Metadata Curation Assistant

Job Reference : PSX-13281
Location : Joule Library, Sackville Street Building
Closing Date (DD-MM-YYYY) : 18/02/2019
Salary : £20,836 to £22,659 per annum
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Professional Services
Division : Content, Collections and Discovery
Hours Per week : 35
Contract Duration : Fixed term from as soon as possible until 31 December 2020

The University of Manchester Library is one of only five National Research Libraries and the third largest academic library in the UK. Our vast and rich collections (both print and increasingly digital) help us to deliver a world-class library and information service for the University of Manchester. While our primary objective is to meet the learning, teaching and research needs of University members, we are also fully committed to widening access to our services to individual researchers, local schools and others in the regional community.

The Library is looking to appoint enthusiastic, customer-focussed, and proactive individuals who possess excellent metadata curation skills to join the Metadata Services team within the Content, Collections & Discovery Division.

The primary focus of this role is to support the incorporation of new content into the Library Management Systems, whilst enabling their discovery and accessibility. With an enthusiasm for data integrity you will be expected to contribute towards collaborative solutions for improved metadata and quality customer driven solutions. You will require excellent data curation skills and strong interpersonal skills, and be able to work effectively and collaboratively with the wider division and other Library colleagues to maintain optimum workflows which ensures high throughput of core material.

Metadata Curation Assistants’ responsibilities include the curation and maintenance of metadata in the University of Manchester Library’s physical and digital collections. This includes material where a high volume of work is essential for collections such as research data, theses and ebooks.

The Discovery & Metadata section has a flexible, service – oriented approach to supporting workload, and the post holder will support all aspects of the team’s work, with training provided where necessary. We are therefore looking for someone who meets the essential criteria in the job description as well as an ability and willingness to embrace change.

The University of Manchester Library strives to create a working environment that is supportive and rewarding, providing a platform from which we can achieve our ambitious strategy. This culture and values is embodied in our five ways of working:

1. Empowerment – Empowering and supporting individuals to take more risks

2. Openness – More questioning and working with greater openness and trust

3. Inclusion – Creating an inclusive culture by recognising each other’s differences and strengths

4. Responsibility – Taking collective responsibility to achieve our shared goals

5. Support – Delighting in our success whilst supporting each other through adversity

It’s important that all colleagues share in this vision and are committed to helping create a working environment that is both rewarding and fulfilling. Please consider this before applying for this role.

Hours & Place of Work

Normal working hours are 35 hours per week

These posts are based primarily in The Joule Library, Sackville Street Building However, all Library employees are required to work at any Library site, as necessary.

All Library staff are required to wear a name badge.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Helen Scott


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Further Particulars


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.