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College Librarian

St Edmund Hall is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford and occupies a historic site in the middle of Oxford, just off the High Street.  The College community has around 70 Fellows, 400 undergraduate and 300 graduate students in addition to administrative and domestic staff.  St Edmund Hall’s roots are in the 13th Century, making it one of the oldest education institutions now within the University of Oxford.

The College first appeared in 1317 in the rent roll of Osney Abbey and is named after St Edmund of Abingdon, who is believed to have lived and taught here in the early thirteenth century.  The Reformation resulted in the sale of Halls by the Crown to the Colleges, eager to absorb them into their buildings.

The former parish church of St Peter-in-the-East was converted into the College Library in 1970, and is one of the most beautiful college libraries in Oxford. It is said to be named after the church of S. Pietro in Vincoli in Rome and is named in the Domesday Book (c.1085).

The Library plays a key role in the College’s academic life and is a major resource for teaching and learning.  The St Edmund Hall Library provides services for undergraduate and graduate readers, Fellows, and other current members of the College.

The Library is generally staffed Monday to Friday during normal office hours.

The successful candidate will be required to manage the Library, facilitate study and research in all the College's collections, including advising students (where appropriate), manage the security of the Library and be responsible for the Assistant Librarian, casual Library staff and graduate helpers.

The person appointed will have a good first degree, experience of working at a professional level in an academic library, knowledge and experience of automated cataloguing using AACR2/MARC/RDA and library management systems, excellent communication and interpersonal skills and have a positive attitude to work and colleagues.

In return, we can offer a competitive salary, 28 days annual leave (including Bank Holidays) plus an additional 8-10 days per year during the College closed periods at Easter and Christmas, free lunches when the College Kitchen is open, pension scheme and bus/train ticket loans.

Further details about the role and details of how to apply can be found here.

Application Process

Interested candidates should complete the attached Personal Information Form and send a CV together with a covering letter, which explains how they meet the selection criteria for the post, by email to recruitment@seh.ox.ac.uk by Friday, March 9, 2018 at 17:00.   Interviews are expected to be held on either Friday, March 16 or Monday, March 19.    Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.  The successful candidate will be expected to commence employment as soon as possible.

Applicants are asked to forward the name and contact details of at least two referees (on the Personal Information Form) by the closing date, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. 

Informal enquiries about the post should be made to Blanca Trepat-Martin, Librarian, on 01865 279062 (blanca.martin@seh.ox.ac.uk).

Please also consider completing an Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form.  Submission of this form is voluntary and does not form part of the selection process, but we would be grateful if you are willing to return it with your application to assist us with our equal opportunity monitoring.


Closing date: 
Friday, 9 March 2018 - 5:00pm