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Closing date: 
Friday, 28 June, 2019

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Library Assistant at the Seeley Library. This appointment is to cover maternity leave and will start on 2 September 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter, and last until the end of July 2020 or the return of the postholder if sooner.

Applicants must have a confident, flexible and positive approach to working as part of a frontline team, as well as independently, in an often hectic environment. As well as contributing to professional library duties such as induction tours, systems management, the website, social media, Moodle updates, acquisitions and collections management, this post involves a great deal of daily contact with library users. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential, along with the ability to work quickly and accurately. Applicants must be educated to degree level, have experience of working in an academic library and be familiar with library IT systems; a qualification in librarianship or information science would be an advantage.

The Seeley Library holds the collections for the Faculty of History, the Department of Politics and International Studies and the Centre for Latin-American Studies, and its primary remit is to support their extensive teaching programmes. The Library holds over 100,000 print volumes, as well as well as offering facilities for accessing thousands of online resources. The successful candidate will therefore help to provide information resources, reader services and user-support in one of the largest and busiest faculty libraries.

Temporary cover: This post is fixed-term until the end of July 2020 or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

To apply for this vacancy, please click on the Cambridge University Job Opportunities link. This will direct you to the University’s web-based recruitment system, where you will be able to log in to create an online application form.

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to the Seeley Library Manager, Paul Cooke, tel: 01223-335342 or email:

The closing date for application is 28 June 2019. Interviews will held in the week beginning 15 July 2019.

Please quote reference VX19500 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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