The Wiener Library

For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

Working & Volunteering

Job Description: Acquisitions Librarian

Full-time, permanent post based in central London, WC1

Salary: £24,500

Responsible to: Head of Collections

The Wiener Library is the world’s oldest Holocaust archive and the home of Britain’s largest collection of published and unpublished works, documents and photographs relating to the Nazi era.  We are seeking an Acquisitions Librarian to join the team in a permanent post. For someone with an interest in modern history this is an opportunity to help develop Britain’s foremost collection of printed and audio-visual material regarding the Holocaust, its causes and consequences. As we are a small organisation we are looking for someone who is a good team player willing to be involved in other projects as necessary.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The priority task is to manage acquisitions of books, periodicals and audio-visual materials including:

  • Actively developing the book collection by seeking new material together with the Head of Collections
  • Selecting new books in line with the collection policy and strategic objectives
  • Buying and accessioning books; both new and second-hand titles
  • Managing the book budget
  • Liaising with the Education and Outreach team to ensure the collections support their work
  • Building a network of contacts with suppliers and second-hand book dealers
  • Evaluating and accessioning book donations to the Library
  • Supplying engaging content for our social media platforms to market new acquisitions
  • Monitoring and evaluating acquisitions by compiling statistical reports
  • Overseeing the periodicals collection
  • Managing and supervising the part-time Library Assistant
  • Contributing to Reader Services, including staffing the enquiry desk on a rota basis
  • Other duties and projects as may be assigned

 

Person Specification

Essential

  • Graduate or post-graduate degree in librarianship, information science or equivalent
  • An interest in 20th century history
  • Fluency in German
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral)
  • Close attention to detail
  • Experience with library management systems
  • Ability to organise work effectively and prioritise tasks
  • Team player as well as self-motivated

Highly Desirable 

  • Excellent subject knowledge of the Holocaust and Nazi era
  • Experience of reader services in a higher education setting
  • Experience with electronic resources
  • Additional language skills
  • Experience of supervising volunteers
  • Good general IT skills

You may be asked to carry out other duties as may arise from time to time including evening work. You will be required to act in accordance with the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to take reasonable care for the health and safety of any person who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate their legal right to work on the UK. Please note that The Wiener Library cannot apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship for this post under Tier 2 of the UK Border Agency’s Points Based System.

To apply, please send a full CV and covering letter outlining your experience to the Administrator Suzy Bartlett sbartlett@wienerlibrary.co.uk

For an informal talk about the role please contact Kat Hubschmann, Head of Collections, khubschmann@wienerlibrary.co.uk

The closing date for applications is Sunday 6 August

Acquisitions Librarian Job Description

Job Description: Cataloguer

Full-time, temporary post based in Central London, WC1

Salary: £25,500

Responsible to: Head of Collections

The Wiener Library is the world’s oldest Holocaust archive and the home of Britain’s largest collection of published and unpublished works, documents and photographs relating to the Nazi era.  We are seeking a qualified Librarian to join the Collections Team for 18 months full-time, to catalogue our book, pamphlet and audio-visual collections. For someone with an interest in modern history this is an opportunity to help develop Britain’s foremost collection regarding the Holocaust, its causes and consequences. As we are a small organisation we are looking for someone who is a good team player willing to be involved in other projects as necessary.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The priority task is to catalogue and index books, periodicals and audio-visual materials including

  • Cataloguing new books, periodicals and audio-visual material to AACR2 standard
  • Indexing all printed and audio-visual materials using our in-house thesaurus
  • Maintaining and developing the in-house thesaurus
  • Working with the Archivist and Photo Archivist to ensure the thesaurus works across all resources
  • Liaising with the supplier of our collection management team (Soutron) to maintain and update the system, together with other members of the Collections Team
  • Surveying the audio-visual collection backlog and prioritising material for digitisation and cataloguing
  • Liaising with the Digital Team regarding the digitisation of material
  • Supplying engaging content for our social media platforms to market the collections
  • Contributing to Reader Services, including staffing the enquiry desk on a rota basis
  • Keeping up-to-date with professional developments regarding RDA and other cataloguing standards
  • Other duties and projects as may be assigned

