Job details


Library and Learner Support

Responsible to

Content & Discovery Manager


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


£28,120 to £30,914 per annum

Closing date

Friday 28 January 2022

Contract type

Fixed term contract until November 2023

Post type




About the role

The University of Derby’s Library Service is committed to supporting research, study and lifelong learning, providing access to high quality resources and excellent services and facilities for all users. The Content and Discovery team make a positive contribution to the engagement of students, academics and researchers to enhance access to, and use of learning resources.  The team deliver services efficiently, with a high level of commitment to excellence in customer service.  

As a Discovery Librarian, you will develop new technologies and improve processes to make a positive impact on our services. You’ll support the University’s teaching, learning and research needs through the development, implementation and delivery of the electronic resources in the Library. 

You’ll also be responsible for resolving issues with Digital Resources, ensuring the accuracy of online holdings, integrating systems, applying usage standard to evidence based decision making tools and conducting usability testing.

You’ll liaise closely with colleagues across the Library and wider University and develop and maintain excellent working relationships with external suppliers, publishers, and content providers. 

We welcome applications from candidates who are looking to progress in a Library environment. For an informal discussion please contact Matt Cox on

Principal accountabilities

  1. Assume primary responsibility for developing the Library’s electronic resources and related processes and functions.  This will include systems, authentication, holdings, collections and services. 
  2. Collaborate with technical experts internally and externally to maximise impact and to benchmark with best practice in the sector.
  3. Assume primary responsibility for developing processes and workflows to improve the accessibility and discoverability of electronic holdings and collections, exploiting the full potential of Library systems to enhance the user experience.
  4. Maintain accurate holdings information for electronic resources, including current subscriptions, back files and packages.  Contribute to the development of the Library Management System.
  5. Develop and maintain Digital resources enquiry support for all users.
  6. Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with consortia, external suppliers, publishers and content providers.
  7. Monitor supplier performance in conjunction with the Content & Discovery Team.
  8. Support the Content Manager and Copyright & Licensing Advisor in negotiation, storage and maintenance of Library Digital resources licenses.
  9. Co-ordinate projects to enhance the discovery and effectiveness of digital resources.
  10. Represent the Library in areas concerning Digital resources development and management internally and externally across the Library and Information sector.
  11. Provide oversight and apply evidence-based decision making processes for Library digital resources and collections.
  12. Provide appropriate management information, including data for monthly reports.
  13. Maintain awareness of current professional developments by attendance, where appropriate, at events and activities.
  14. Work closely and communicate with internal colleagues (such as IT Services) and external suppliers, providers and agencies to plan, implement, deliver and monitor key projects and new technologies.
  15. Ensure compliance with legislation, e.g. Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, SENDA, DDA, Data Protection, GDPR, accessibility standards etc.

Person specification



Skills, knowledge & abilities

Business Requirements

Desirable Criteria



Skills, knowledge and abilities


As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

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How to apply

You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

If you require any assistance, including the provision of any documentation in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment team at

Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

Important information


Our number one priority is to keep our staff, students and community safe as we continue to work through the pandemic. Upon appointment, full training will be given on the Health and Safety processes we follow.

Find out how we are ensuring the safety of our staff, students and community

Further details

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Why join Derby?

Challenging, interesting and constantly changing, the University of Derby is an extraordinary place to learn and an incredibly rewarding place to work.

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