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EContent Advisor/ Librarian

Unit :  Learner and Discovery Services
Salary :  £33,797 to £40,322
Location :  Milton Keynes
Please quote reference :  VRF 17594
Permanent Full-Time
Closing Date :  8 October, 2020 - 12:00

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The role

The Open University’s (OU) Library Service is innovative, customer-focussed, professional and creative. We connect the OU Community with world class information, technology and award-winning expertise to facilitate knowledge creation through learning, teaching, scholarship and research. 

We are seeking a new colleague to join the Library’s Content Licensing and Intellectual Property (CLIP) team to provide professional advice, guidance and support on Library content and academic publishing to colleagues across the university.

You will also build relationships with suppliers and acquire Library content including databases, online journals, ebooks, image, sound, film and print.  You will ensure that Library collections are organised and maintained to facilitate discovery and use by OU students and staff.  You will be committed to developing your knowledge of academic publishing, seeking out developments in the information supply chain and have an understanding of changes in higher education and distance learning.

Skills and experience

Educated to degree level, or equivalent (or relevant work experience), you will be confident with data analysis and presentation. You will be a strong communicator and approachable manager experienced in planning, organisation and team working, and will be able to work collaboratively with colleagues within the Library and across the OU.

What you get in return

Benefits include a supportive and friendly working environment, 33 days holiday per annum pro rata plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days and an attractive pension proposition.

On top of a competitive salary and pension scheme, we offer many staff benefits including generous leave allowance, flexible working, fee waiver for all OU courses and qualifications, childcare vouchers, cycle-to-work scheme and secure bike parking, free on-site car parking, on-site nurseries, and many different sports and leisure clubs offering discounts and other benefits.

Typically, the position is based at the OU’s Milton Keynes campus, in easy reach of Milton Keynes Central railway station (32 minutes from London Euston) and the M1 and A5. As a temporary measure, we are requiring people to work from home, until such times as government restrictions and advice change and allow them to work from the stated location of the role.

How to apply

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online following the instructions below and clicking the “Apply Now” link below.

​Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908655544, quoting the vacancy reference above.

To apply for this role please submit the following;

  • CV
  • Personal statement, up to 1,000 words, you should set out in your statement why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.

To ensure your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for: reference, surname, first initial.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.

Apply Now

Closing date: 8 October 2020 at 12 noon

Interview date: 2 November 2020

All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview.

The University is unable to offer visa sponsorship for this role as per the requirements laid out by UK Visas and Immigration regarding Right to Work in the UK.

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We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength. Applications from candidates with protected characteristics are welcomed.

Where you start in life doesn’t dictate where you go.

Job related information : 

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Posting Date :  10 September, 2020 - 15:30

Contact us

If you have any queries or questions about the recruitment process, or regarding your application, please contact:

If you have any feedback regarding the recruitment process, please contact the Senior Resourcing Account Manager who will look into the matter.

Senior Resourcing Account Manager,
Resourcing Hub,
The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes,