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Assistant Librarian

Job Title: Assistant Librarian

Salary: £16,800 per annum (Pro rata £28,000 full time equivalent)

Hours: 21 hours per week, permanent contract

Optional working pattern: Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9.30am-5.30pm (3 days) or Tuesdays-Fridays, 9.30am-3pm (4 days)

Reporting to: Library and Archive Manager

Location: Stuart Hall Library, 16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU


Role Purpose

The Assistant Librarian is responsible for the day-to-day operation of iniva’s Stuart Hall Library and Archive site at designated times working within the library and archive team, and providing a welcoming reception desk service to library users. The Assistant Librarian will answer research enquiries; lead library tours and inductions to a range of audiences; supervise library volunteers and student placements and contribute to iniva’s wider programming activities. This role also involves managing journal subscriptions, indexing articles and other print and digital collection management, such as acquisition, cataloguing and providing access to our global art history collections.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be a proactive and approachable person with demonstrated experience of managing a front-end library service independently or within a team. They will have demonstrated experience of managing journal subscriptions with excellent knowledge of cataloguing a range of library resources to current RDA and MARC standards. It is equally important for the candidate to understand radical librarianship and the need for critical thinking in their approach to cataloguing contemporary art resources about diaspora artists. Experience working with KOHA Library Management System and subject knowledge in contemporary arts, critical theory or the work of Stuart Hall would be advantageous but training and support will be provided.

Candidates from underrepresented communities are particularly encouraged to apply for this role. We are committed to increasing the diversity and inclusion of staff within the Arts and Libraries sectors. We welcome applications from everyone who meets the person specification of the role.


How to Apply

To apply, please read the Job Description and Person Specification, and send a completed Iniva Job Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form – download below – to recruitment@iniva.org with ‘Assistant Librarian’ as the email subject. CVs are not accepted as part of the application.

Assistant Librarian Job Pack 2023


Equal Ops. form


The deadline for applications is Sunday 5th March 2023 at 11.59pm. Applications received after this time will not be accepted.

Please note due to limited resources, unfortunately, applicants not shortlisted for the first round of interviews will not be informed.