Assistant Librarian

  • Job Reference: 919-MQ-17518693-EXT
  • Date Posted: 22 June 2022
  • Recruiter: UK Health Security Agency
  • Location: Colindale
  • Salary: £32,331 to £39,691
  • Sector: Health
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full-time

Job Description

Assistant Librarian

Civil Service: Higher Executive Officer (HEO)

COVID-19 has reinforced the impact that threats to health can have on society and the economy and driven health security as a critical component of our national security architecture. The United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is a system leader for health security; taking action internationally to strengthen global health security, providing trusted advice to government and the public and reducing inequalities in the way different communities experience and are impacted by infectious disease, environmental hazards, and other threats to health.

UKHSA’s remit, as an agency with a global-to-local reach, is to protect the health of the nation from infectious diseases and other external threats to health. As the nation’s expert national health security agency UKHSA will:

  • Prevent: anticipate threats to health and help build the nation’s readiness, defences and health security
  • Detect: use cutting edge environmental and biological surveillance to proactively detect and monitor infectious diseases and threats to health
  • Analyse: use world-class science and data analytics to assess and continually monitor threats to health, identifying how best to control and mitigate the risks
  • Respond: take rapid, collaborative and effective actions nationally and locally to mitigate threats to health when they materialise
  • Lead: lead strong and sustainable global, national, regional and local partnerships designed to save lives, protect the nation from public health threats, and reduce inequalities

UKHSA’s immediate and most important priority is to continue the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the longer term, UKHSA will build on the legacy of the COVID-19 response to ensure resilient and scalable infrastructure to secure the UK in the strongest position to protect the public from future threats to health.

UKHSA mission is challenging, innovative and in the spotlight. To achieve our objectives effectively and fairly, we commit to representing modern Britain and all its diversity. UKHSA recognises that diversity of background and life experience brings different insights, creates challenge and encourages change and innovation. This in turn produces more accountable and trusted public services and better decisions; better because they are more attuned to the needs and interests of all our communities. Differences of thought and outlook are not only respected but expected. We want all our employees to feel that they can be themselves at work and that they are valued.

Job overview

The purpose of the role is to contribute to the delivery of UKHSA’s knowledge and library services in support of all UKHSA staff, with specific responsibility to contribute to the provision of library services at UKHSA Colindale. The Knowledge and Library Services team provide library and knowledge management expertise to support research and development, evidence-based practice, management and business services, with the overall aim of facilitating the translation of knowledge and evidence into practice

Main duties of the job

The post holder will help provide a range of library services, including document delivery, literature searching, enquiries, acquisitions, information skills training and knowledge management tasks.  This is a site-based role with direct responsibility for supporting user needs and delivering services to colleagues based at Colindale.

The post holder will be required to implement and adjust operational plans when the situation requires, particularly in response to urgent user requirements, in order to balance needs against available resources and to make recommendations to the senior team.

The post will provide a unique opportunity for a qualified professional or someone with significant equivalent level information and library knowledge and skills to gain experience in public health librarianship and information science at an exciting time in the development of Knowledge and Library Services in UKHSA.

Working for our organisation

The UK Health Security Agency exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and the delivery of specialist public health services. We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy. We provide government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific and delivery expertise and support. 

We pride ourselves as being an employer of choice, where Everyone Matters promoting equality of opportunity to actively encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce.

UKHSA ethos is to be an inclusive organisation for all our staff and stakeholders. To create, nurture and sustain an inclusive culture, where differences drive innovative solutions to meet the needs of our workforce and wider communities. We do this through celebrating and protecting differences by removing barriers and promoting equity and equality of opportunity for all.

For more information and to view the full job description and selection process, please click on the apply button.

Closing date:   06/07/2022 23:59