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Acquisitions Co-ordinator
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF30023

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 08/09/2019

Job live date: 13/08/2019

Salary: £24,771 - £29,517 per annum

Employment type: AAS-Clerical

Department: Library

Division: Collection Services

Hours per week: 36

Employment Basis/Type: Full-Time, Permanent

The University of Reading Library is looking for a proactive, flexible and well organised Acquisitions Co-ordinator to oversee the everyday work of our core Acquisitions section within the Library’s Collections Services Team (based in the Library, Whiteknights Campus).

The Acquisitions Co-ordinator will have specific responsibility for co-ordinating and overseeing the order and receipt of books, periodicals and other materials to ensure that materials required for teaching and research are available in the Library in a timely manner. You will be responsible for evaluating and developing workflows to manage resource acquisition, including providing training and support for a number of Library Assistants within the team. You will also line manage a number of Collections Services Library Assistants.

This role will work closely with the Reading List Co-ordinator to share priorities and workflows and support one another in the provision of materials for teaching in particular; as well as with the wider Collections Team, the Content Manager, and the Academic Liaison Team.

The Library offers a friendly and dynamic working environment and is an accredited Investor in People, strongly committed to continuing professional development and staff training.

You will have:

  • The ability to prioritise tasks, manage time effectively and work to and meet deadlines
  • The ability to work on a range of tasks concurrently and to move between tasks as required
  • Good IT skills, including good proficiency with using Office 365 applications and the ability to learn more
  • The ability to work effectively within a team, to liaise with teams across the Library and with external suppliers
  • Analytical skills and an evidence-based approach to problem solving
  • An adaptable, flexible approach
  • A Higher Education degree or equivalent

Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:

Content Manager

Contact role:

Collections Services Manager

Contact name:

Rachael Scott

Contact name:

Kate Devaney

Contact phone:

0118 378 8785

Contact phone:

0118 378 8777

Contact email:

Contact email:


The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK should note that this role is not recognised as a graduate level job by UK Visas and Immigration and the Tier 2 sponsorship route is not available for non-graduate level occupations. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.


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