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Academic Liaison Librarian (Cataloguing & User Education)

Salary:  £33,760 to £40,179 p.a. pro rata (Including LWA)
Post Type:  Part-time
Contract Type:  Permanent
Hours:  21
FTE:  0.6
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 08 October 2023
Interview Date:  Friday 03 November 2023
Reference:  368-23

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is a forward thinking, contemporary and world-class Higher Education Institution with a vision to redefine the conservatoire for the 21st century. At the leading edge of music and dance training, it provides specialist education of the highest quality, which reflects the increasingly collaborative world of artistic practice and supports the lifelong career development of students and professional performing artists. 

The Laban Library & Archive, which supports teaching, learning, performance and research within the Faculty of Dance, seeks to appoint a part-time Librarian to join its team of specialist professional staff, commencing as soon after 2nd January as possible. The Laban Library offers the largest and most varied open-access specialist research collection on dance and related subjects in the UK, covering many aspects of dance in a variety of formats and languages.

This role has specific responsibility for cataloguing, and also incorporates user education and   academic liaison (which is shared across the three professional librarians). It also involves regular enquiry work, user support, circulation tasks, collection development and maintenance. Areas of responsibility may change over time to complement the skills and experience in the team.

We know that sometimes people can be put off applying for a job if they think they can’t tick every box, but often the “perfect candidate” doesn’t exist, and we understand that not all candidates meeting the necessary criteria for cataloguing will necessarily have as much experience in user education. If you can do most of what we are looking for we would very much welcome your application.

We are seeking someone with: 

  • a postgraduate qualification in librarianship or working towards one, or with extensive professional experience of cataloguing and user education
  • experience of cataloguing and classifying library materials, including a strong understanding of AACR2/RDA, MARC21 and LCSH
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills

You should relish solving problems and enjoy working as part of a small team. Experience of providing academic liaison and user education in a library context would be advantageous, along with knowledge of (or a demonstrable interest in) dance. 

As an equal opportunity employer, we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Please note all applications submitted will be shortlisted anonymously by our recruiting panel, so please ensure that your name and personal details are not included to your supporting statement, otherwise we will not be able to consider your application.

If you think this might be just the job for you, please click on ‘Apply online’ to complete and submit an application form.

For any queries about this role that are not covered in the job pack, please email Katerina Filosofopoulou, our Talent Resourcing and Organisational Development Officer on

You can download a job pack by clicking on the ‘Job Pack’ link below:

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All of our taught programmes are validated by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Research degrees are validated by City, University of London. 

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales Company No. 51090. Registered Charity No. 309998.

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