Academic Support Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2015-05-13

Employer: London School of Economics


The Academic Services Group supports research and teaching at the School by identifying information needs and ensuring access to services and collections to enhance teaching and research. Close liaison with academic departments and a proactive approach are vital to the Group’s success. The postholder is responsible for the management of the School’s open access repositories, LSE Research Online and LSE Theses Online, and the advocacy of the School’s open access agenda and provides a liaison service for academic departments in the School.

The initial focus of the post is expected to be on the areas listed below. This is a rapidly developing area and some of the specific responsibilities of this post are likely to change and develop over time.


  • CILIP-recognised professional qualification in librarianship/information science or currently working towards completion.
  • Post qualification experience working in a library or similar customer service environment, preferably in higher education.
  • Knowledge of scholarly communications,including traditional and emerging modes of publishing, routes to open access and copyright.
  • Experience of working with and developing institutional/digital repositories or publications management via a CRIS.
  • Experience of managing and promoting a service, including designing and implementing processes and workflows.
  • Evidence of providing improvements and enhancements to service delivery, particularly in the area of open access, scholarly communications or research support.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a range of Library users and colleagues at all levels of seniority.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others as part of a team.
  • Proven ability to liaise with researchers, colleagues from across an organisation and representatives of external organisations to support the development of a service.
  • Demonstrated awareness of a range of planning techniques, for example planning development priorities, personal time management and operational planning.
  • Problem-solving skills, for example identifying a problem, investigating and following through to a solution, by liaising with appropriate contacts.



  • Knowledge of funder open access policies.
  • Evidence of the ability to give presentations to groups of colleagues and/or users to explain or promote an initiative or service.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in cross-institutional projects or working groups.
  • Experience of having line management responsibility for staff.
  • Demonstrated experience of an advocacy role and demanding negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Experience of planning and managing a service and/or promotional events.

Archived on: 2015-05-13