Graduate Trainee Library Assistant, Institute of Classical Studies (1 post)
London Senate House

Job Reference: 000577

Closing Date: 31/01/2017

Salary: £19,243 per annum

Employment Type: Fixed Term

Department: School of Advanced Study

Division: Institute of Classical Studies (IClS) - non academic

Hours Per Week: Not Specified


The Institute of Classical Studies Library is seeking to appoint a Graduate Library Trainee for the academic year 2017-2018 (August to August). The post is a one-year fixed term training post designed for graduates carrying out a year of work experience and training prior to attending library school.

The Institute of Classical Studies

The Institute of Classical Studies was founded as a post-graduate Institute of the University of London in 1953, and now forms part of the School of Advanced Study; its Library is housed and administered as a single unit with the Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies (established in 1879 and 1910 respectively).  Since 1997, the Library has been located in the University’s Senate House. The Institute library is responsible for the “primary” collection of reference material, including dictionaries, corpora, excavation reports, standard texts of ancient authors, and certain periodicals, together with specialist electronic resources; the library of the Societies for the “secondary” collection of loanable books and periodicals. The Library’s integrated collection now holds over 128,000 monographs and 21,000 bound periodicals, with c.690 current periodical titles, the whole thereby forming an interdisciplinary tool serving all aspects of classical research. For further information, please refer to the Library’s website at:

The Trainee post is now an endowment as the Winnington-Ingram Trainee post, as a result of a fund set up in memory of Professor R.P. Winnington-Ingram, classical scholar and former Director of the Institute.  The Trainee has an opportunity to take a turn at or view most aspects of library work during the year. As one of a full-time staff of six, the Trainee assists at the Library desk with the answering of general, membership and bibliographic enquiries, the running of book loan services and, behind the scenes, with the processing and repair of books and periodicals.  In addition, he or she will receive a training programme for the year which covers other aspects of library work such as cataloguing, book selection, periodicals management, use of electronic resources etc.; and visits to other libraries, both internally and externally, will be arranged at regular intervals.

Priority will be given to applicants who possess, or are about to obtain, a first degree in Classics or a related subject, and who have some knowledge of Latin and/or Greek, plus one European language (in addition to English). Applicants would be expected to show a commitment to a career in librarianship or related field.

Please download the recruitment pack for further details.

Please apply by clicking the button below before the deadline at midnight on Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Interviews are scheduled to take place in February 2017 and applicants are recommended to ensure their availability.

Important information:

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