Location: London – Bedford Square
Reports to: Head Librarian
Hours of work: Full time; 35 Hours, Monday – Friday; 10am – 6pm
The AA is an independent architectural school and an international cultural institution that serves as a forum for ideas. Being a major Centre for debate, the AA offers an unparalleled public programme of lectures, symposia, and exhibitions, together with accompanying publications.
The Architectural Association was founded in 1847, opening as a day school in 1901. The AA is committed to public benefit attained by the learning, teaching, discussion and promotion of architecture. The School is recognised as a worldwide leader in architectural education, with graduates that include many of the world’s leading architects, scholars, critics and educators. The academic and professional programmes of study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, up to and including doctoral level, are validated by external professional and academic bodies.
The AA campus is located in historic 18th century Bedford Square in London with a 350 acre woodland setting in Hooke Park in Dorset. The AA has an annual revenue of £18 million, a student body of 1000 students, 200 faculty, 90 staff, 6,500 members and thousands of visitors that come to engage with the most relevant debates in architecture today.
The AA Library supports all the teaching and research programmes within the AA School of Architecture, as well as providing a loan and reference service to Members. We are seeking a professionally qualified Librarian with experience of working in a library, preferably an academic or research library. The post-holder must have a flexible approach, and is eager to participate in delivering a first class Library and information service.
The post-holder will participate in the day-to-day smooth running of the Library, managing collections as well as student/staff/member requests and enquiries. The post-holder will work with a friendly and enthusiastic team of five Library staff, alongside student assistants. This role includes administering the Discovery platform; ensuring efficient and reliable access to the Library’s digital collections as well as IT services provided by the Library. This role also involves working as the administrator for the library management system, OpenAthens and other online platforms.
What we offer:
We offer a wide range of staff benefits, including up to 40 days’ leave per annum, in addition to Bank Holiday, a defined pension scheme, season ticket loans and access to professional development opportunities.
You will also be able to take part and be involved in a creative and unique teaching environment, where the students display their amazing work with various on-site exhibitions, public programmes and lectures.
Our Bedford Square campus is based just a 5-minute walk from Tottenham Court Road station, right in the heart of Central London.
How to Apply:
Please email the below documents via the ‘Apply‘ button above by the closing date of 30th September 2023 stating the job title in the subject heading.
- AA Application Form
- Cover Letter / Email highlighting why you feel you are the right person for the role. This should be no more than two-pages
- Full CV
We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible. Informal enquires should be addressed to [email protected] or 02078874110.
We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.
Please note that it will not be possible for the AA School to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates. Therefore, the appointed candidate will need to be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of their employment with the AA School, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.
Thank you for your interest in the AA and this role.