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Librarian

Northeastern University London

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POSITION OVERVIEW

Department: Resourcing and Operations

Term: Part-time (0.5 FTE); permanent

Hours: 19 hours per week, Monday to Friday

Benefits

Generous benefits package including 25 days holiday allowance pro rata (excl. Bank holidays), group life assurance, group income protection, pension schemes and private healthcare (optional)

Start date: July 2024

As a Librarian for a higher education provider, you will work in the area of learning resources to provide relevant expertise and support to students and staff. The administration of the service includes acting as Copyright Officer and ensuring legislative compliance.

The University’s student body includes undergraduates, postgraduates, and PhD researchers as well as undergraduate apprentices. This role supports the student and staff community by undertaking a combination of remote and in-person duties. The University does not have a physical lending library on campus, but has access to numerous library facilities, including the Northeastern University digital library, and partnerships with Senate House Library (SHL) and the City of London municipal library service at the Barbican, Shoe Lane and Artizan Street lending libraries, as well as their reference resources at Guildhall Library and the London Metropolitan Archives. There is a small on-campus print collection provided in the quiet study spaces to be a reference collection.

This role works in partnership with another part time librarian, reports to the VLE & Learning Resources Manager, and is a member of the wider Resourcing & Operations team. The role requires both independent and collaborative working, forming strong relationships with faculties, local libraries and bookstores and to be the main point of contact with the main Northeastern University Library Service in Boston.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Liaison with partner academic and municipal libraries: management of annual memberships, arranging library tours and inductions, and being the point of contact.
  • Administrative oversight of physical library resources, largely provided for by a collection at Senate House Library, and a small on-campus reference collection.
  • Lead on the development of the on-campus reference collection.
  • Administration of online resources and subscriptions such as Westlaw, Lexis+ etc. including periodic reviews of contracts for access to these resources, negotiation of renewals and new provisions, and ensuring consideration of the budget and wider strategic purposes.
  • Responsibility for identifying and acquiring e-books using Rialto Marketplace and working with Northeastern University Boston librarians to extend the digital library collection.
  • Collection of statistical and other engagement data to inform the library strategy.
  • Troubleshooting with Northeastern University Boston librarians to resolve access issues to library resources.
  • Working with both Course Leaders and the Library & Learning Resources Officers from each Discipline to appropriately source and acquire resources to fulfill course reading lists and to generally support the academic provision.
  • Ensuring that all library collections are up-to-date, accessible, discoverable, and suitable for the needs of all the University’s courses and the entire community.
  • Working with partner libraries to develop workshops or other projects relating to the availability of their library resources and services.
  • Communication and championing library resources to all students and staff.
  • Review of student feedback and the submission of recommendations for the enhancement of learning resources.
  • Participation and full contribution to working groups related to learning resources, providing user engagement research data as required.
  • Ensuring the University community is provided with the necessary information and training to comply with the relevant copyright licenses and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988 (CDPA).
  • Budget responsibilities for library resources.

About the University

Founded in 2012, Northeastern University London (formerly known as New College of the Humanities) has established itself as a prestigious higher education institution based in the heart of London. After becoming part of Northeastern University’s global network in early 2019, the University has undergone a period of rapid growth, having been granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers in February 2020 and moved to a new, state-of-the-art campus in 2021. The University continues to grow further expanding its student cohort, courses, network, and opportunities.

Person Specification Criteria (Essential/Desirable)

Education, Qualifications and Training

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject for this post, or can demonstrate equivalent experience suitable to this role [E]

Experience

  • A wide range of administrative experience in an academic library environment [E]
  • Experience of work in academic institutions and working collaboratively with staff and students [E]
  • Experience of working with data to build basic longitudinal reports [E]
  • Experience of researching and drafting policies [D]
  • Experience of procurement and budget administration [D]

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent IT skills [E]
  • Excellent organisational skills and full ability to manage own workload [E]
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a very collegial environment [E]
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills [E]
  • Awareness of copyright law [E]
  • Awareness of and capacity to actively promote both equality and equity of access [E]
  • Knowledge and understanding of current developments in scholarly communications [D]
  • Familiarity with accessing and navigating academic research databases [D]

Application Process

Applications should be made via the ‘Apply’ button above by 23:59 on Sunday 30 June 2024. Please reference your application “L0624”.

Participation in the equal opportunities section is encouraged, but voluntary.

Applications must include a covering letter of no more than one page and a full curriculum vitae.

Applications are welcome from all sections of the community and will be judged on merit alone. Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

Location: London
Salary: £41,040 to £43,200 per annum (£20,520 - 21,600 per annum based on a 0.5 FTE)
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 13th June 2024
Closes: 30th June 2024
Job Ref: L0624
   
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