Evening & Weekend Library Assistant

University of Oxford

We are recruiting for a part-time Library Assistant to join our evening and weekend team. The Taylor Institution Library is one of the University of Oxford’s principal research libraries. It is the centre for the study of modern and medieval European languages and literatures, together with linguistics, world cinema, and women’s studies. The Taylorian is part of Section 3 of the Humanities Libraries and you are likely to provide cover at the other two Section 3 libraries from time to time (Art, Archaeology and Ancient World Library and Nizami Ganjavi Library) or other Bodleian Humanities Libraries in an emergency.

As a Library Assistant you will be part of our Reader Services team. Your duties will include staffing the Enquiry and Issue Desks, assisting readers and working with both the University’s online library catalogue, SOLO, and the automated library management system. You will also fetch and re-shelve books, relegate books to the Collections Storage Facility at Swindon and process stock.

You will have a strong customer focus and the ability to communicate effectively, confidently and courteously, as well as to undertake routine library tasks with care and accuracy. You will have the ability to work effectively as part of a team and to prioritise work under pressure in a busy library environment.

The role involves lifting, carrying and shelving books, climbing ladders above 2m (occasionally) and pushing trolleys.

The Chair of this recruitment panel will be Colin Walker, who can be contacted with enquiries relating to the role ([email protected]). General queries about the recruitment and application process should be directed to the Recruitment team within our Human Resources department ([email protected]).

This is a part-time, permanent post, working 12.13 hours per week averaged over two weeks, to a fixed fortnightly pattern, as follows:

  • Week A: Mon, Thu & Fri evenings (16:00-19:15)
  • Week B: Mon & Fri evenings (16:00-19:15) + Saturday (09:45-18:15 – includes 30 min unpaid lunch break).

Our staff and students come from all over the world, and we proudly promote a friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged, through diverse groups and champions, and the University offers a wide of staff benefits, from access to facilities, personal and professional development opportunities, and services that support health and wellbeing. The annual leave entitlement for full-time posts is 30 days (allocated pro rata for part-time posts), plus bank holiday allowance. University employees are also eligible to join the relevant pension scheme for their role. Further information on the University’s staff benefits for both work and personal life can be found here: https://hr.admin.ox.ac.uk/staff-benefits.

You will be required to upload your CV and a supporting evidence form/supporting statement as part of your online application. Your supporting statement should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description, and explain how you meet each one.

Only applications received online before 12:00 midday (GMT) on Monday 19 June 2023 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place during week commencing Monday 3 July 2023.

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