Academic Engagement Librarian

Manchester, United Kingdom
£32,236 to £39,609 per annum (according to relevant experience)
03 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 13/12/2018
Salary : £32,236 to £39,609 per annum (according to relevant experience)
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Professional Support Services
Division : Engagement and Special Collections
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : ASAP until 29 January 2021

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.

We are seeking to fill a full-time Academic Engagement Librarian role (fixed-term until 29 January 2021) within the Library's Academic Engagement Team, which is part of the Engagement & Special Collections Division. This role is a vital connection between our Library and our academic community at the University of Manchester.

Establishing and developing partnerships with academic colleagues

Improving the research and teaching experience of our schools by facilitating access to services

Actively seeking out opportunities to anticipate, understand and exceed the expectations of our academic community

Championing and representing the voice of academics in the shaping of Library priorities

Successfully delivering on projects for both the team and wider Library

We are seeking a confident communicator and self-starter who can initiate and build relationships with academic colleagues across the University. In addition to experience of academic libraries you will also have the ability to lead and manage projects working both with colleagues across the University and to work collaboratively with other Library teams. Candidates should have excellent communication skills and display a keen awareness of the strategic imperatives for the Library and University. Creativity and a desire to innovate are also necessary requirements along with the ability to translate ideas into action. Resilience and a determination to succeed are also vital pre-requisites to meet both individual and team objectives and goals.

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. This culture and values is embodied in our five ways of working:

  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 per week

This post is based primarily in the Main Library, Oxford Road. However, all Library employees are required to work at any Library site, as necessary.

All Library staff are required to wear a name badge and branded clothing during defined promotional activities and events.

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.


Informal enquiries

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dominic Broadhurst


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

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

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