Librarian - Collections and Research - 5 mth FTC

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    Knowledge and information management

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  • Salary:

    £16.48 - 16.48 per hour

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    020 7378 5459

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  • Job ref:

    DR - 25640

  • Published:

    9 months ago

  • Duration:

    5 months

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  • Startdate:

    2019-03-11 00:00:00

Librarian - CataloguingLondon£16.48 per hour35 hours a week5-month contractAbout the company We are presently recruiting for an enthusiastic Qualified Librarian for our Research Charity client in London. This is a 5-month Fixed Term Contract to cover a secondment within the team. You will join and work closely with a multidisciplinary Collections Team which includes librarians, archivists and documentation officers, cataloguing a broad spectrum of formats, including, monographs, serials, zines, artists books, grey literature, and audio-visual materials.The successful candidate will hold a qualification in librarianship (or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate experience of cataloguing in MARC, plus an excellent understanding of library metadata standards. The post-holder will be genuinely interested in improving data quality and accessibility, exploring ways to engage new and existing audiences within collections.Key Objectives   
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, taking a flexible approach to catalogue a wide range of library materials, with a focus on our printed and published collections. 
 Main Responsibilities  
Cataloguing and classification, assigning subject and genre headings, and ensuring data quality in accordance with organisational specifications, user needs, and relevant national and international standards and controlled vocabularies. 

Assisting in the administration of serials - cataloguing, sorting out anomalies in the ordering process, claiming for missing issues.Working adaptably across a wide range of library material, both analogue and digital.Developing area(s) of specialist professional expertise (e.g. cataloguing ephemera, grey literature, serials or audio-visual materials) as required. Contributing to the agile and iterative development and testing of potential new approaches to cataloguing and metadata, demonstrating a desire to experiment and find creative solutions. Promoting selected material to new and existing audiences.Contributing to the delivery of a high-quality public service by working on appropriate library service points on a rota basis, answering telephone and email enquiries.Maintaining an up-to-date professional awareness of new developments in professional library standards and practice.Undertaking occasional evening and weekend work, as required.Undertaking work in accordance with organisational policies and principles.Undertaking any other work that may be reasonably required from time to time. 
 Why you'll be hiredTo be considered for this role you will require: You'll be an innovative and creative thinker, who feels comfortable working in an experimental, audience and outcomes-focused culture. Your strong interpersonal and analytical skills will be accompanied by the ability to develop effective, collaborative working relationships and work as part of a team to achieve results.    Experience  
Professional qualification in librarianship or an equivalent discipline.Sound experience of cataloguing printed / published library materials, including serials.Excellent knowledge of RDA, AACR2 and MARC 21.Ability to work flexibly across other types of material, such as visual resources and moving image %26amp; 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 MeSHKnowledge and experience of specialist cataloguing standards for rare books, art, audio-visual resources (e.g. DCRM(B), DCRM(G), ISAD(G), SPECTRUM, etc.)Experience of working with special collections 
 Soft Skills 

Ability to work independently, show initiative and take responsibilityAbility to take an audience- and outcome-focused approach with a proven capacity to think innovatively and creatively, and a willingness to experiment with new approaches. Effective oral and written communication skillsExcellent analytical and problem-solving skillsHigh level of computer literacy, including the skills to manipulate complex data in bulk.Good organisational skills 
 Why you should applyThis is a great opportunity for an experienced Librarian to put their skills and knowledge to useIf you are interested in learning more information about the role.  Please get in touch on 020 7378 5468 or