• Job Reference: 00002373-1
  • Date Posted: 29 March 2024
  • Recruiter: Chatham House
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £33,000 to £37,000
  • Sector: Not for Profit/Charities
  • Job Type: Full-time

Job Description


Do you have experience in working in libraries and would like to join a friendly and dedicated Library team as a Librarian at Chatham House?

The Library and Information Service at Chatham House is over 100 years old and holds an internationally important collection and archive which draws scholars from around the world. Our main work is serving both staff and members of the Institute. The Library is staffed by The Library and Information Service Manager and the Librarian, with the emphasis on team working and delivering an accessible and user-friendly service.

We are looking for a librarian who enjoys working with people and systems. The nature of the Library means that the post holder will be expected to participate in a full range of library duties including, but not limited to, cataloguing, opening and closing the Library, staffing the Enquiry Desk, and document supply. In addition, the role has responsibility for the library management system (currently Soutron), which also acts as the repository for the Institute’s publications output, and other information systems including EBSCO Discovery and OpenAthens.

It will also be important for the person appointed to attend occasional out of hours events to represent the library. We are an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of protected characteristics. We encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us on

Main Responsibilities

  • Act as the main contact with the LMS supplier over system issues.
  • Deliver library inductions and training in using online resources for library users.
  • General enquiry and information work and share of general library administration.
  • Build and maintain relationships with colleagues across the institute and external partners, working collaboratively with others.


  • Assist with the promotion of Library services and resources
  • Maintain and develop user guides and provide user support for online resources.
  • Cataloguing print and online resources.
  • Actively manage and develop the Library Management System (currently Soutron), to include system updates and upgrades.
  • Lead on developing and running the resource discovery service (currently EBSCO Discovery) and other databases and services.
  • Generate regular statistical reports from the LMS and other systems, as well as usage reports from other online resources


Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Professional qualification in librarianship
  • Experience of managing library management systems and discovery services and working with online resources and digital media in a library environment
  • Excellent IT skills, including key functions of a library management system, database searching skills, Excel spreadsheets.
  • Experience and knowledge of cataloguing
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, approachable and a good communicator
  • Experience of answering enquiries using a range of resources
Highly Desirable Skills and experience:
  • An interest in and/or knowledge of international relations
  • Experience of EBSCO Discovery Service, Soutron or similar
  • Experience in a research or similar working environment
  • Experience of OpenAthens or similar authentication system


Benefits include approximately 37 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and Chatham House closure days), enhanced pension scheme, employee assistance programme, life assurance, and other benefits designed to suit your personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional, engaging, and intellectually stimulating environment.

Salary: £33,000 - £37,000 per annum

Contract: Full-time, Permanent.

Location: On-site based role, occasional opportunities to work from home.

Closing Date: Sunday 13 April 2024. You will be notified of the status of your application within 4 weeks of the role closing.

The Job Description as outlined above will not be available once the closing date has passed. Please ensure you keep a copy for your own records.