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Chief Librarian

SOAS University of London - Library Services

Location: London
Salary: Grade 10 Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 14th September 2022
Closes: 9th October 2022
Job Ref: JP632858BloCL

SOAS University of London is the leading Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.  SOAS University of London is positioned to play a leading role in reimagining higher education globally, with a new strategic plan in place as the basis for the renewal and revitalisation of the School which commits SOAS to both student responsiveness and research intensity. SOAS is moving towards a new model of international partnerships which is responsive to the transnational character of our global challenges.

The SOAS Library is designated by HEFCE as the UK National Research Library for Asia, Africa and the Middle East, a responsibility for which SOAS receives an annual grant, alongside four other designated NRLs (Cambridge, LSE, Manchester, Oxford). The SOAS Library is a member of Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and carries a number of obligations to collect and hold material on behalf of the nation, making this material available to a wide constituency of UK- and internationally-based researchers.

This role represents an opportunity to deliver change in the context of one of the world’s leading specialist academic libraries.

About You

You will develop, implement and evaluate an integrated strategy for the full range of Library Services in line with the vision and objectives of the School, particularly in support of teaching, learning and research and position the Library as a leader in the HE sector both in the UK and internationally, and maximise the benefits to be derived from its National Research Library status.

You will have sound, substantial experience of delivering a professional Library, Archives or Special Collections service with good evidence of providing services built around customer requirements, acquired through extensive experience following formal qualification, recognised by professional or public acclaim.

You will be recognised as an authority in the field of Research Library Services both within the institution and amongst external peers, based on your demonstrated expertise. You will be expected to shape and influence developments within the institution through your contribution to your area of expertise.

You will have interest or expertise in the special focus of SOAS on Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

How to Apply

Closing date:  9th October 2022         

We would particularly welcome applications from candidates from working class, first generation Higher Education, the Global South, Black, Asian or other minority ethnic and underrepresented groups. All appointment decisions will be made on merit, following a fair and competitive process.

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