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Library Graduate Intern: Information Assistant

Information Services
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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
15,712 Per year
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Role Description

The University of York is seeking a recent Graduate (or someone intending to graduate in 2018) for our internship scheme, which provides an opportunity for those who wish to take up a career in librarianship and library management to gain valuable knowledge and experience before commencing a Masters programme in this discipline.

The internship will focus specifically on the role of Information Assistants, who support the functions of Collections Services and Customer Services, and will provide opportunities for you to develop your skills and knowledge through functional responsibility, team and project working and customer service; exposing you to many developmental opportunities, both as an individual and as part of the wider library team. It is intended that during the last three months of your internship, you will be able to select a project or conduct research on a specific topic of your choosing, supported by your Mentor and other library staff.

Candidates should have a degree meeting the criteria required to apply for a Masters degree in Library and Information Services Management; the intention to complete a professional library qualification; knowledge of what it means to work in a busy, pressured Customer Services environment; the ability to work independently and plan your own time, strong written and oral communication skills and excellent IT skills and the potential to learn new systems and operate new and/or unfamiliar hardware.

Candidates should not already have undertaken a Graduate Traineeship, hold a professional library qualification or have had extensive experience of working in a Library environment. This role is suitable for those at an early state of their career, looking to gain experience of working in a Library environment. 

The role is full time, Monday to Friday, and is available on a 15 month fixed term contract from 2 July 2018. The successful candidate will be required to work until 7pm once a week, on a rotational basis. The Information Services Directorate operates a flexi-time scheme which allows for flexible working whilst ensuring operational requirements are fulfilled.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on 4, 5 and 6 June and you will be asked to indicate your availability as part of the application form.

For queries about the role, please contact Jackie Knowles, Head of Customer Services (01904 323872,  or Sarah Thompson, Head of Collections Services (01904 324515,

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community  – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

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