Senior Information Assistant, Metadata and Discovery

Job Description

Library Services Department

Senior Information Assistant, Metadata and Discovery

Permanent, Full time


Salary is in the range £24,151 to £28,377 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.


We are seeking to appoint an efficient and motivated individual to the role of Senior Information Assistant, Metadata and Discovery. 

Reporting to the Metadata, Discovery and Analytics Coordinator, the Senior Information Assistant, Metadata and Discovery will work closely with staff across the Library to improve the discovery of and access to the Library’s digital and print collections through a variety of activities in metadata creation, enhancement, maintenance and troubleshooting.  Specifically the post holder will have responsibility for:

  • Creating and enhancing metadata for a wide range of resources
  • Carrying out appropriate spot checking of catalogue records for new acquisitions
  • Carrying out appropriate review of metadata in the Reading List system, Talis Aspire
  • Undertaking Project Work related to metadata and the improvement of discovery of library resources


As part of the role you will be expected to develop expertise in the Library Management System, Alma, and in Talis Aspire, the reading list system.

You will have relevant experience of working in a library or information service, preferably in a cataloguing or metadata role.  You will have a good understanding and practical experience of MARC, AACR2, and RDA, and of classification principles.  A confident user of IT, you will be able to work with speed and accuracy whilst adhering to professional standards.  With excellent communications skills, you can make a positive contribution to a team, and have a positive commitment to excellent customer service.  You can manage your workload to meet deadlines and respond to changing priorities, trends and developments. 

This is a full-time, permanent post of 35 hours a week, to be worked Monday-Friday.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing.
  • Free parking


The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Phil Bower at, or +44 (0)1784 443328.

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit the website via the Apply button. The Human Resources Department can be contacted with queries by email at:


Please quote the reference: 0419-159


Closing Date:  9 June 2019

Expected Interview Date: 24 June 2019


The College is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community.