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Job reference: 002577
Salary: Starting from £25,494 per annum
Closing date: 31/01/2024
Department: School of Advanced Study
Location: Warburg Institute
Employment type: Fixed Term - 12 Months
Sub-Department: The Warburg Institute (WI)
Hours Per Week: 35 hours per week

Job Description

The University of 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. 

We are a national leader in the humanities, and we promote their value to society and the economy through knowledge creation and exchange.

We are also a federation of 17 world class higher education institutions, with collaboration at the heart of our ethos. The University of London federation is a collective community of more than 240,000 learners and 50,000 staff, delivering world-leading research across all disciplines. 

Our passion for increasing access to education and mobilising the collective power and expertise of the federation is central to our ability to transform lives around the world and address the global challenges of the future. 

About the Warburg Institute

The Warburg Institute is the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture. Research at the Institute is cross-disciplinary and global: it is concerned with the survival and transmission of cultural forms across national borders and from the earliest times to the present. It has historic strengths in the reception of the classical tradition in the Renaissance, and has been home to some of the most innovative and influential scholars in the fields it covers. Its library holds some 360,000 volumes, stored on open shelves and structured according to Aby Warburg’s own unique scheme: it is the world’s largest collection of its kind and includes a large proportion of continental books and journals unavailable elsewhere in the UK.

Since 1944, the Warburg Institute has been part of the University of London, one of the oldest and largest universities in the UK—and its most diverse. The Institute is a founding member of the University’s School of Advanced Study, a cluster of internationally renowned institutes that form the UK's national centre for the promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities.

The Role

The Warburg Institute Library is appointing two Graduate Library Trainees for the year 2023-2024. The post is designed for graduates carrying out a year of work experience and training prior to attending library school.

The trainee is based in the Reading Room but works with all Assistant Librarians. This enables the position holder to gain specific sectional experience and skills as well as developing an overall understanding of the links between the different sections and how the library fits together as a whole. The trainee is entirely integrated into the smooth running of the Library.

The Library Trainee will be responsible to the Librarian and will work under the direction of the Assistant Librarian in charge of the Reading Room.

A staff development programme is available for the trainee, along with other Graduate Library Trainees in the School of Advanced Study, and monitoring and feedback from that programme takes place.

For a full role profile, please refer to the job description below.

Further information

To apply for this role, please submit your CV and covering letter (amalgamated in one document) by clicking ‘apply now’ at the bottom of this page before the closing date at midnight on 31 January 2024.

Interviews will be held the week commencing 26th February 2024.

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. We particularly encourage applications from members of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities as this group is currently under-represented at all levels within the University. All appointments will be made on merit, based on the criteria identified in the job description.

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