 

Person Specification

Essential

  • Graduate or post-graduate degree in library studies or equivalent
  • Fluency in German
  • Cataloguing experience
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral)
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to organise work effectively and prioritise tasks
  • Team player as well as self-motivated

Highly Desirable

  • Excellent knowledge of the Holocaust and Nazi era
  • Experience of reader services in a higher education setting
  • Additional language skills
  • Experience with audio-visual materials
  • Experience with electronic resources
  • Good general IT skills
  • Experience with RDA

You may be asked to carry out other duties as may arise from time to time including evening work. You will be required to act in accordance with the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to take reasonable care for the health and safety of any person who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate their legal right to work on the UK. Please note that The Wiener Library cannot apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship for this post under Tier 2 of the UK Border Agency’s Points Based System.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and a cover letter outlining your relevant experience to the Administrator Suzy Bartlett sbartlett@wienerlibrary.co.uk.

For an informal talk about this position, please contact Kat Hubschmann, Head of Collections, on 020 7636 7247 or khubschmann@wienerlibrary.co.uk

Closing date:  Sunday 6 August 2017

Cataloguer Job Description

 Volunteering Opportunities

The Wiener Library has a strong tradition of working with volunteers. Our volunteers are vitally important to us as an organisation and we could not achieve what we do without them. 

Our roles offer people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds the chance to gain new skills and knowledge. Many of our volunteering roles, including social media assistants, bloggers and event assistants, are designed to be flexible and fit around your studies, training or job, making them ideal for younger volunteers. All of our roles allow volunteers the chance to gain experience in many aspects of Library life.  

If you would like to find out more about what different volunteering roles at the Library involve, and the kinds of skills that you can acquire through volunteering at the Library, please read through the role descriptions below.

We are currently recruiting for the following volunteering roles:

Blogger
Book Reviewer (by application only)
Events Assistant
Photographer
Social Media Assistant
Tour Guide (by application only)
Translators of German to English
Short Work Placements

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Chloe Turner at cturner@wienerlibrary.co.uk to register your interest for any of these roles.

 Blogger

We are currently recruiting a team of Volunteer Bloggers to contribute regularly to The Wiener Library Blog by writing articles about significant anniversaries, Library events, reviews of books/films or current issues relating to the Library.

Blogger Role Description

Book Reviewers

We are currently recruiting a team of Volunteer Book Reviewers. Due to the academic qualifications required for the role we are recruiting by application.

Volunteer Book Reviewer Role Description

Events Assistant

We are looking for reliable and friendly volunteers to help set up and welcome visitors at the Library’s programmed events.

Events Assistant Role Description

Photographer

The Wiener Library is looking for enthusiastic and reliable volunteers to photograph some of the Library’s events and items from our collection as required. 

Photographer Role Description

Social Media Assistant

We are currently recruiting for motivated and committed volunteers to help us put together content for our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, YouTubeInstagram), with a primary focus on Twitter. 

Social Media Assistant Role Description

Tour Guides

We are looking for committed and enthusiastic volunteers to guide members of the public round the Library’s basement archives. 

Volunteer Tour Guide Role Description

Translators

We are particularly looking for volunteers who are fluent in German, but welcome volunteers fluent in other languages represented in our collections as well including Polish, Hungarian, and Hebrew. You will be translating PDFs of the Library’s original collections into English.

What skills and experience will you gain?

  • Developing your written language skills and translation skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Working to a deadline
  • Knowledge of the Library's unique collections

Translation experience desirable but not essential.

If you are interested in becoming a translation volunteer, please read the Volunteer Translator Pack below before completing and returning the Volunteer Form to translation@wienerlibrary.co.uk.

Volunteer Translator Pack

Short Work Placements

The Wiener Library welcomes requests to undertake short-term work placements or work experience projects of up to two weeks. We currently have a waiting list for these short-term placements; for more information and to register your interest, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Chloe Turner at cturner@wienerlibrary.co.uk