Director of Library Services and Librarian

London (GB)
05 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
02 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Director of Library Services and Librarian - SOAS

This role represents an opportunity to deliver change in the context of one of the world’s leading specialist academic libraries. 

As one of the world’s leading institutions for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, SOAS is in a unique position to analyse, understand and explain some of the most challenging issues facing the world today. The academic focus on Africa, Asia and the Middle East brings together a global community of scholars and stakeholders and our global outlook is reflected in the diverse composition of staff and student bodies.

SOAS is looking for a Director of Library Services and Librarian who will provide effective leadership and management of the School’s Library, Archives, and Special Collections (Library Services) from strategic development to service delivery. The successful candidate will develop, implement and evaluate an integrated strategy for the full range of Library Services in line with the vision and objectives of the School, particularly in support of teaching, learning and research. They will position the Library as a leader in the HE sector both in the UK and internationally, and maximise the benefits to be derived from its National Research Library status.

In the context of major changes in UK Higher Education, SOAS is conducting a thorough transformation of its professional services to ensure that it is fit for the future.   This role plays a key part in delivering this change. 

Strong candidates will have experience of successful leadership in a large academic and/or research library. They will have strong strategic management skills, and a track record of using innovative information technologies and providing leading outstanding customer service.

For more information, including how to apply, please visit    Applications, in the form of a CV and cover letter, should be submitted to by 2 August 2018.     

At SOAS we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background. We particularly welcome applications from Women and Black and Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within SOAS at senior level.

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