African Studies Centre Library Cataloguing Assistant

African Studies Centre at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, 13 Bevington Road, Oxford

The Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA) is looking to appoint a Library Cataloguing Assistant for the  African Studies Centre (ASC). This is an exciting role for a trained library cataloguer working as part of a friendly team in a vibrant and dynamic academic department. The cataloguer will create and/or upgrade records for the Library’s uncatalogued monographs working on a unique and exciting project to catalogue the ASC Centre collection in order to integrate it with Oxford University's library system for the first time. 

About the Role:

This is a fixed-term post available for 10 months, to commence as soon as possible. The role is offered on a part-time basis (29.20 hours per week), however, we welcome applications from suitable candidates wishing to negotiate a contract of fewer hours per week and/or a flexible work schedule. 

The successful candidate will be dealing with inquiries and providing directions to appropriate services. Reporting directly to the ASC Director and working occasionally under the direction of Library colleagues, they will undertake a range of administrative duties to support the ASC library asset and stock management. The post holder will be expected to complete tasks under general direction and be able to manage their own varied workload on a day-to-day basis whilst upholding the Centre’s strong commitment to providing high-quality customer service at all times. The post will not only include lone working at the Centre, but also working or attending training at other places, such as St Antony’s College and Bodleian Library locations. Whilst the majority of the responsibilities require physical presence,  an eventual possibility of hybrid working will be considered for a small proportion of suitable tasks, after adequate initial training and induction.

About You:

We are looking for an enthusiastic and reliable individual with a flexible approach, who can catalogue quickly and accurately, using both computer systems and own initiative to develop, arrange and sort open shelf books/journals, tidy shelf sequences, and to participate in various  stock management projects. The successful candidate will have previous experience of using an automated library management system; preferably in higher education or a similar environment. A high level of computer literacy including the completion of MARC21/RDA and LCSH courses run by Bodleian Cataloguing Support Services or willingness to attend relevant University training are amongst essential criteria for this role. Excellent interpersonal skills with an aptitude to communicate effectively, confidently and courteously with students, ASC colleagues and visitors to the Centre and able to work independently with little supervision are also required to participate in this exciting library project.

Applications from candidates with previous experience of improving administrative processes and of working within the wider University library system, specifically the Bodleian Library, are preferred. The ideal candidate shall also be able to demonstrate an understanding of working with people from a range of cultural backgrounds and/or an interest in African studies.

Application Process:

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. CVs will not be considered. Informal enquiries about the role are welcome and will be treated with strict confidentiality. They will not form part of the selection process. Please write to the HR Team at and we will pass your query to the ASC Director as applicable.


The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon (UK time) on Wednesday 30th November 2022. Applications received after the closing date cannot be accepted.

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Contact Person :               HR Office             Vacancy ID :        161449

Contact Phone : 01865 284992 and 284991            Closing Date & Time :     30-Nov-2022 09:00

Pay Scale :           STANDARD GRADE 4       Contact Email :

Salary (£) :           £23,715-27,131 per annum (pro rata)