Liaison Librarian- Social Sciences

University of Kent - Information Services

Do you have a strong sense of customer focus? Have you got demonstrable experience in the management and coordination in library services? If so, we would like to hear from you!

The purpose of the role is to provide specialist support and develop effective partnerships with the University’s Academic communities to ensure that services delivered by Academic Liaison Services and other aspects of Information Services meet the academic needs of students and staff.

The Academic Liaison team develops library collections as required by the schools and faculties with whom they are aligned, promote awareness of, and develop a range of services to assist in the use of and access to resources. They are responsible for contributing towards the provision of a sustainable, high quality customer-focussed enquiry support service.

Liaison Librarians are designated contact points each with specific Academic Schools and this post holder will be the designated contact for the School of Anthropology and Conservation, the School of Politics and International Relations and the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Liaison Librarians are also aligned with specific areas of strategic focus within Library Collections:

  • Education: Learning and Teaching Support (such as devising and delivering information skills training, the use of Reading Lists, Enquiries)
  • Research Support (such as designing and delivering Postgraduate Skills training, open access publishing, the Kent Academic Repository)
  • Special Collections (including collections of local, national and international interest)
  • Outreach, Partnerships and Equality and Diversity (both internally and externally to the University)

 To succeed in this role you will:

  • Be educated to graduate level or the equivalent and be a qualified Information Professional (e.g. knowledge manager, librarian) or equivalent experience.
  • A postgraduate qualification in librarianship, information studies or a related discipline, or similarly qualified by experience.
  • Have experience in the provision of one or more library academic support services – i.e. academic liaison, collection development, research support, information literacy skills training etc.

Information Services is comprised of four sections: Customer Support, Library Collections and IT Development together directly support almost all areas of University activity, and the Planning and Administration section supports the work of the department. The IT Support Services subsection of Customer Services is responsible for the support and operation of all live central IT systems on the University’s Canterbury, Medway and Tonbridge campuses.

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Start date for applications:04 August 2017

Closing date for applications: 28 August 2017

Interviews are to be held: 08 September 2017

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: OTR1740

Please note - applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly and explicitly address the requirements of the Person specification and you should provide clear evidence and examples in your application which back-up any assertions you make in relation to each criterion. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

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