Project Cataloguer (Sion College Library)

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Lambeth Palace Road, London
£26,954 p.a. rising to £28,983 p.a. after probation

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Lambeth Palace Library, founded in 1610, is the historic library and record office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Following the merger with the Church of England Record Centre in 2020 it is now the principal repository for the archives not only of the Archbishop of Canterbury but also of the National Church Institutions in London. Further details may be found on the Library’s website:

We are looking for a new team member to support the vision and mission of the Library by describing, developing, interpreting and promoting the Library's collections for the benefit of readers, particularly the pre-1850 printed collections of Sion College Library (founded 1629).

Using your previous experience of cataloguing printed material and your understanding of cataloguing standards, you will create high-quality catalogue records for early printed books and other printed material, to agreed targets and standards.

Engaging with our readers and researchers, you will promote the use of the collections, answering enquiries and participating in outreach and engagement activities to support the Library’s vision to be accessible to all.

This post is offered on a fixed term contract expected to last for two years.

To arrange an informal conversation about the role, please contact

Interviews will be held during the week beginning 4th October 2021.

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

The Role

  • Cataloguing and classifying new and antiquarian accessions, using the Koha system, DCRM(B), DCRM(G), AACRII, MARC21, LC classification and subject headings; editing existing records.
  • Engaging with our readers and researchers to promote the use of the collections.
  • Working with colleagues to ensure the security and safe use of the collections.
  • Answering enquiries, particularly bibliographical ones.
  • Maintaining awareness of national and international developments in special collections to ensure good practice.
  • Improving role appropriate collections knowledge through regular continuing professional development activities.
  • Participating in, and where necessary delivering, role appropriate outreach and engagement activities (including social media) to support the Library’s vision to be accessible to all.
  • Carrying out any other Library duties as required.

The Requirements



  • Good IT and keyboarding skills, including MS Office.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.


  • Previous experience of cataloguing printed material and an understanding of cataloguing standards used in the Library, including AACRII, MARC21, DCRM(B).
  • Interest in historical bibliography and the history of the book

Personal Attributes:

  • Ability to work on own initiative with minimal supervision.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to deal politely, confidently and efficiently with members of the public.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Ability to organise own work and prioritise duties.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work methodically and accurately showing attention to detail.
  • Ability to work to agreed standards.


  • Good level of education including a degree or equivalent.
  • Professional qualification in Librarianship or equivalent experience.


Given the nature of the collections candidates must be able to:

  • Move books, archive boxes, etc.
  • Work with items in poor condition.
  • Work one late evening a week.


  • A working knowledge of Latin and at least one modern European language

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