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Graduate Trainee Librarian

Fixed Term for 1 year, 29 August 2016 to 25 August 2017

The Library wishes to appoint an enthusiastic and hard-working Graduate Trainee for 2016-17. The post offers an ideal opportunity to gain a wide range of experience in a busy academic library before embarking on a career in library and information work. Candidates should have or expect to be awarded a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification.

Purpose of the job: To provide assistance in the College Library with a range of day-to-day operational tasks and to assist with designated library projects. This training post is designed to equip the post-holder with a wide range of practical library experience prior to the attainment of a formal academic Library and Information qualification. The post-holder is expected to play a full part in the library team, promote the library’s services to its users, gain valuable organisational and project management experience, and contribute to improvements in library services.

As this is a training post the post-holder will have the opportunity to attend training sessions both within the University and externally, and take part in visits and other professional activities arranged on behalf of the graduate trainees in Cambridge. Although most of these sessions take place in work hours, the post holder is expected to contribute to their own professional development outside of work hours.

Hours: 36.5 per week, Monday to Friday. Holiday entitlement: 25 days plus 8 Bank Holidays

Salary:   £17,209 (USS 21)


  1. Day-to-day operational procedures including circulation, shelving and tidying, stock-check, weeding, dealing with photocopier/printer queries and security.
  2. Check course reading lists, liaising with other staff as required in order to update new stock.
  3. Assisting with library re-classification and cataloguing using RDA, MARC 21 and AACR2 when appropriate (full training will be given)
  4. Answering reader enquiries.
  5. Processing new stock and carrying out basic repairs
  6. Carrying out induction tours which will introduce students to library services, facilities and resources.
  7. Trainees will be given the opportunity to promote the Library’s collections by curating an exhibition and/or managing a project.
  8. Contribute to the Cambridge Graduate Trainee website, CATALOG.
  9. Undertake any other duties or specific projects as requested by the Librarian.



The following criteria are appropriate to this post:

Education and qualifications:

A good first degree or equivalent qualification.


  • Some experience (paid or voluntary) of library information or archive work.
  • Experience of a range of libraries as a user.


  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team with a collaborative approach to achieving goal.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and confidently with a range of people, including students, Fellows, visiting researchers and members of staff.
  • Excellent written communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to deliver high standards of customer service under pressure.
  • Ability to undertake routine work diligently, accurately and positively.
  • Ability to prioritise a diverse workload.

IT skills

  • Good basic IT skills (MS Word, email, internet).
  • Proficient in searching library catalogues and other relevant electronic resources.

Personal Qualities:

  • Commitment to delivering a first-rate library service.
  • Fitness to undertake physical duties, including shelving and book-moving.
  • Genuine interest in and enthusiasm for a career in library and information work.
  • Pleasant, good-humoured and courteous approach.

Full job description for the post can be found here.

For further background information on the Library visit our website or via the Pembroke College Library facebook page.

Informal enquires about the post may be made to the College Librarian (

To apply: Please complete the application form and Equal opportunities form.  Completed application forms together with a covering letter can be emailed to or alternatively post it to The HR Office, Pembroke College, Trumpington Street, CB2 1RF

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday, 29 February 2016

Interview date: Thursday 31 March 2016

Applicants should note the conditions laid out in The Asylum and Immigration Act when applying for this post.

Director of Music

Pembroke College invites applications for the post of Director of Music to take up appointment on 1 October 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applicants will be committed to the development of a broad range of student music making within the College. Duties will include directing the Chapel Choir, training the organ scholars, and promoting a variety of ensembles to sustain a flourishing musical life within Chapel. In recent years Pembroke has been fortunate to witness the growth of a number of enthusiastic choirs, and encouraging further growth, consolidation and coordination of these choirs may prove one early focus of the Director of Music’s work. The successful candidate will also be expected to build up a vibrant culture of musical activity within the wider College, encouraging participation by members of all backgrounds and previous experience.

The Director of Music will lead the Pembroke College Music Society in promoting an ambitious and diverse programme of musical events. He or she will work alongside the College Musician, Joseph Middleton, to ensure the continued success of the Bliss Series and Pembroke Lieder Scheme. The successful candidate may also have the opportunity to contribute to the academic study of Music subject to the guidance of the Director of Studies in Music, Dr Sam Barrett.

The post holder is expected to work 300 hours per year, the substantial majority of which will fall within term. Salary will be in the range of £8K to 12K per annum, depending on experience.

The post is regarded as developmental, building on a substantial legacy for College Music and coinciding with an exciting period of expansion in the life of the College. The precise set of duties may be shaped by the particular skills and vision of the successful applicant in accordance with the College’s commitment to excellence in diversity.

Applications consisting of a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and details of two referees should be sent to Mrs Karen Lain, Pembroke College, Cambridge, CB1 2RF, to arrive no later than 1 March 2016. Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Sam Barrett, Pembroke College, telephone + 44 (0)1223 338150 or email Interviews will be held on Saturday 12 March.


Pembroke College is an equal opportunities employer and values diversity

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