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Cataloguer vacancy at the Poetry Library | 13-May-14

£11,000 per annum, 2 days work per week
1 year fixed term contract

Southbank Centre is the UK's largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits at the heart of London's most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection

Southbank Centre is responsible for the UK's most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry. We are looking for a cataloguer to maintain and update the Poetry Library's catalogue. This post will also include helping to test our new cataloguing system and updating our website at The person will also work an average of one day a month on the catalogue for the Hayward Library.

Knowledge of AACR2/Marc 21 and an understanding of RDA is key to this role and a degree or postgraduate qualification in librarianship and information studies is also essential. We are also looking for someone with at least one year?s post-qualification experience. An interest in poetry is also essential. In addition to this you will have excellent indexing skills and good time management skills.

For more information and details of how to apply for this exciting opportunity please visit our recruitment website

In order for us to consider your application, we would like you to address the following questions in your supporting statement:

1. Why do you want to work for the Poetry Library
2. What are your impressions of the Poetry Library online catalogue?
3. Why do you think it?s important for a library like the Poetry Library to stay up-to date with the RDA cataloguing rules?
4. How do you stay focused when working on repetitive tasks?
5. Is speed or accuracy more important when cataloguing?

Closing date: 26 May 2014
Interviews:  19 June 2014

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