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Senior Cataloguer, Acquisitions & Metadata Coordinator

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    £32,270 - £34,010

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    Mark Leigh

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Senior Cataloguer Acquisitions & Metadata Coordinator

£32,270 - £34,010

35 hrs per week

Hybrid 3 day on site / 2 days remote


ASAP start



Sue Hill Recruitment Ltd are delighted to be working in partnership with Brunel University, who are seeking to recruit a Senior Acquisitions & Metadata Coordinator. This is a key post within the Library Services department with a functional role of providing metadata services. The post will also undertake supervision of daily operational workflow of stock selection, acquisition processes, cataloguing and classification.


This position supports the mission of the University by providing access to resources via the library’s online catalogue through the creation of original and adaptive metadata records for all library materials. Work includes the cataloguing of new materials as well as retrospective projects and ongoing database management.


The post holder will assist with the provision of user focused services, enabling access by students and staff, and allowing them to utilise the full range of facilities and resources available through the library.


Reporting to the Assistant Acquisitions Manager, the post holder will provide expertise in coordinating discoverable access to the collections whilst also being a key player in the area of collection development and management, providing leadership in developing creative, collaborative and sustainable solutions for metadata creation for print and electronic resources, ensuring that appropriate standards and framework are applied to all aspects of the cataloguing process.


In this regard, they are looking for someone who has a demonstrable:

  • Experience of the acquisition and development of e-book and print collections, with a particular focus on policies and licences for acquiring and providing access to electronic content

  • Understanding of the HE electronic publishing environment, content supply, licencing and national and regional consortia

  • Experience of evaluating, analysing and interpreting content usage to provide high quality metadata services to inform service strategy, collection development and budget planning

  • Experience of metadata service to facilitate the ingest, description, management, discovery of and access to the library print and electronic resources, ensuring that appropriate guidelines, cataloguing and classification standards are adopted and implemented.

You will also be required to acquire, classify and catalogue materials in all formats to agreed international standards (AACR2, MARC21, LC, RDA) and provide metadata as required.

Although this position will report to the Assistant Acquisitions Manager, you will collaborate with and provide support to staff members who interact with metadata as part of the content creation or content management process as well as advise on matters of metadata policy.






·        Degree or related qualification in Library Services and Information Management

·        Knowledge and understanding of a variety of information resources e.g., books, journals, e-resources etc.

·        Knowledge of current standards for bibliographic and authority records, such as Resource Description and Access (RDA) and MARC 21

·        In-depth knowledge of classification schemes preferably Library of Congress (LoC) and Moys Law schemes

·        Knowledge of cataloguing and metadata services, including awareness of emerging trends in resource discovery and description

·        Working knowledge of resource discovery systems and library electronic resource management systems

·        Experience of supervising staff and processes

·        Experience of using cataloguing tools, such as OCLC Connexion, OCLC Record Manager, WorldCat and MarcEdit to perform original and copy cataloguing within an integrated library system.

·        Competence for successfully shepherding a variety of projects associated with cataloguing operations in an academic library

·        Experience of working within a very busy support environment

·        Experience of liaising with suppliers regarding catalogues queries and quality of MARC record cases

·        Excellent interpersonal and customer care skills including an ability to communicate well

·        Good IT skills including familiarity with applications including email, web and ability to learn complex applications

·        Attention to detail and ability to maintain a consistent and high standard of work

·        Flexible approach and ability to work effectively in a very busy, dynamic environment

·        Excellent time-management skills coupled with the ability to coordinate projects, resources, and collaborative effort to achieve assigned goals.



Brunel University offer a generous annual leave package plus discretionary University closure days, excellent training and development opportunities as well as a great occupational pension scheme and a range of health-related support.


Full job description available on request.