Librarian - 9 Month Contract

  • Location


  • Sector:

    Knowledge and information management

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £30k - 34k per year + D.O.E.

  • Contact:


  • Contact email:

  • Contact phone:

    020 7378 5459

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  • Job ref:

    Dr - 25496

  • Published:

    11 months ago

  • Duration:

    9 months

  • Expiry date:


  • Startdate:

    2018-11-22 00:00:00



£30,000 - £34,000 DOE

35 hours a week

9-month FTC

About the company

We are recruiting for a Qualified Librarian for our Research Charity client in London. This is a 9-month Fixed Term Contract to cover a secondment within the team.

What you will be doing


  • To make a key contribution to the development, discoverability and accessibility of our unique and distinctive collections.
  • To develop a high level of professional skill and deploy it adaptably and flexibly across cataloguing, serials and acquisitions activity in relation to a wide range of library materials, with a particular focus on our core printed collections and serials.


  • Cataloguing and classification, assigning subject and genre headings, and ensuring data quality in accordance with Wellcome specifications, user need, and relevant national and international standards and controlled vocabularies
  • Assisting in the administration of serials (print and e-journals) – cataloguing, sorting out anomalies in the ordering process, claiming for missing issues, coverage load for e-resources, etc.
  • Administering the acquisition of purchased and donated material, ensuring that it is efficiently processed and that all transactions are appropriately recorded.
  • Contributing to the agile and iterative development and testing of potential new approaches to cataloguing, metadata and acquisitions work, demonstrating a desire to experiment and find creative solutions.
  • Working adaptably across a wide range of library material, both analogue and digital.
  • Developing and maintaining area(s) of specialist professional expertise (e.g. rare books cataloguing, the management of serials and e-resources, acquisitions processes, etc.) as required.
  • Making an active contribution to stock selection, when appropriate.
  • Promoting selected material to new and existing audiences.
  • Maintaining an up-to-date professional awareness of new developments in professional library standards and practice.
  • Contributing to the delivery of a high-quality public service by working on appropriate library service points on a rota basis, answering telephone enquiries and undertaking in-person reference work
  • Undertaking occasional evening and weekend work, as required
  • Undertaking work in accordance with Wellcome policies and principles.
  • Undertaking any other work that may be reasonably required from time to time

Why you’ll be hired

To be considered for this role you will require:


•     Professional qualification in librarianship or an equivalent discipline.

•     Sound experience of the acquisition and cataloguing of printed / published library materials, including print and e-journals

•     Excellent knowledge of RDA, AACR2 and MARC 21

•     Ability to work flexibly across other types of material, such as visual resources and moving image & sound.

•     Knowledge and experience of using widely-accepted descriptive standards and schema; of organising information; and of subject indexing

•     Solid experience and good understanding of library systems, particularly cataloguing, serials and acquisition-related functions.


•     Knowledge and understanding of the Library Management System Sierra (or Millennium)

•     Experience of using classification thesauri (NLM, LC, Barnard)

•     Detailed knowledge of LCSH and MeSH

•     Knowledge and experience of specialist cataloguing standards, e.g. rare books, art, audio-visual resources (e.g. DCRM(B), ISAD(G), SPECTRUM, etc.)

•     Experience of grey literature collections and ephemera

•     Experience of managing the acquisition of library materials by gift e.g. liaising with donors and depositors

Why you should apply

This is a great opportunity for an experienced Librarian to put their skills and knowledge to use

If you are interested in learning more information about the role.  

Please get in touch on 020 7378 5459 or