Librarian and Head of Information Services

  • Job Reference: 900467
  • Date Posted: 6 May 2022
  • Recruiter: Somerville College
  • Location: Somerville College, University of Oxford
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £54,943 to £63,668
  • Bonus/Benefits: Free meals, USS Pension, generous annual leave
  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full-time

Job Description

The Governing Body of Somerville College invites applications from suitably qualified individuals, with a passion for providing and preserving outstanding academic resources and high-quality information services in a diverse, open and ambitious Oxford College. This varied and demanding role provides wonderful opportunities to interact with a wide variety of academic and support staff, undergraduate and graduate students and our supportive community of alumni and donors. This is a permanent, full-time post available from 1 October 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The post holder may be eligible for election to a College Fellowship after one year.

The starting salary will be from £54,943, depending on skills and experience.

As a member of the Senior Management Team, you will run our Library and Archives and oversee the provision of information services across the College, and, as well as managing our small library team, will manage and support a team of IT and AV specialists who provide IT infrastructure, resources and support to the whole College community.

You will have a recognised Library and Information Science (LIS) qualification and significant experience of working in management roles in an academic institution. You will champion our wonderful Library and Archives, and your excellent communication and organisational skills will enable you to support our Governing Body and its committees and respond to the needs of our academics, external researchers and students. You will be adept at engaging people at all levels and be actively involved in liaising with alumni, donors and the wider community to support fundraising initiatives for our collections. You will represent the College in Oxford-wide fora and help design and implement Library and Archive exhibitions for both College and public events.

You will also be highly IT literate and, whilst not expected to have detailed technical knowledge of IT systems and infrastructure, should be comfortable with technical concepts and terminology and have a sound understanding of data and information systems. You will also have good working knowledge of Data Protection legislation and an understanding of all aspects of Information Security. This will enable you to design and support the strategies to improve and maintain services to ensure that information flow, IT resourcing, data systems, security and compliance are managed effectively. You will devise policies and initiatives to support the College’s strategic plan and ensure that our information services meet the needs of the College community and have the flexibility to adapt to future demands.

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The closing date for applications is noon (UK time) on Friday, 27 May 2022