Library Assistant, Research Support Services

Posted to IASSIST on: 2015-01-14

Employer: London School of Economics and Political Science

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The Academic Services Group supports the research, teaching and learning of the School by identifying the information needs of its members and, within the resources available, ensuring access to information sources which meet them. It is responsible for liaison with academic departments, leads the Library information and digital literacy skills training and provides a range of research support services. Library Assistants are assigned to a team supporting one area of work within the Group. In addition to specific responsibilities within their team, Library Assistants contribute to the delivery of a core public service and are responsible for a range of clerical duties across the Library, including staffing busy service points.

The post is part of the Research Support Services team and will work with colleagues to provide support to the School’s institutional repositories, LSE Research Online and LSE Theses Online. In this fast-moving area of library and information provision, a high degree of flexibility is required and the post holder may be required to work on other related initiatives as the need arises.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Working with all the members of the Research Support Services Team to provide liaison and administrative support for LSE Research Online and LSE Theses Online and to ensure that incoming queries are dealt with effectively and in a timely manner, redirecting to colleagues where appropriate.

  • Liaising with the Discovery and Metadata Team to ensure that records and full text are added to LSE Research Online and LSE Theses Online in an accurate and timely manner and working with the Open Access Officer to ensure that Gold open access papers deposited in LSE Research Online comply with funder policies.

  • Develop awareness of copyright issues and publisher policies for institutional repositories and the ability to check copyright permissions for open access research outputs to be added LSE Research Online and LSE Theses Online.

  • Develop familiarity and keep up to date with changes related to funder requirements for open access to research outputs in institutional repositories.

  • To quality check and edit data about research outputs of LSE staff in LSE Research Online to a high standard of accuracy and in the prescribed format.

  • Working with the Academic Support Librarian (Research Support Services) and other colleagues to ensure that the Library is able to meet data requirements for reporting on research activity as required.

  • Updating publications details, identifying full text additions and resolving copyright issues related to LSE Research Online and LSE Theses Online.

  • To compile statistics and reports relating to the repositories on a monthly basis and to share with colleagues as appropriate.

  • Help to promote the services provided by Research Support Services and the Library to a range of LSE user groups including academics, researchers and students.

  • Contribute to the writing of reports and briefings under the guidance and direction of the Research Support Services Manager.

  • Liaising with academic staff, academic support staff and with publishers regarding the addition of content to LSE Research Online.

  • Liaising with PhD students and the Research Degrees Unit about the addition of theses to LSE Theses Online.

  • You will be educated to ‘A’ level standard or equivalent.

  • You should be an excellent communicator with a proven ability to relate to a wide range of users and academic colleagues.

  • You will be well organised and self-motivated with experience of team working and an ability to take initiative and solve problems.

  • Experience of working in higher education and an understanding of the research needs of staff and an interest in open access would be an advantage.

Archived on: 2015-01-14