Positive Action Graduate Trainee Library Assistant 2024

Type: Graduate
Region: London

The University of London is a leading UK provider of distance and digital education internationally, offering programmes to 45,000 students in 190 countries around the world. Although proudly rooted in London, our community and impact are global.

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS)

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) is a postgraduate research institute with a core of over 130 researchers, research students and legal information professionals, but which draws its primary membership from academic researchers and postgraduate research students from other institutions throughout the UK, and which also provides services to researchers in the wider legal community.

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) Library is committed to changing the staff profile in libraries by introducing an annual Positive Action* Graduate Traineeship.

We are seeking to appoint a Positive Action Graduate Trainee for the Academic Year 2024/2025. The post is a one-year fixed term training post, designed for graduates carrying out a year of work experience and training. This post will sit alongside our two standard Graduate Trainee posts.

This post is for Black, Asian, and Global Majority Ethnic applicants. Libraries should better represent our diverse society.

Less than 5% of the library workforce identifies as Global Majority Ethnic (CILIP 2023)*. This must change. SCONUL (SCONUL 2022)* has also undertaken work in this area by collecting data on the ethnic diversity of the workforce to improve diversity and to address inequality. SCONUL (2023)* also published its first statistics report on the make-up of the academic library workforce in 2023.

*Positive action is covered by section 158 of the Equality Act 2010

The role

The post is a one-year fixed term training post designed for graduates carrying out a year of work experience and training prior to obtaining a professional qualification, if they wish to. The trainee is initially based in either the Information Resources team or the Academic Services team. After six months, trainees exchange roles so as to experience working in both library teams.

They will also spend time in our Digital Services team. This timetable enables them to develop an overall understanding of the links between the different teams and how the library fits together as a whole. The trainee is entirely integrated into the smooth running of the Library.

They undertake essential duties in the Information Resources and Academic Services teams as well as working on our busy Issue & Enquiry Desk. An extensive staff development programme is detailed elsewhere and monitoring and feedback from that programme takes place.

This post will sit alongside our two standard Graduate Trainee posts.

Further information

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your CV and Covering Letter (by clicking ‘apply for job’ at the bottom of this page) before the closing date at midnight on 30th June 2024. Please note: when applying, please amalgamate your covering letter and CV into one document (Microsoft Word .doc or .docx) and upload it using the ‘Covering Letter and CV’ tab.

Interviews are scheduled to take place during the week beginning 15th July 2024 and applicants are encouraged to ensure their availability. The University will be unable to sponsor candidates for a visa for this role. Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK for the duration of their employment.

The University of London is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive working environment where we can all be ourselves and succeed. For this post we ask for applications from members of?Black, Asian, and Global Majority Ethnic communities as this group is currently under-represented at all levels within the University.

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