University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Senior Acquisitions and Cataloguing Assistant (Asian and Middle Eastern Technical Services)

United Kingdom

Closing in 10 days

Senior Acquisitions and Cataloguing Assistant (Asian and Middle Eastern Technical Services)

Osney One Building, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0EW. Plus at the Nizami Ganjavi Library, 11 Pusey Lane, Oxford, OX1 2LE or other Libraries holding East Asian collections as required

The Bodleian Libraries are seeking to appoint a Senior Library Assistant to join the Asian and Middle Eastern Technical Services Team, which sits within Collections and Resource Description (C&RD), which in turn sits within Collections Management.

You will be responsible for the acquisitions and cataloguing of approximately 10,000 titles or volumes mainly in various Chinese language groups, per year. You will carry out technical services work (particularly acquisitions and cataloguing) for East Asian material. You will be required to do some other technical work like serials check-in and materials processing as well.

You will be required to work both independently and as part of a team to support the delivery of a high-quality library and information service for those studying and researching in East Asian languages. Good knowledge of spoken and written Chinese is essential and knowledge of other East Asian languages desirable.

This is a permanent, full-time position, working 36.5 hours per week.

This role will involve manual handling.

You will be required to upload your CV and a supporting evidence form as part of your online application. Your supporting evidence form should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description, and explain how you meet each one. CV's submitted on their own will not be considered.

Our staff and students come from all over the world, and we proudly promote a friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged, through diverse groups and champions, as well as a number of family-friendly policies, such as the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example shared parental leave.

Our range of employee benefits and discounts include 38 days leave (including bank holidays), extensive training and development opportunities, access to travel and childcare schemes, free entry to colleges, discounted access to sporting facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts. For more details please see https: //

We aim to provide a supportive working environment and are happy to discuss training and professional development opportunities. The Chair of this recruitment panel will be Angela Arnold, Asian and Middle Eastern Technical Services Manager, who can be contacted with enquiries relating to the role ([email protected]). General queries about the recruitment and application process should be directed to the Recruitment team within our Human Resources department ([email protected]).

Only applications received online by 12.00 midday (BST/GMT) on Friday 8 March 2024 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Monday 15 April 2024.

Contact Person : Recruitment team Vacancy ID : 170769 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 08-Mar-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 4 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £25,138 - £28,759 (per annum)

Job details


Senior Acquisitions and Cataloguing Assistant (Asian and Middle Eastern Technical Services)


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


February 13, 2024

Application deadline

March 08, 2024

Job type



Arts and Culture,Linguistics,Literature,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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