Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Head of Library Engagement

Head of Library Engagement

Library Salary: £46,974 to £54,395 Closing Date: Sunday 26 November 2023 Interview Date: Monday 11 December 2023 Reference: 1288-23

This is a full-time (1 FTE) position offered on a permanent basis.

Lancaster University Library is seeking to appoint to the role of Head of Library Engagement.

You will be responsible for leading and managing the Library Teaching and Engagement team, co-ordinating their provision of teaching, library collection development, faculty liaison, and of the Library schools engagement programme. You will lead a broad range of library engagement activities within the University, as well as with partner institutions and other groups.

As a member of the Library Management Team you will contribute to the leadership and development of the Library in support of the Library's vision, The Library Towards 2025, and the University's strategic objectives in relation to teaching, research and engagement.

You should have a librarianship or information science qualification at postgraduate level and/or demonstrable equivalent experience.

We are looking for an experienced individual who is passionate about engaging with all our communities, and takes a collaborative, inclusive and creative approach to service provision. An ability to build relationships and develop partnerships within and beyond the University is essential.

We will provide an inclusive, supportive and safe environment where everyone belongs and can contribute to our distinctiveness. We welcome applications from people in diverse groups, particularly encouraging applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

We are a Disability Confident employer and we work to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made for our colleagues to reduce barriers to inclusion at work.

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. Consideration will be given to job share applications. We also provide a comprehensive set of staff benefits and development opportunities.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange an informal discussion about the role, please contact Phil Cheeseman, Associate Director: Teaching and Engagement [email protected]

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    Head of Library Engagement


    Lancaster University


    United Kingdom


    November 12, 2023

    Application deadline

    November 26, 2023

    Job type



    Computer Science,Business and Economics,Education

    About the employer

    Established in 1964 by the Royal Charter, Lancaster University is amongst the leading research-intensive universities in the UK. It is among the only 6 collegiate universities in the country and has collaborations with NHS, GCHQ, LEP, CEH, EA, Sunway University, and UFLA, Brazil. Initially, the university was based at St. Leonard's Gate. The campus was moved to Bailrigg in South Lancaster in 1968. The university formerly had four colleges namely Cartmel, County, Lonsdale, and Bowland. Grizedale, Fylde, Furness, Pendle, and Graduate colleges were set up after 1990. Currently, it has 9 colleges that offer a total of 18 research programs.

    The Lancaster University campus occupies a beautiful 560-acre parkland site at Bailrigg, just three miles from Lancaster city center. The Bailrigg campus is home to Lancaster Arts, bringing together our own theatre, art gallery, and concert series. The Nuffield Theatre is one of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe. It hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art from some of the best-known and respected companies from the UK and abroad. Each of the 9 colleges has its private residence blocks, administration staff, halls, bars, and Wi-Fi enabled common areas. There are two banks, a bakery, an ice-cream parlor, general stores and supermarkets, a beauty salon, and a post office on the university campus. Lancaster also has Chaplaincy Centre which houses prayer rooms with facilities for different faiths such as Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Islam, and Baha'i. Lancaster University provides university bus services making it convenient for the students and employees to commute. Further, the M6 motorway is only a five minutes' drive from the campus. It takes 10 minutes to drive to the West Coast Main Line that connects the city to London, Scotland, and Manchester.

    The academic structure of the university consists of undergraduate degree programs, postgraduate courses, research, and doctoral level programs. The acclaimed staff of the university guides the students into international level research centered on humanities, business subjects, natural sciences, modern languages, social sciences, and technology. Presently, the university has over 13,000 full-time students enrolled for first and higher degrees. There are 3,027 employees on the university campus including 1,323 faculty members.

    Lancaster University has over 148,000 alumni in more than 180 countries. The university has a notable list of alumni who have gained recognition in their respective disciplines. Emily Fleeshman is a Hollywood actress, famous for her role of Nikki in popular TV show Still Open All Hours. Also, she is the founder of an acting school named ‘The Actors' Lab’ based in Salford. Satnam Rana is a news presenter on BBC. Some other noble laureates of the university are Roger Ashton-Griffiths (actor), Andrew Brooke Miller (Novelist), Catherine Jane Smith (a member of British Labour Party), Lucy Jane Briers (actor), Andy Serkis (actor and director), Bruce Sewell (former counsel of Apple).

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