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Reader Services Assistant

Applications are invited for the post of Reader Services Assistant in the School of Arts and Humanities Libraries.

This RSA post provides general support for up to three individual subject libraries including (but not limited to) regular book moving, fetching and shelving activities, book processing activities and regular cover at library issue desks.

This position is a diverse and active role, providing key functions in the Philosophy Library, the English Faculty Library and the Divinity Library on the Sidgwick site. The post holder will undertake duties in support of the activities of each library.

To be effective in this role, you should be IT literate, have strong communication and interpersonal skills, and be a flexible and adaptable, motivated individual. You should demonstrate an interest in being part of a service which has a strong focus on providing an excellent student experience.

Applicants must have the ability to not only work unsupervised but also as part of a local and wider library team; you must be able to cover significant distances daily between libraries, fetching and carrying books.

This entry level role is particularly ideal for those who wish to start a career in Librarianship, or for those who are interested in information services, and wishing to understand the complex nature of academic libraries and their services.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Joanne Harcus, tel: 01223 331889 email:

The closing date for applications is July 19th 2018

Interviews will be held the week beginning 30th July 2018

Start date: Monday 3rd September 2018, or as soon as possible afterwards.

Please quote reference VE15997 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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