Senior Information Assistant (Metadata and Discovery)

Royal Holloway, University of London
London (GB)
£23,354 to £27,432 per annum pro rata
19 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
08 May 2017
Contract Type
Part Time

Senior Information Assistant (Metadata and Discovery)


Location: Egham
Salary: £23,354 to £27,432 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance 
 This is the expected starting salary for this post however appointment at a higher point may be made for candidates who demonstrate exceptional skills and experience relevant to the role.
Closing Date:  Monday 08 May 2017
Interview Date:  Tuesday 23 May 2017 
Reference:  0417-142

With the implementation of Alma as our new library management system in January 2016 and the forthcoming move to a new Library and Student Services Centre in autumn 2017, Library Services at Royal Holloway, University of Londonis going through an exciting period of development and change.  As a result of these two major projects, which offer the opportunity to re-shape and develop our services, we are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, experienced and motivated individual to the new role of Senior Information Assistant, Metadata and Discovery.

Reporting to the Metadata, Discovery and Analytics Co-ordinator, the Senior Information Assistant, Metadata and Discovery will work closely with staff across the library to improve the discovery of and access to the library’s digital and print collections through a variety of activities in metadata creation, enhancement, maintenance and troubleshooting.  Specifically the post holder will have responsibility for:

  • Creating metadata for a wide range of resources, including loading of external data and the manual creation of bibliographic catalogue records.
  • Carrying out appropriate spot checking of catalogue records for new acquisitions which are imported in to the Library Management System as part of the shelf-ready process.
  • Carrying out cataloguing of archival records, under the direction of the College Archivist.

The Senior Information Assistant will also support metadata projects, and work with the Metadata, Discovery and Analytics Co-ordinator to advance the library’s metadata and discovery services.

As part of the role you will be expected to develop expertise in the Library Management System, Alma, and specifically the functionality relating to resource management.

A qualified librarian or information specialist (or with substantial relevant experience), you will have a good understanding and practical experience of MARC, AACR2, and RDA, and of classification principles.  A confident user of IT, you will be able to work with speed and accuracy whilst adhering to professional standards.  With excellent communications skills, you can make a positive contribution to a team and work collaboratively, and have a positive commitment to excellent customer service.  You can manage your workload to meet deadlines and respond to changing priorities, trends and developments.

This is part-time, permanent post of 17.5 hours a week, to be worked between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday, by agreement with the post’s line manager.

Royal Holloway is London's highest performing University for Student Satisfaction for the second year running.  We are based in Egham, Surrey, where Royal Holloway is situated in a beautiful campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Frances Shipsey at, +44 (0)1784 443328.

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit . The Human Resources Department can be contacted with queries by email at:

Please quote the reference: 0417-142

Closing Date:  Midnight, 8th May 2017

Interview Date: 23rd May 2017

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