Assistant Librarian

  • Job Reference: 00000922-1
  • Date Posted: 31 March 2021
  • Recruiter: Keble College
  • Location: Oxford
  • Salary: £27,940 to £32,182
  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full-time

Job Description


£27,940 to £32,182


Keble is one of the largest colleges in the University of Oxford, with some 900 students divided evenly between undergraduates and postgraduates, studying a wide range of subjects in all major disciplines. 

The Library is at the heart of the academic life of the College, as well as housing special collections that attract visiting scholars from around the world.  Its primary purpose is to support undergraduate and postgraduate study by providing a library service that is forward-looking and responsive to the needs of its users.

The incoming Assistant Librarian will play a key part in circulation, collection development, and reader services.  This is a varied and challenging role, and will offer opportunities to develop skills in different areas of the profession, including work with online resources and with Keble’s collections of medieval manuscripts and early printed books. 

We are seeking to appoint an Assistant Librarian to help take the Library forward in these challenging and rapidly changing times.

Main duties and responsibilities

Reader Services

  • Lead the provision of library inductions and reader services for Keble’s associate members from the University of Georgia and Middlebury-CMRS programmes, and support the induction programme for all other Keble students
  • Contribute to creating digital resources to support inductions and user education
  • Ensure that Library rules are observed and the reading room facilities function smoothly
  • Share staffing of the enquiry desk and answering in-person and remote enquiries
  • Lead the Library’s services work to enable inclusive learning and improve access to resources
  • Promote the Library’s services to members via the Library webpages, email, signage and other means as appropriate


  • Oversee the library’s circulation system, including the self-service borrowing system and the processes for overdue books and fines
  • Monitor the Library’s RFID security system and resolve issues
  • Supervise the work of the student assistant(s)

Cataloguing & Classification

  • Classify acquisitions using Keble’s in-house scheme and catalogue them using RDA and MARC21.Training will be provided as needed

Collection Development

  • Contribute to selecting acquisitions, recording purchases, and processing of new stock
  • Contribute to assessment of stock for disposal

Special Collections

  • Support the promotion, preservation, and use of Keble’s special collections of medieval manuscripts, early printed books, and modern special collections for teaching and research

Other duties

  • Deputise for the Librarian as required
  • Attend professional meetings and training alongside staff from other Oxford Libraries
  • Contribute ideas to improve the library service
  • Other duties as agreed with the Librarian.


This role requires:


  • A good first degree, and a postgraduate qualification in Library and Information studies/science
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in a user-facing role and the ability to liaise effectively with the full range of library users
  • Ability to work well in a small team and also to work independently
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • A high level of information and computer literacy, including proficiency with library management systems, word processing, spreadsheets, and use of online journals and databases
  • Ability to solve problems and take a creative approach to work


  • Experience of working in an academic library
  • Experience of creating videos for user education or similar


For an informal discussion about the role with our College Librarian, please email


Instructions on applying for the role:

Please submit your CV (maximum 2 pages) as well as covering letter (maximum 2 pages) which should state how your experience matches that which we are seeking to

Applicants should also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form that can be found at and return it to Trish Long, Assistant Equalities Officer at by the same deadline.

Benefits of working for the College include 38 days of holiday per year (including public holidays), eligibility to join the University’s Oxford Staff Pension Scheme, free meals on duty and discounted bus season tickets.


Closing date for receipt of applications: noon on Wednesday, 21st April


We are an equal opportunities employer.