Assistant Librarian (China and Inner Asia)

SOAS University of London - Library and Information Services Directorate

The role and its responsibilities

The role of the Assistant Librarian (China & Inner Asia) will be based in SOAS Library (one of the five UK National Research Libraries) and will support teaching, learning and research by focusing on:

  • Selection and preparation of materials and maintaining the China & Inner Asia collections;
  • Development and exploitation of electronic and printed resources to support teaching, learning and research in these subject fields;
  • Promotion of these resources to SOAS students and staff, and to a wide range of national and international visitors;
  • Induction, information and digital literacy skills training.

Skills and experience

You will have a sound knowledge of the standards of library cataloguing and of the use of computer applications to facilitate access and exploitation of electronic resources. The ability to communicate effectively in Chinese and English as well as having sound knowledge of the Pinyin and Wade-Giles systems of Chinese Romanisation is also required.

Competitive benefits package

As an employer of choice SOAS offers an extensive benefits package including:

  • 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and additional School closure days (pro rata for part time staff)
  • Pension scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Various loan schemes including season ticket and IT equipment
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay provisions, childcare voucher scheme, financial support for childcare

About Library and Information Services

The Library & Information Services Directorate (LIS) is responsible for the SOAS Library (the UK National Research Library for Asia, Africa and the Middle East), the provision of the Information Systems, the Learning Resources, ICT, MultiMedia and Print Services upon which SOAS' Learning, Teaching and Research depends.

For further information on the Library, please visit

SOAS, University of London is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, offering programmes in arts, humanities, languages, law and social sciences. Inaugurated in June 1916, SOAS has had an international reach since the arrival of its first students in February 1917 and celebrated its Centenary in 2016.

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Closing date: 8 October 2017

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered.

Interviews will provisionally be held in the week commencing: 23 October 2017

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact

At SOAS we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background.  

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