Senior Acquisitions and Cataloguing Assistant

Feb 12 2024

The Bodleian Libraries are seeking to appoint a Senior Library Assistant to join the Asian and Middle Eastern Technical Services Team, which sits within Collections and Resource Description (C&RD), which in turn sits within Collections Management.

You will be responsible for the acquisitions and cataloguing of approximately 10,000 titles or volumes mainly in various Chinese language groups, per year. You will carry out technical services work (particularly acquisitions and cataloguing) for East Asian material. You will be required to do some other technical work like serials check-in and materials processing as well.

You will be required to work both independently and as part of a team to support the delivery of a high-quality library and information service for those studying and researching in East Asian languages. Good knowledge of spoken and written Chinese is essential and knowledge of other East Asian languages desirable.

This is a permanent, full-time position, working 36.5 hours per week.

This role will involve manual handling.

You will be required to upload your CV and a supporting evidence form as part of your online application. Your supporting evidence form should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description, and explain how you meet each one. CV’s submitted on their own will not be considered.

The University of Oxford’s staff and students come from all over the world, and they proudly promote a friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged, through diverse groups and champions, as well as a number of family-friendly policies, such as the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example shared parental leave.

The range of employee benefits and discounts include 38 days leave (including bank holidays), extensive training and development opportunities, access to travel and childcare schemes, free entry to colleges, discounted access to sporting facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts. For more details please see

They aim to provide a supportive working environment and are happy to discuss training and professional development opportunities. The Chair of this recruitment panel will be Angela Arnold, Asian and Middle Eastern Technical Services Manager, who can be contacted with enquiries relating to the role ( General queries about the recruitment and application process should be directed to the Recruitment team within our Human Resources department (

Only applications received online by 12.00 midday (BST/GMT) on Friday 8 March 2024 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Monday 15 April 2024.