Graduate Trainee (Collection Development) - RCN00714

Library and Archives | RCN UK HQ | £20,658 (including inner London weighting of £4,110)

Contract type: Fixed Term Contract

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Graduate Trainee (Collection Development), Library and Archive Services
RCN UK HQ Office (London), 35 Hours per week, 12 month Fixed Term Contract or Secondment. Start Date September 2018

Please note we are also recruiting for two Graduate Trainee (Customer Services) positions. Applicants will be considered for both posts, so please specify on your Supporting Statement if you do not want us to consider you for both roles.

As our Graduate Trainee (Collection Development) in the Library and Archive Service you'll use your enthusiasm, your positivity and your customer service skills to deliver an exceptional service to our members.

In this varied role every day will be filled with possibilities. You will get involved in anything from working with rare books to developing your knowledge of how a library works behind the scenes to enhance and grow its collection. We'll look to you to assist in accessioning incoming materials, cataloguing them and preserving key resources through binding, digitisation and monitoring environmental storage conditions. It's a great way to build your skills and experience and develop your potential.

A key part of what you do will be to suggest innovative approaches to promoting our collections using social media. You'll also assist in installing (and de-installing) exhibitions in the library space.

As our Graduate Trainee (Collection Development), you'll influence how our service runs while undertaking a training programme and learning how library and archive services operate.

What we offer you

We expect you to look after your customers. And we expect you to be rewarded for it. As well as a whole range of learning and development opportunities we can also offer you an impressive range of benefits. We have a highly competitive pay structure and annual leave of 28 days.

Balancing work and life commitments is important to us as an organisation. We are a diverse organisation and understand everyone has different needs. All employees can ask for flexible working and when personal circumstances change we will work with you to find a smarter working solution that suits everyone.

To join us you'll need customer service skills and, ideally, a background in a relevant area such as libraries or heritage services

Whatever your background, you'll be efficient, accurate and show a real customer focus in all you do.

To succeed at the Royal College of Nursing all you need to do is think bigger, better and brighter. And with an attitude like that, anything's possible.

For more information or for an informal discussion please contact Nate Evuarherhe, Collection Development Information Specialist on 020 7647 3732

For more information on the Recruitment & Selection process, including adjustments, please contact

Closing Date: 3rd June 2018

Assessment Centre & Interview Date: 14th June 2018

Interview date: 2018-06-14

Contracted hours: 35

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