Acquisitions Librarian

  • Job Reference: AT9965R
  • Date Posted: 22 November 2022
  • Recruiter: University of Bath
  • Website: http://www.bath.ac.uk
  • Location: Bath
  • Salary: £27,929 to £34,308
  • Bonus/Benefits: Flexible working and Family Friendly
  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full-time

Job Description

We are looking for a new Acquisitions Librarian to join our Technical Services team! 

You will be responsible for the management of the busy Acquisitions team, who source, order and pay for electronic and print book content to support the teaching and research of the University community.

About the role

The Acquisitions role is a dynamic and varied one, with key responsibilities beyond managing the team and day-to-day acquisitions work. It also includes resolving access issues experienced by customers in connection to e-book usage and access, using relationship management skills when dealing with suppliers and internal stakeholders, helping with the acquisition of reading list material, and providing statistical and other management information to inform Library strategy.

This position offers an excellent opportunity to build networks of internal and external contacts and contribute to discussions, to develop expertise, share problems and find solutions.

This is a full-time (36.5 hours per week) permanent position.

About you

You will be a qualified librarian and will have a CILIP accredited degree level qualification in librarianship/information studies and have:

  • a combination of technical expertise and excellent communication skills
  • the proven ability to supervise a team
  • a strong customer care ethos
  • attention to fine detail
  • have good IT skills, and ideally be highly competent using Excel

Additionally, a good understanding of the fast-changing electronic and print books markets is vital.

An interest in how publishers and suppliers set their prices, market their resources, react to their customers, adapt and plan for the future, would make you an ideal candidate for this role. Experience of the Alma library system, including the related Marketplace Rialto and reading List component, Leganto, would also be advantageous.

The Library is a member of the National Acquisitions Group and the successful candidate would be encouraged to become involved with their events.

We understand the importance of continued professional development for all Library staff in order to achieve this, and you will benefit from the programme of local opportunities we provide, and our support for your involvement in appropriate external activities.

For more information and informal conversation please contact library-biblibs@bath.ac.uk.

The Technical Services department of the Library comprises Acquisitions, Cataloguing and Metadata, Copy and Print, Document Delivery, E-Resources (journals and databases), and Periodicals (print journals). Within Technical Services, there are a combination of user-facing and behind-the-scenes roles and key contacts are the academic facing library teams, teaching and research staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students, and suppliers and publishers.

What we can offer you:

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award.

family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce;
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.

a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for. Please visit the following webpages for more information:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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Further details:

If you think you may require a visa to work in the UK you should refer to our guidance on the Skilled Worker Visa before embarking on a job application to ensure that you understand the requirements for sponsorship. You may be eligible to work in the UK via other alternative visa routes such as the Global Talent Visa or by having Settlement / ILR, please refer to our Staff Immigration webpages for further details.

Update to our application process:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this the personal details of applicants may be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.

Closing date: Sunday 11 December 2022

Interview date: TBA

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