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Academic Liaison Librarian

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Founded in 1837, the Royal College of Art is the world’s largest community of postgraduate art and design students. It is also the oldest art and design university in continuous operation and has been ranked as the world ‘s number 1 art & design university for a remarkable nine consecutive years (QS World Subject Rankings 2015-2023).

The Library is part of IT, Library and Technical Services (ILTS), a directorate of skilled and specialist staff supporting students and staff to meet their academic objectives.  ILTS includes Library, Special Collections, Technical Services, IT Services and Digital Delivery.  The Library is based on the Kensington campus and provides services to our campuses in Battersea and White City.

The Library is home to some 70,000 items including books, magazines, print journals and our Special Collections. In addition, we have an expanding digital library of e-books, e-journals and online resources covering a wide range of interdisciplinary subjects. The library provides quiet study spaces across three levels.  The Library team deliver a customer-focussed and pro-active service as part of our hybrid service model.

Purpose of the post

The Academic Liaison Librarian is part of the Reader Services team and provides specialist library support to postgraduate students in designated schools through a programme of inductions, workshops and one-to-ones.

The role involves proactive liaison with academic staff and programme teams to ensure the Library provides appropriate resources, advice and guidance materials to support teaching and research.

Contributing to collection development is a core part of the role. This includes engaging with key stakeholders to enhance diversity, inclusivity and accessibility of the collections. 

This full time and permanent role would suit an enthusiastic and creative individual, who enjoys connecting and collaborating with a wide variety of people.

The role will include an evening and a Saturday shift on a rota basis. This is primarily a campus-based role with some flexibility to work from home.

If you have demonstrable experience of providing a proactive and user-focused service with excellent customer-service level skills in an academic or specialist library we would like to hear from you.

For more information on the role please see the Information Pack.  

Closing date: 11.59pm on Sunday 23 July 2023

Interviews are likely to be held: 16/17 August 2023 (TBC)

Further details: Information Pack  

The Royal College of Art (RCA)  aims to foster an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students and stakeholders are respected. 

We recognise the broad range of experiences that a diverse staff and student body brings and how this  strengthens our research and enhances our teaching. In order for RCA to remain a world-leading institution we are committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) principles throughout all of our processes, from application through to appointment.

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