Data and Taxonomy Librarian

Full Time
£30,985 per annum
Starting at 30 days per annum, pro-rata
Civil Service Pension Scheme
Interviews are expected to be held on 10th June 2019

The Research and Information team delivers research, enquiry and information services for Members of Parliament, their staff and House staff.  

This post is based in the Indexing and Data Management Section (IDMS) of the House of Commons Library. IDMS manages parliamentary business data, adding value and creating context by linking disparate data sets, and adding subject indexing and other metadata. We also manage the UK Parliament controlled vocabulary. We're working with colleagues in the Parliamentary Digital Service and with our users to make parliamentary information easier to find and re-use. 

As Data and Taxonomy Librarian you will join a small team with responsibility for the quality assurance of parliamentary business data. You will also work closely with the Thesaurus Editor on the creation and maintenance of the UK Parliament controlled vocabulary and supporting its users, including deputising for the Thesaurus Editor in their absence. You'll help us to ensure that standards remain high, and that our approach to vocabulary management, subject indexing and the management of parliamentary information meets the needs of our users.  

The Person

  • A good understanding of the principles of subject indexing - including subject analysis, term selection, avoiding bias - and the management of metadata to improve findability. 
  • An understanding of the value and importance of controlled vocabularies in information management. Familiarity with the construction and elements of a vocabulary, and what it can contribute to information retrieval. 
  • An aptitude for coaching and developing staff. A capacity for sharing skills, knowledge and learning with colleagues. 


Annual leave starting at 30 days pro rata

Civil Service Pension scheme

Interest-free season ticket loan

Discounted membership of the in-house gym

All applications must be submitted on a House of Commons application form

More information on the role and the full criteria can be found on the job description

This Vacancy is closed to applications.