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Bodleian Business Librarian

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The Bodleian Business Librarian is a key role within the Saïd Business School and the Bodleian Libraries, and is responsible for ensuring the delivery of information resources and library services in the fields of business, management and finance at the highest level.  This includes the provision of extensive online resources, the development of innovative, user-focused services, and the management of library staff, budgets and reading room facilities.


Policy and Planning

  • Propose strategies for the development of the library and information service on a medium and long term basis, undertake structured and widespread consultation, and put the strategies into effect.  The postholder is expected to ensure that the needs of faculty, researchers, students and other stakeholders are fully taken into account in strategic objectives for the library and information service.
  • Ensure that an efficient and effective library and information service is provided to all users of the Sainsbury Library and associated library sites (currently Egrove Park), in person and remotely, and to review, modify and enhance these services as needed.  The School wishes to exemplify leading-edge practice in the delivery of library services, taking full account of user needs, value for money and budgetary considerations.
  • Contribute to the development of policy and planning for the Bodleian Social Sciences Libraries, and take part in Bodleian and Divisional-wide projects and services as appropriate.
  • Participate in a number of committees including the School’s Senior Management Team, the Bodleian Social Sciences Libraries’ Management Group and the Sainsbury Library Committee.

 Staff, Budget and Operational Management

  •  Oversee the recruitment, management and development of the Sainsbury Library staff and those providing collections and instructional materials at Egrove Park.
  • Manage the budgets associated with the Sainsbury Library and forecast medium and long term budget needs. 
  • Liaise with the Dean, and with key staff within the School and the Bodleian Libraries, to support fund-raising initiatives.
  • Provide a welcoming library environment that is conducive to the different learning and research needs of students, researchers, staff and visitors.
  • Comply with a range of administrative policies and procedures concerning personnel, finance, health and safety and estates matters. 

 Information Resources and Services

  • Develop research collections and associated services for business, management and finance.  This includes building close working relationships with academic staff, maintaining up-to-date knowledge of information and data products and negotiating with suppliers.
  • Note: as well as providing expertise and support for finance and business databases to the School, the Sainsbury Library also provides assistance to the University more broadly as part of the Bodleian Data Library service.
  • Oversee the timely and cost-effective delivery of online content for the School’s teaching programmes.  This involves copyright-clearance services, extensive liaison with course administrators and working to tight deadlines.
  • Provide vibrant induction and instructional programmes that meet the needs of research, teaching and learning within the School.

 Professional Issues and the Wider Information Environment

  •  Keep abreast of the legislative, technological and educational trends that impact on the library and information environment, and advise the School on these as necessary.
  • Provide expertise in copyright and licensing matters for the Bodleian Social Sciences Libraries and guide the activities of the ‘Copyright Practitioners Group’ in their delivery of digitisation and copyright-clearance services to the Social Sciences Division.
  • As part of a network of contacts led by the Open Access Subject Librarian, provide support and advocacy for Open Access.  This includes familiarity with funder requirements, publisher policies and open access services.
  • Participate in professional activities and business information networks at national and international levels.

 Other duties

  • Working on some Bank Holidays
  • Participate in a regular Annual Review
  • Undertake any necessary training identified
  • Comply with health and safety regulations
  • Comply with the policies and procedures set out in the Handbook for Academic Related Staff
  • Any other duties that may be required from time to time commensurate with the grade of the job


The Bodleian Libraries reserves the right to make reasonable amendments to the job description in consultation with the post holder at any time.



  •  A good undergraduate degree and a postgraduate qualification in librarianship or information science;
  • Significant experience of business information provision;
  • An informed commitment to the support of university teaching, research and scholarship;
  •  Experience of managing a library including forecasting demand and evaluating services;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including experience of building effective working relationships with faculty and/or business practitioners;
  • Current knowledge of copyright and licensing for the document supply and educational support activities of libraries;
  • Experience of successful decision-making, problem-solving, planning and organising;
  • Experience of successfully managing staff. 


  • Proven negotiating skills;
  • Experience of training and public speaking;
  • Experience of budgetary control and financial management.
Application Procedure: 

Before submitting an application, you may find it helpful to read the ‘Tips on applying for a job at the University of Oxford’ document at:

If you consider that you meet the selection criteria, click on the Apply Now button on the ‘Job Details’ page and follow the on-screen instructions to register as a user. You will then be required to complete a number of screens with your application details, relating to your skills and experience. When prompted, please provide details of two referees and indicate whether we can contact them at this stage.

You will also be required to complete and upload a Supporting Evidence Form which explains how you meet the selection criteria for the post. 

Please upload all documents as PDF files with your name and the document type in the filename. Please note using a long file name may prevent you from uploading your documents.

Supporting Evidence Form

The supporting evidence form should explain your relevant experience which may have been gained in employment, education, or you may have taken time away from these activities in order to raise a family, care for a dependant, or travel for example.  Your application will be judged solely on the basis of how you demonstrate that that you meet the selection criteria outlined above and we are happy to consider evidence of transferable skills or experience which you may have gained outside the context of paid employment or education.

Please note that if you do not upload a completed supporting evidence form, we will be unable to consider your application for this role.

The inclusion of the supporting evidence form is a mandatory step in the online application process. Please note that CVs (on their own) will not be considered as part of the selection process and will not therefore be accepted as a substitute for a supporting evidence form.

All applications must be received by 12:00 midday (British Summer Time) on the closing date stated in the online advertisement.


Please give the details of two people who have agreed to provide a reference for you. If you have previously been employed, your referees should be people who have managed you for a considerable period, and at least one of them should be your formal line manager in your most recent job. Otherwise they may be people who have supervised you in a recent college, school, or voluntary experience. It is helpful if you can tell us briefly how each referee knows you (e.g. ‘line manager’, ‘college tutor’). Your referees should not be related to you. 

Your referees will be asked to comment on your suitability for the post and to provide details of the dates of your employment; your attendance during the last 12 months; and of any disciplinary processes which are still considered ‘live’. We will assume that we may approach them at any stage unless you tell us otherwise. If you wish us to ask for your permission before approaching a particular referee, or to contact them only under certain circumstances (for example, if you are called to interview) you must state this explicitly alongside the details of the relevant referee(s).

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