£26,117 per annum

Contract type:

Contract Permanent


Full time



Assistant Librarian

Assistant Librarian
Collection Projects and Resources
£26,117 per annum
Application deadline: 12pm (midday) Friday, 8 March 2024

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 time management and ability to prioritize workloads.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Flexible
• Discretion and integrity
• Must be able to work without supervision.
• Commitment to team working.
• Confident and approachable

About the British Museum:
Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. The Museum is one of the leading visitor attractions and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.

The Museum offers a competitive benefits package including:
• Membership of the civil service pension scheme
• Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
• Participation in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections.
• Generous annual leave allowance
• Interest-free travel, bicycle, and rental deposit loans
• Professional and personal development opportunities
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

Additional details:
For more information about this role, please see the job description.

If you have any additional needs that we should be aware of in order to support you with your application, please provide details to [email protected].

The British Museum is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals can make best use of their skills, free from unlawful discrimination or harassment. We value the benefits that a diverse workforce brings to a museum which represents world culture. The Museum is committed to ensuring that no job applicant suffers unlawful discrimination because of any protected characteristics. Our recruitment procedures aim to ensure that individuals are treated fairly because of their relevant knowledge, skills, and experience.

The Museum adheres to the HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) for pre-employment screening of Civil Servants.

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