Metadata Assistant

Manchester, United Kingdom
£23,334 to £26,243 per annum
07 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Location : Joule Library, Sackville Street Building
Closing Date : 20/09/2018
Salary : £23,334 to £26,243 per annum
Employment Type : Permanent
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Library & Cultural Institutions
Division : Content, Collections and Discovery
Hours Per week : 35

The University of Manchester Library is one of only five National Research Libraries and the third largest academic library in the UK. Our vast and rich collections (both print and increasingly digital) help us to deliver a world-class library and information service for the University of Manchester. While our primary objective is to meet the learning, teaching and research needs of University members, we are also fully committed to widening access to our services to individual researchers, local schools and others in the regional community.

The Library is looking to appoint enthusiastic, innovative, and proactive individuals who possess excellent metadata creation and curation skills to join one of the Metadata teams within the Content, Collections & Discovery Division.

The primary focus of this role is to incorporate new content into the Library Management Systems, whilst enabling their discovery and accessibility. With an enthusiasm for data integrity you will be expected to contribute towards collaborative solutions for improved metadata and quality customer driven solutions. You will require strong interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively with the wider division and other Library colleagues to maintain optimum workflows which ensures high throughput of core material.

Metadata Assistants’ responsibilities include the creation and maintenance of metadata, representing the range of media types in the University of Manchester Library’s physical and digital collections. This includes material where a high volume of work is essential for collections such as images, research data curation, and ebooks.

The Discovery & Metadata section has a flexible, service – oriented approach to supporting workload, and the post holder will support all aspects of the team’s work, with training provided where necessary. We are therefore looking for someone who meets the essential criteria in the job description as well as an ability and willingness to embrace change.

Culture and Values – Our Five Ways of Working

The University of Manchester Library strives to create a working environment that is supportive and rewarding providing a platform from which we can achieve our ambitious strategy.

  1. Empowerment – Empowering and supporting individuals to take more risks
  2. Openness – More questioning and working with greater openness and trust
  3. Inclusion – Creating an inclusive culture by recognising each other’s differences and strengths
  4. Responsibility – Taking collective responsibility to achieve our shared goals
  5. Support – Delighting in our success whilst supporting each other through adversity

It’s important that all colleagues share in this vision and are committed to helping create a working environment that is both rewarding and fulfilling. Please consider this before applying for this role.

Hours & Place of Work

Normal working hours are 35 hours per week

These posts are based in the Joule Library, Sackville Street Building however all Library employees are required to work at any Library site, as necessary.

All Library staff are required to wear a name badge.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the black and minority ethnic (BME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area. All appointments will be made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Helen Scott


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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