What is the Library Graduate Trainee Scheme at Oxford?

The Library Graduate Trainee Scheme is run by the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. Based within the largest academic library system in the UK, our graduate trainee scheme is the largest in the UK.

Our graduate trainees spend a year in one of our Bodleian Libraries or one of our college libraries.

We have 9 vacancies commencing in September 2021 and based in research, faculty and departmental libraries within the Bodleian Libraries.

For details on how to apply, please see the job details notice.

The scheme has a number of objectives:
  • To train and develop future library and information professionals
  • To provide trainees with the necessary experience required to undertake a postgraduate qualification in library/information studies
  • To encourage new staff into the organisation who have a fresh perspective.

Our Oxford University and College libraries are pleased to support the development of future professionals through these posts. Each library provides its trainee with experience in a range of library tasks, including frontline services, book processing, shelving and general administration (exact duties will vary depending on which library you are working in).

The graduate trainee position is not just a training post, but integral to the smooth running of our library services. We are extremely proud of the opportunities we are able to give our graduate trainees and believe they leave Oxford with a solid grounding in library and information work and an excellent foundation for their future careers.

The Oxford programme meets the standards set by the SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries) code of practice. This outlines best practice for trainee programmes in academic libraries and advises that schemes 'give graduates systematically planned and supervised experience of library work, prior to possible attendance at departments of information and library studies.'

The code lists the following aims for trainee programmes:
  • Participants formally undertake to provide the trainees with an overall view of the library system, including its relationship with other libraries, so that they can appreciate how different elements within the library are integrated;
  • To give the trainees work experience at a level commensurate with their abilities, in the day-to-day operation of a major area of activity;
  • To provide structured training either by giving work experience in several departments and/or by participating in a formal training programme.

We believe that you will have a wonderful year's experience at Oxford. With over 100 libraries, twelve million items and around 800 staff, you will have a truly unique experience.

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