Assistant Librarian (Acquisitions, Subscriptions and Metadata)

  • Job Reference: 8092
  • Date Posted: 10 May 2022
  • Recruiter: University of the Arts London
  • Location: UAL - Elephant and Castle, London UK
  • Salary: £29,851 to £36,377
  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full-time

Job Description

We are seeking to appoint an Assistant Librarian to contribute to the development, delivery and exploitation of high quality and customer-focused library services at University of the Arts London (UAL).

You will help to provide a professional acquisitions, cataloguing, classification and metadata service on a University-wide basis to customer college libraries and Resources & Systems (R&S) colleagues. You'll contribute to developing effective policies for acquisitions and metadata, help ensure agreed procedures are implemented and service level agreements met. You'll support the setting of standards and measures, and assist in the provision of training for library assistants and college staff in a partial shelf-ready environment.


Why choose us? 

University of the Arts London is a vibrant world centre for innovation, drawing together six Colleges with international reputations in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts.

For the fourth year running, University of the Arts London is the world’s second University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings® 2022. Our diverse and talented community comprises over 5,000 academic, professional, and technical staff. Together we are committed to social purpose. This includes creating a better a more sustainable world and championing race equality. 

We offer highly creative working environments that inspire staff across all areas to fulfil their potential and continuous training to further develop their skills and expertise. We also offer hybrid and flexible working practices, and excellent staff benefits to improve your work life balance. 

Library Services at UAL provides access to unique collections for all staff and students, and provides its staff with continuing development and training in an environment that encourages excellence, creativity and diversity.


Your profile

We are looking for someone with a degree level qualification and relevant work experience. A recognised library qualification or relevant experience in other education or information roles and related disciplines is desirable (e.g., CILIP accreditation, non-academic library or archives experience, NVQs or apprenticeship, library or teaching postgraduate cert/dip/MA/MSC). You'll have knowledge and experience of the use of cataloguing standards (including AACR2, RDA, MARC 21, LC authorities, DDC) and an awareness of best practice in acquisitions and cataloguing practice in higher education, including the use of specialist text editing software. You'll contribute to the work of the team, providing support, assistance and cover where needed and will be able to create realistic plans to achieve deadlines and objectives, effectively prioritising your work.

In return, we offer a competitive employment package including a salary that reflects working in London, generous annual leave, an attractive pension scheme, and a commitment to your continuing personal and career development in an environment that encourages creativity, diversity and excellence.

If you have any queries about this role, please contact Jaspreet Kaur, Resourcing Adviser via email or call 020 7514 9627.


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Closing date: 22 May 2022.


UAL is committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments for all staff and students to work and learn – a university where we can be ourselves and reach our full potential. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.