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Senior Information Assistant (Metadata and Discovery)

Royal Holloway, University of London - Library Services

Location: London
Salary: From £27,272 per annum (including London Allowance)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 30th November 2023
Closes: 7th January 2024
Job Ref: 1123-501

Starting Salary is £27,272 per annum (including London Allowance)*

*This is the expected starting salary for this post however appointment at a higher point may be made for candidates who demonstrate exceptional skills and experience relevant to the role.

We are seeking to appoint a resourceful and motivated individual to the role of Senior Information Assistant (Metadata and Discovery).

You will work closely with staff across the library to improve the discovery of and access to the library’s digital and print collections through metadata creation, enhancement and management.  Specifically, the post holder will have responsibility for:

  • Creating and enhancing metadata for a wide range of resources
  • Ensuring that metadata in library systems (Alma, Primo, Aspire) meets agreed standards
  • Undertaking project work related to metadata and collection management
  • Supervising Reading List Assistants in checking and improving list metadata

As part of the role, you will develop expertise in the Library Management System, Alma, in the discovery tool Primo VE and in Talis Aspire, the reading list system. Detailed knowledge and experience of cataloguing and classification to library standards are desirable for the role, but full training in this will be provided to the successful candidate.

Most importantly you will be a confident user of IT who can work with speed and accuracy.  You will be an excellent problem solver who is resourceful in their ability to extract, match and manipulate large sets of data from multiple sources using Excel and other tools. With excellent communications skills, you can make a positive contribution to a team, and work collaboratively with colleagues across the library service. You will have a commitment to excellent customer service and the ability to manage your workload to meet deadlines and respond to changing priorities, trends and developments. 

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

This is a full-time, permanent post of 35 hours a week. The University has adopted hybrid working for some roles and so some remote working would be possible for this role.

Royal Holloway recognises the importance of helping its employees balance their work and home life by offering flexible working arrangements.  We are happy to consider a request for flexible working for this post including job share or compressed working hours.

The University is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We strongly encourage applications from Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic communities, as these are currently underrepresented.

As part of our commitment, we will be undertaking anonymised shortlisting for this post. Resumes/CVs and personal statements which may compromise this process will not be reviewed.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Phil Bower, Head of Acquisitions and Content Delivery on philip.bower@rhul.ac.uk.

For queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at: recruitment@rhul.ac.uk

Please quote the reference: 1123-501

Closing Date:  23:59, 7 January 2024

Interview Date: To be confirmed

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