Learning and Teaching Librarian

  • Job Reference: 17587
  • Date Posted: 10 September 2020
  • Recruiter: The Open University
  • Website: http://www.open.ac.uk
  • Location: Milton Keynes
  • Salary: £33,797 to £44,045
  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Learning and Teaching Librarian

Unit: Learning and Discovery Services

Salary: £33,797 to £44,045

Location: Milton Keynes

Please quote reference: 17587

Permanent, Full time

Closing Date: 8th October 2020 (12 noon)


Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The role

The award-winning OU Library is seeking a qualified librarian who will

  1. Support learning and teaching activities, including the development of students as independent learners, by providing advice and guidance on the access to and use of library content, resources and services to meet the needs of students, learners and University staff.
  2. Work in collaboration across the OU’s Learner and Discovery Services (LDS) portfolio and with faculty colleagues to support the growing digital capabilities agenda and integrate library content systematically into the curriculum using new and innovative approaches as appropriate.
  3. Promote and embody positive attributes and behaviours in a fast-moving context and champion the values of the organisation.

Skills and experience

You will have the ability to excite and engage students and academics by designing and delivering digital capabilities and resource-based learning activities to enhance the curriculum.

You will understand the pedagogic use of online resources and technologies in distance learning and have awareness of accessibility issues.

You will have the ability to work with and influence academic and professional services colleagues.

You will have a flexible, proactive approach, and excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills.

The full summary of duties and skills required for the role can be found in the job description.

What you get in return

We offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term. Benefits for this role include 33 days holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days and an attractive pension proposition.

How to apply

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online accessed by clicking the “Apply" button.

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908655544, quoting the vacancy reference above.

To apply for this role please submit the following;

  • CV
  • Personal statement, up to 1,000 words, you should set out in your statement why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.

To ensure your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for: reference, surname, first initial.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.


Closing date:                    8th October 2020 (12 noon)

Interview date:                W/C 2nd November 2020


Please note: If you have not heard from us within a week of the application closing date, please assume that on this occasion you have not been selected for interview, however we thank you for your interest in The Open University and encourage you to apply for future positions.


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