• Job Reference: 6224
  • Date Posted: 3 May 2022
  • Recruiter: The British Museum
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £30,557
  • Sector: National
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Collection Projects and Resources
£30,557 per annum
Application Deadline: 12pm (midday) Friday 27th May 2022

The British Museum is seeking a Librarian to join the Collection Projects and Resources department. The librarian has specific responsibility for the library collection in the departments Egypt & Sudan, Middle East and Greece & Rome but the main purpose of this role is to work as part of a team responsible for managing the Museum library collection and facilitating access for staff and external users. The postholder is responsible for supporting the management of print and digital resources across the Museum’s libraries and the delivery of high quality, customer-focussed library and heritage services including user education, cataloguing and appraisal.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Be responsible for the operational management of library collections, as defined by the Senior Librarian, and act as first point of contact for research enquiries
  • Identify and evaluate collection material with an understanding of Open Access requirements, print and e-resource needs
  • Liaise with internal stakeholders to manage acquisition, subscription, retention, conservation and disposal of material.
  • Catalogue library material in a library management system (currently Koha) using multiple classifications systems
  • Communicate, consult and liaise with stakeholders across the Museum to identify, scope and deliver projects related to collection development, the Koha library management system, reader services, facilities and communications.
  • Facilitate access to the library and library resources for staff and the public including service point delivery.
  • Support the development of user education services including guidance, induction and training on the resources and use of the Museum library and digital resources in collaboration with the HR training team.
  • Budget management and oversight of financial processing as required.
  • Assess, manage and deliver any preservation or conservation requirements within the collection
  • Development of volunteer placements and the recruitment, training and management of volunteers.
  • Liaise with international stakeholders and act as the library’s representative, as appropriate, including donors, research funders and partners.
  • Line-management as required.
  • Undertake any other relevant tasks as required.

Person Specification:

  • Education: degree in librarianship or information management that is accredited by CILIP; a degree in any subject followed by an accredited postgraduate qualification in information management; work based training and CILIP qualification.
  • Specific technical/professional skills & experience: experience of working in a large specialist library or heritage research collection; experience of cataloguing to RDA/AACR2 and MARC standards on a major library management system; experience of cataloguing on a library management system; good customer service skills and experience of enquiry service or service point provision; confident user of ICT; understanding of finance administration. Experience of providing access to modern scholarly means of communications for research; evaluating, selecting and organising library resources; the important of collection documentation and management policies.
  • Work experience: experience of working in a research-driven specialist or academic library environment; librarian, assistant librarian or library assistant.
  • Specific managerial skills: experience of working as part of a team; excellent time management and ability to prioritise workloads; experience of stakeholder management.
  • Specific interpersonal skills: excellent oral and written communication skills; flexible; discretion and integrity; must be able to work without supervision; commitment to team working; confident and approachable.

The British Museum is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals can make best use of their skills, free from unlawful discrimination or harassment. We value the benefits that a diverse workforce brings to a museum which represents world culture. The Museum is committed to ensuring that no job applicant suffers unlawful discrimination because of any protected characteristics. Our recruitment procedures aim to ensure that individuals are treated because of their relevant knowledge, skills and experience.