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IALS Global Law Library Graduate Trainee Library Assistants (3 Posts)

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies has a central role in legal research provision and facilitation in the UK and houses collections of national and international importance. The IALS Global Law Library serves academic and professional lawyers and postgraduate law students in the UK and internationally.




Salary: £17,437 p.a. inclusive of London Allowance
The appointments are to temporary fixed term posts, for the period 1st September 2014 to 31st August 2015.

An opportunity to work in one of Europe's great legal research libraries, based within the University of London, with a mission to provide national research library and information services in law.

These three one-year posts provide graduates with varied practical experience in a national research library suitable for those intending to apply for a postgraduate course in librarianship and information science. It is not necessary to have a law degree or legal background in order to apply, but knowledge of a European language other than English would be useful. Each person normally spends four months in each of the following three sections: Information Resources, Academic Services and Document Supply Services. There is an extensive in-house training programme of workshops on basic legal information resources (paper, digital and web-based) and a number of afternoon visits to other libraries for comparative purposes. In addition to sectional duties, graduate trainees will spend a minimum of two half-days per week as one of a team of two staff at the library's busy Issue & Enquiry Desk, and other shared duties as required. All three posts are also encouraged to participate in the University of London Senate House Libraries' in-house training programme for Graduate Trainees.

The IALS library plays a leading role in the training of law librarians in the United Kingdom. Participation in the one year graduate trainee scheme at IALS provides a unique opportunity to develop professional skills in handling legal materials from around the world. The work offers a useful balance of frontline duty sessions at busy enquiry points and sectional duties behind-the-scenes in the Library's Academic Services and Information Resources sections. The Library is recruiting, in co-operation with the other libraries in the School of Advanced Study, University of London, for places in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Please note that you must send a separate application directly to each library to which you wish to apply, following the procedures set out in their further particulars. Please note that a completed copy of the University's equal opportunities form should accompany each application.

After the completion of interviews, unless you request otherwise, Librarians may forward copies of applications of candidates whom they have not appointed to other SAS Librarians, with a view to matching candidates with vacancies. This might lead to an invitation to apply for a post at an Institute to which you did not initially apply.

IALS Training Programme

The closing date for applications is Friday 31st January 2014. Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 17th February 2014.

Further details and information on how to apply

The University offers membership of the Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London (SAUL).
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