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Media and Information Services Specialist for Libraries (FaMI)

As a media and information services specialist at the University Library, you can expect to become acquainted with a wide range of tasks. You will advise users, help them with their search inquiries, or assist them in the use of electronic media. You will order new media of all kinds, record them in the library system, and process invoices. You will also gain an insight into all areas of work at the University Library, including the areas of public relations, IT, and research data management, among others.

    • Facts and figures about the training

      Duration of the vocational training: Three years (may be reduced to two years where applicable)

      Start of training: On 1 September of each year

      Vocational training pay: Payment according to TVA-L BBiG

      Training structure:

      • On-the-job training in the areas and departments of the Mannheim University Library;
      • Berufsschule Calw (vocational school, block instruction in sections of two to five weeks each);
      • Internships at other libraries and media and information services institutions such as bookstores, press offices, archives, documentation centers, and others.
    • Required skills and qualifications

      • You love interacting with people and dealing with books and electronic media and enjoy structuring and organizing
      • At least an intermediate school leaving certificate by the start of the vocational training
      • Good knowledge of German and English
      • Sound educational background
      • Pleasure in dealing with people and good communication skills
      • Diligence and ability to concentrate
      • Reliable computer skills and interest in information technology
    • This is what we offer

      • Payment according to TVA-L BBiG
      • Personal advice and supervision during the entire training
      • A job in the prestigious Baroque palace on the university campus in the inner city
      • Central location, direct connection to public transport, only a few steps to the Mannheim main station
      • “Job-Ticket BW” for regional public transport
      • Affordable lunch break options on campus and in the city
      • Option to participate in university sports
      • And many more benefits
    • Information on the workplace

      With around 12,000 students, the University of Mannheim is one of the leading higher education institutions in Germany. The programs in Economics and Business Administration as well as in Social Sciences, in particular, always rank high in national and international rankings. The University of Mannheim offers its more than 2,600 employees an exciting working environment featuring numerous benefits.

      The University Library is the University of Mannheim's central information infrastructure facility and is responsible for providing the university with information.

    I particularly like my training at the University Library because we are a great team. The colleagues are very friendly and take the time to impart the contents of the training in a detailed and informative way. If you enjoy organizing and dealing with people and media, this is the right place for you.

    Katharina Katschenko, FaMI trainee

    A perfect match?

    Do not hesitate to apply! We regularly offer vocational training positions. The next call for applications for this vocational training program will start in fall 2024.

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    Contact person

    Angela Leichtweiß

    Angela Leichtweiß

    Deputy Head of the Library Services Department | Head of Education and Training
    University of Mannheim
    University Library
    Schloss Schneckenhof West – Room SN 273
    68161 Mannheim