, negotiating access where appropriate.

·         Actively participate in the development and review of general LIS procedures and standards, ensuring their successful implementation to meet the strategic intentions and objectives of the organisation and LIS, and the needs of library users.

·         Contribute to the strategic plans, review and development of the LIS.

·         Represent the organisation by attending external meetings, events and liaising with other librarians and agencies as appropriate.

·         Support and participate in organisational activity to record and preserve key documents and publications as an historical archive.

·         Work closely with members of the Education and Research Department and other colleagues in creating a seamless service to members and education providers.

·         Attend Board, staff and team meetings as required.

·         Ensure that all personnel policies and procedures, standing financial instructions, quality and customer care protocols and Health and Safety at Work Regulations are complied with.

·         Bring to the attention of the Facilities Manager any actual or potential health and safety issues at the earliest opportunity, to allow remedial action to be taken.

·         Identify appropriate training and development needs and attend relevant internal and external training that enable the effectiveness of this role.

·         Maintain an up-to-date understanding of library and information developments and practice, health information provision and use an evidence-based library and information approach to ensure the provision of a quality LIS.

·         Maintain an up-to-date awareness of UK copyright legislation.


Why you will be hired

To be considered for this role you will require:



·         Educated to degree level

·         Degree or postgraduate diploma in Librarianship or Information Science

·         Member of CILIP (Beneficial)

·         Previous experience of working within a specialist library (Healthcare or Medical)

·         Proven significant experience of collection management and related budget management

·         Proven experience of working with e-resource access and authentication systems such as Ezproxy

·         Experience of evidence-based literature searching, including high level / complex searching and filtering for literature and evidence retrieval

·         Familiarity with using reference management software. Eg Refworks / Endnote

·         Experience of using LMS’s such as OCLC, Heritage, Soutron or Ex Libris

·         Knowledge of UK copyright legislation and CLA licencing activities

·         Experience of developing and presenting education and training resources for library users

·         Confidence and accuracy in working with statistical data

·         Experience of Archives and Records Management

·         Exceptional organisational and prioritisation skills

·         Strong attention to detail

·         Strong personal and communication skills





Why you should apply

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to join a well-respected Library Services team

If you are interested in learning more: Please get in touch on 020 7378 5469 or

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