Assistant Librarian (Maternity Cover)

  • Job Reference: LI21004
  • Date Posted: 8 October 2021
  • Recruiter: Magdalen College Oxford
  • Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £22,847 to £28,756
  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Job Type: Temporary, Full-time

Job Description

The Assistant Librarian (Maternity Cover) will report directly to the Acting College Librarian. The main duties of the Assistant Librarian will include:

  • Working as part of a dynamic team to ensure the smooth running of the Longwall Library, as well as all other College libraries
  • Processing of book requests and gifts, including ordering, cataloguing, and classification
  • Assist in the development of Longwall Library collections
  • Engage in reader services activities, including library inductions, enquiries and other forms of user communication
  • Assist in all aspects of Aleph circulation, including general circulation, overdue books, end of term reports, and statistical reporting (training provided)
  • Assist in serial subscriptions and cataloguing
  • Processing of all Library & Archives spending, with support from the Acting College Librarian, in addition to the oversight of the Library’s book and serial budgets
  • Staffing the enquiry desk when necessary and answering enquiries in person, on the phone, or via email in a friendly and professional manner
  • Invigilate readers and visitors in the Old Library and assist in reference and reader enquiries in matters regarding the Old Library collections
  • Temporary project work (e.g. stock-taking, book moves, weeding exercises, digitisation)
  • Coordinate the delivery of an exhibition programme for 2021/22, including installation and promotion, working with the Libraries & Archives team, curators, exhibition designers and conservators as directed by the Acting College Librarian
  • Administer and promote outreach activities relating to the special collections and Archives, and support the Acting College Librarian in arranging tours and delivering outreach activities.
  • Continue to develop the Library services in order to offer the best College Library experience in Oxford.


It is essential that all candidates have the following qualifications:

  1. A good undergraduate honours degree

  2. Professional library qualifications

  3. Previous library experience, preferably in an academic library

  4. General understanding of MARC, AACR2 and RDA, and international classification systems (preferably DDC)

  5. Willingness to train to use all Oxford Aleph modules

  6. Excellent written and spoken communication skills

  7. Excellent analytical skills and a good eye for detail

  8. Ability to be a good team-worker and to work independently

  9. Ability to deal with readers and colleagues in a friendly, proactive and professional manner.

The following are desirable:

  1. Knowledge of another language

  2. Experience in production of high resolution digital images

  3. Experience of developing a webpage and/or social media for institutional representation

The College particularly welcomes applications from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Candidates.

For more information and to apply please click on the Apply button to visit the website. 

Closing date: 22nd October 2021