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Middlebury-CMRS Librarian Vacancy

Middlebury-CMRS seeks to appoint a part-time Librarian on a two-year contract from around mid-August 2021 (exact date by mutual agreement), with a possible extension of up to a further year. The Librarian works 20 hours a week, normally from 10am to 2pm on Mondays-Fridays. The salary will be in the range of £10,987 - £11,316, depending on experience.

Applications and informal enquiries to Mrs Fiona Kilby:

Applications deadline: midnight on Wednesday 2 June 2021. Applications to include a covering letter, CV, details of two referees, and evidence of entitlement to work in the UK.  Interviews will take place in the week beginning 21 June 2021.

Middlebury-CMRS is a Study Abroad program associated with Keble College. It welcomes around 35 undergraduate students from leading north American institutions in the autumn and spring, and rather smaller numbers in the summer. M-CMRS students have access to the Bodleian Library system and Keble College library, as well as Middlebury’s online resources. However, their main port of call is M-CMRS’s own Feneley Library, in the centre of Oxford. This houses 18,000 books, as well as special collections and archives. The Librarian will provide students with regular access to books; will offer them guidance in using library resources, including electronic resources; and will assist in cataloguing and organizing the library collections. Applicants should note that the job involves shelving books, the use of library ladders, working at height and lifting and carrying books and boxes.

M-CMRS is associated with Keble College, but it is not part of the University of Oxford or Keble College. The employer for this post is the Middlebury UK Trust, not Keble College or the University of Oxford.

Job Decription: Librarian

Key Responsibilities

  • To staff the library desk and issue books to students and staff. This sometimes involves fetching books from other parts of the building.
  • To answer queries at the library desk and to assist students in using the Feneley Library database, the Middlebury College library databases, SOLO and other electronic resources.
  • To provide a library orientation session at the beginning of each semester.
  • To assist with purchasing, classifying, cataloguing and removal of books from the library.
  • To undertake any other duties that may be reasonably required from time to time, and which are commensurate with the grade of the post. This is a small organisation, where all staff are expected to be flexible.
  • To support the work of the Senior Tutor and Assistant Senior Tutor, including by checking reading lists and contributing to stock management projects.



Qualifications and Experience


  • An undergraduate degree (although some applicants without degrees, but with academic library experience, will be considered)
  • Experience of working in a customer-facing role



  • Experience of working in a higher education and/or public library environment
  • Knowledge of Oxford University and its library system




  • Being a self-motivated and dependable ‘team player’
  • Enjoy working as part of a team and with students
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Computer literacy with a good knowledge of Microsoft Office and database software
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills, enabling a wide range of duties to be prioritized and performed

Further information

This post reports to the Senior Tutor. The position is subject to a one-month probation period.

Full terms of employment will be detailed in the contract.

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