Senior Resource Description Assistant – Bodleian Libraries

Jan 20 2023

Collections and Resource Description is part of the Collections Management division within the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. The library are currently looking for a part-time Senior Resource Description Assistant, with an advance knowledge of one of the following languages: Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Polish or Croatian, to join the European languages Cataloguing Team.


The team is responsible for the cataloguing of library materials in Western and Eastern European languages. You will be responsible for cataloguing materials in Eastern or Western European languages as directed by the Team Leader. The bibliographic work consists of copy and original cataloguing as well as enhancing existing records to facilitate reader access to collections. In addition, you will undertake a range of tasks relating to the distribution of materials throughout the Libraries.


Previous experience of bibliographic cataloguing will be an advantage although full training will be given to the right candidate.


You will have experience of working with structured data and enjoy methodical, precise work requiring a high level of attention to detail. A flexible approach is necessary, as is the ability to work both independently and co-operatively with colleagues. Good written and spoken communication skills are essential. You will assist with the movement of books throughout the department, using trolleys and other aids as necessary.


This is a permanent, part-time position, working 18.25 hours per week.


You will be required to upload a supporting statement as part of your online application. Your supporting statement 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 will not be considered.


The university of Oxford’s staff and students come from all over the world, and we 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.


Only applications received online by 12.00 midday (BST/GMT) on Monday 20 February 2023 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 9 March 2023.