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Collections Development Librarian

Vacancy Summary
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
£36,100 per annum
Tunbridge Wells Town Centre
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
14/01/2022 at 13:00
Vacancy Description

Are you a creative and innovative thinker who has a proactive attitude towards collections development, with experience of library management systems?

The opening of The Amelia Scott in spring 2022 will create an amazing new facility to house art exhibitions, cultural resources, libraires, tourist information and Council services.  We have exciting new roles that will allow you to be part of this project from launch, providing an opportunity to assist in shaping the formation of the service, The Amelia, into a destination of national repute and a facility that will lead the way in delivering an integrated, visitor first, culture and community destination.  This journey will mean you deliver incredibly valuable and important services which will positively impact the lives of everyone in the community.  

We are looking for a talented individual to join the Collections Team as a Collections Development Librarian.

We take a holistic view of The Amelia’s collections — our collections and community are at the heart of everything we do. We work in a diverse range of collecting activity ranging from managing large scale strategic initiatives, to negotiating the purchase of a single item or the donation of a historically significant collection.

This role will be responsible for acquiring, organising, managing and distributing library resources, and ensuring that library provision meets the needs of all users of The Amelia. 

The successful candidate will play a leading role in developing collections that reflect and include all people living in our borough. This role will help to challenge traditional narratives as part of our wider mission and vision. For more information about the role please see the job description and person specification below.

To know what we are looking for in a Collections Development Librarian take a look at this video.

Additional benefits for this post include 26 days annual leave (increasing to 29 days after 5 years continuous Local Government service), plus an additional day in December.  Membership of the Local Government (CARE – Career Average (Revalued Earnings) Pension Scheme, as well as invaluable training opportunities for continuing professional development.  You can take a look here to find out more about the benefits we offer.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Anna Spender, Collections Manager by email;


Interviews: week commencing 24 January 2022

How to apply

We only accept online applications. If you require access to a computer and/or the internet, you can use our facilities free of charge at the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Gateway. Please call ahead to book an appointment Tel. 01892 526121.


Please follow the link below to submit your application.


Equal Opportunities


Tunbridge Wells – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.




The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employee and volunteers to share this commitment.

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