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Learning & Teaching Librarian

Unit :  Learner and Discovery Services
Salary :  £33,797 to £40,322
Location :  Milton Keynes
Please quote reference :  18071
Full Time post, Fixed Term from June 2021 until May 2022 (Maternity Cover)
Closing Date :  5 March, 2021 - 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 award-winning OU Library is seeking a qualified librarian who will

  1. Support learning and teaching activities, including the development of students as independent learners, by providing advice and guidance on the access to and use of library content, resources and services to meet the needs of students, learners and University staff.
  2. Work in collaboration across the OU’s Learner and Discovery Services (LDS) portfolio and with faculty colleagues to support the growing digital capabilities agenda and integrate library content systematically into the curriculum using new and innovative approaches as appropriate.
  3. Promote and embody positive attributes and behaviours in a fast-moving context and champion the values of the organisation.

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. Due to social distancing measures this position is initially home-based. Future campus-based working may be required.

Skills and experience

You will have the ability to excite and engage students and academics by designing and delivering digital capabilities and resource-based learning activities to enhance the curriculum.

You will understand the pedagogic use of online resources and technologies in distance learning and have awareness of accessibility issues.

You will have the ability to work with and influence academic and professional services colleagues.

You will have a flexible, proactive approach, and excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills.

The full summary of duties and skills required for the role can be found in the job description. 

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this post before making an application, please email or contact Sally Siveter, Resourcing Assistant on +44 (0) 1908 653650.

What you get in return  

We have a strong commitment to providing training and development in and beyond your current role. This includes thorough induction into the organisation and regular reviews of your training and development needs. 

We also offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term. Benefits include an attractive pension proposition and 33 days holiday per annum pro rata, plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days. 

How to apply 

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the OU Job’s page and following the instructions below and clicking the “APPLY NOW” link below. Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be considered. 

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908 655544, 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. 


Remember to attach your CV and Personal statement as ONE DOCUMENT.  

You will receive updates regarding your application from Please ensure this email address is added to your list of trusted senders. Please also keep an eye on your junk folder to ensure you do not miss any important updates regarding this role. 

You can view your application communications on the Candidate portal. 

Please note: If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the application closing date, please assume that on this occasion you have not been selected for interview, however we thank you for your interest in The Open University and encourage you to apply for future positions.  

Find out more about us and our mission by watching this short video (you will be taken to YouTube by clicking this link). 

Closing date:  5 March 2021 - Noon

Interview date: 23 March 2021

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.  

An application form and job related information are available from the links located below.  Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator please email quoting the reference number 18071.

Job related information : 

PDF icon Learning and Teaching Librarian Job Description - SAS 2020.pdf79.62 KB

Posting Date :  12 February, 2021 - 09:00

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,