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Rare Books Collections Assistant - CG1758SB
University Library
Vacancy Description
Library, Salary: £23,067 - £26,715 per annum pro rata, Start: As soon as possible, Fixed term until 16 July 2020
This post will close for applications at 12 noon on Monday 9 December 2019

The Special Collections Division of the University Library has a vacancy for a motivated and well-organized individual to undertake a project on the exceptional rare books collections. This is a fixed-term post, starting as soon as possible, and is anticipated to be for a period of six months. The post-holder will be working in the Rare Books team on assessing an extensive collection of books published 1861-1900, making decisions about which books meet the criteria for retention in Special Collections. Duties will include assessing individual books against established criteria, updating existing catalogue records and where necessary importing or creating records from scratch, processing reader recalls, overseeing the transfer of collections between Special Collections and Core Collections at the main Library, and liaising with Library colleagues to ensure an efficient workflow. 

The post-holder must have an understanding of the features which make books rare or special, and be able to apply this knowledge to making collection decisions, in conjunction with written criteria. A demonstrated interest in nineteenth-century books and publication practices would be an advantage. The post-holder must be able to show meticulous attention to detail, excellent time management and personal organization, and be focused and able to deliver challenging targets. The role involves keeping clear records and reporting on statistics. 

Key attributes include excellent IT and communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a small and close-knit team. Ideally the post-holder should have a reading knowledge of at least one European language other than English.  

Further information and informal enquiries may be directed to Elizabeth Henderson at eah10@st-andrews.ac.uk

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall).  More details can be found at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/diversityawards/.

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by the UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers.  Further information can be found at https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/staff/policy/immigration/.

Please quote ref: CG1758SB

Closing Date: 9 December 2019

Interview Date: Week beginning 16 December 2019

Further Particulars: CG1758SB FPs.doc

Salary: £23,067 - £26,715 per annum pro rata
Start: As soon as possible
Fixed term until 16 July 2020