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Assistant Librarian

The British Museum

Location: Bloomsbury, London, Hybrid
Salary: £26,117
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 13th February 2024
Closes: 8th March 2024
Job Ref: 6225

About the role:

The postholder will be responsible for supporting the development of print and digital resources across the Museum’s libraries and the delivery of high quality, customer-focussed library and heritage services including user education, cataloguing and appraisal.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Maintain the organisation of the library including re-shelving and the location tracking of books, journals, and other library items.
  • Finance administration, including liaising with suppliers, processing purchase orders and invoices, and budget monitoring.
  • Assist with the acquisition, subscription, retention, preservation, and disposal of material.
  • Support the delivery of library projects related to collection development, the Koha library management system, reader services, facilities, and communications.
  • Support the development of user education services including guidance, induction and training on the resources and use of Museum library and digital resources in collaboration with the HR training team.
  • Support the development of volunteer placements and the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers.
  • Undertake any other relevant tasks as required.

About you:

  • Degree in librarianship or information management that is accredited by CILIP.
  • Experience of working in a large specialist library or heritage research collection
  • Experience of cataloguing to RDA/AACR2 and MARC standards on a major library management system
  • Good customer service skills and experience of enquiry service or service point provision
  • Experience of library user education provision
  • Confident user of ICT
  • Understanding of finance administration
  • Experience of evaluating, selecting, and organising library resources
  • Understanding of the importance of collection documentation and management policies
  • Experience of working in a research-driven specialist or academic library environment
  • Assistant librarian or library assistant
  • Experience of working as part of a team
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Flexible
  • Discretion and integrity
  • Must be able to work without supervision.
  • Commitment to team working.
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