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Location: London
Position: Administration
Salary: £12.48 per hour plus holiday pay
Date Posted: 12 March 2019
Vacancy Type: Temp
Job Description:
We are currently recruiting for an Temporary Library Collection Assistant to work within one of our prestigious institutes based near Russell Square. This is a temporary position for 3 months starting ASAP.
Job Purpose:
To work as alongside the Metadata & Discovery team and the Space & Collection Management team to assist in collection management projects. In particular, barcoding stock and periodically Cataloguing details onto the Library Management System

Find and correctly identify records for stock items on the Library Management System, apply barcodes to these stock items and enter barcodes in the respective item records.

To update Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags in items to reflect amended barcodes.

Periodically, enter item details of a range of material types, including materials in major European languages, into the Library Management System either by creation of records to the Library’s current standards or editing records derived from online resources.

To periodically operate RFID technology to identify items in need of attention.

To refer problematic items on to the Library Metadata Team for investigation.

To identify and put aside “Pamphlets” – typically items with less than 50 pages – for re-location to the Library Depository store.

To answer basic requests for directions to stock from users should these arise.

Any other duties reasonably required of the post-holder by the Manager following consultation.

Any other duties consistent with both the grade and scope of the post.

Liaising with Research Librarians, Customer Services staff and service sections as necessary regarding collection management and discoverability issues within designated subject areas.

Experience & Personal Qualities


Approachable, friendly and helpful manner.

Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise and deliver activities in line with team and organisational priorities.

Able to undertake repetitive tasks effectively without loss of speed, accuracy or patience.

An approach to work which is methodical with excellent attention to detail and the ability to monitor own accuracy effectively.

Ability to acquire new skills and apply them effectively.

Ability to make specific changes in the system or in their own work methods to improve performance.

Ability to recognise that time is a cost and to adjust behaviour accordingly.

Ability to suggest improvements to processes and solutions aimed at resolving problems and able to question existing practices.

Proven self-motivational skills and the ability to prioritise activities in line with team and organisational priorities.


Experience of library work in a higher education setting.

Previous practical experience of cataloguing, preferably in an academic library context.

Willing to question existing practices and suggest improvements to processes and solutions aimed at resolving problems.

Able to solicit ideas and opinions to help form specific decisions or plans

Technical Knowledge & Skills


Ability to file accurately and speedily both alphabetically and numerically according to Senate House Library classification schemes and to learn the further complexities of Library classification schemes following instruction.

Excellent IT Literacy, including experience of using desktop operating systems and software packages (e.g. Windows systems, Microsoft Office, email systems, Library Management Systems etc.).

Good communication skills as demonstrated by the ability to give clear explanations.

Demonstrable keyboard skills and on-line operations experience, with experience of recording or manipulating data.

Understanding of Library Metadata records and ability to interpret these.

Understanding of Library Classification Systems and underlying principles.

Sound literacy and numeracy skills.

Demonstrable knowledge of techniques and relevant standards to create bibliographic records.

Working knowledge of Sierra or other major Library Management System


Experiencing of using RFID technology in a Library Environment.

Some knowledge of techniques and relevant standards to create RDA bibliographic records.

Knowledge of techniques and relevant standards to create bibliographic records, including MARC21 and AACR2 cataloguing.

Education & Professional Qualifications


Knowledge and practical experience of relevant cataloguing and classification standards, including MARC21, AACR2, RDA and LCC.

Educated to at least ‘A’ Level standard or equivalent.

Good standards of literacy and numeracy skills.


Degree and/or postgraduate qualification in information management.

A first degree is an advantage.
Pay rate - £12.48 per hour plus holiday pay
Working hours - Full-Time positions for a duration of 3 months 
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