Librarian - Collections and Research - 5 mth FTC

Librarian - Cataloguing


£16.48 per hour

35 hours a week

5-month contract

About the company

We are presently recruiting for an enthusiastic Qualified Librarian for our Research Charity client in London. This is a 5-month Fixed Term Contract to cover a secondment within the team. You will join and work closely with a multidisciplinary Collections Team which includes librarians, archivists and documentation officers, cataloguing a broad spectrum of formats, including, monographs, serials, zines, artists books, grey literature, and audio-visual materials.

The successful candidate will hold a qualification in librarianship (or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate experience of cataloguing in MARC, plus an excellent understanding of library metadata standards. The post-holder will be genuinely interested in improving data quality and accessibility, exploring ways to engage new and existing audiences within collections.

Key Objectives


  • To make a key contribution to the development, discoverability and accessibility of our unique and distinctive collections.
  • To develop a high level of professional skill, taking a flexible approach to catalogue a wide range of library materials, with a focus on our printed and published collections.


Main Responsibilities


  • Cataloguing and classification, assigning subject and genre headings, and ensuring data quality in accordance with organisational specifications, user needs, and relevant national and international standards and controlled vocabularies.
  • Assisting in the administration of serials – cataloguing, sorting out anomalies in the ordering process, claiming for missing issues.
  • Working adaptably across a wide range of library material, both analogue and digital.
  • Developing area(s) of specialist professional expertise (e.g. cataloguing ephemera, grey literature, serials or audio-visual materials) as required.
  • Contributing to the agile and iterative development and testing of potential new approaches to cataloguing and metadata, demonstrating a desire to experiment and find creative solutions.
  • Promoting selected material to new and existing audiences.
  • Contributing to the delivery of a high-quality public service by working on appropriate library service points on a rota basis, answering telephone and email enquiries.
  • Maintaining an up-to-date professional awareness of new developments in professional library standards and practice.
  • Undertaking occasional evening and weekend work, as required.
  • Undertaking work in accordance with organisational policies and principles.
  • Undertaking any other work that may be reasonably required from time to time.


Why you’ll be hired

To be considered for this role you will require:


You’ll be an innovative and creative thinker, who feels comfortable working in an experimental, audience and outcomes-focused culture. Your strong interpersonal and analytical skills will be accompanied by the ability to develop effective, collaborative working relationships and work as part of a team to achieve results.







  • Professional qualification in librarianship or an equivalent discipline.
  • Sound experience of cataloguing printed / published library materials, including serials.
  • Excellent knowledge of RDA, AACR2 and MARC 21.
  • Ability to work flexibly across other types of material, such as visual resources and moving image & sound.
  • Knowledge and experience of using widely-accepted descriptive standards and schema; of organising information; and of subject indexing.
  • Solid experience and good understanding of library systems, particularly cataloguing, serials and acquisition-related functions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Library Management System Sierra (or Millennium)
  • Experience of using classification thesauri (NLM, LC, Barnard)
  • Detailed knowledge of LCSH and MeSH
  • Knowledge and experience of specialist cataloguing standards for rare books, art, audio-visual resources (e.g. DCRM(B), DCRM(G), ISAD(G), SPECTRUM, etc.)
  • Experience of working with special collections


Soft Skills

  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and take responsibility
  • Ability to take an audience- and outcome-focused approach with a proven capacity to think innovatively and creatively, and a willingness to experiment with new approaches.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • High level of computer literacy, including the skills to manipulate complex data in bulk.
  • Good organisational skills


Why you should apply

This is a great opportunity for an experienced Librarian to put their skills and knowledge to use

If you are interested in learning more information about the role.