Library Assistant – Specified Purpose Contract

Role Objective:

To understand and meet the information service needs of the Members of The Bar of Ireland; to develop and manage the collection, to deliver library floor duties, to improve availability and accessibility of information for Members and in general contribute to the implementation of the Library & Information Services Strategic Plan.


Competence Area:


Related Tasks Description – List is not exhaustive

Technical Competencies Member Services Delivery

Undertake reference desk and basic circulation duties on a day to day basis, issue/return of material and assistance with general enquiries.

Assist Members to locate relevant resource through effective use of library catalogue and content management structures and systems.

Delivery of ‘on the floor’ member services support and query management and completion of member photocopying and printing requests.

Collections & Systems

Preparation of hard copy materials in accordance with cataloguing standards to make stock ‘shelf ready’.

Coordination and re-shelving of resource materials in all locations, including book bins and trolley runs. Assist with stock weeding and archiving under supervision.

Assist with collection maintenance tasks such as cataloguing and loose leafing activities. Support implementation of serials collection policy such as binding preparation.

Ability to use Library Management System effectively for duties associated with role.

Library Operations Support

Support operational tasks required for the smooth running of the library services, including DX requests, photocopying, printer & card reader trouble shooting, attic runs and clearing of floor space.

Research [Ability to conduct with or without support subject to role level]

Ability to search legislation on commercial databases and free internet legislation databases, cite legislation correctly and to distinguish between primary and secondary legislation and bills.

Ability to search the main case law databases, follow workflow when searching cases and know the important differences which may impact a search such as the difference between a law report and a judgment.

Ability to search the journals and textbooks, retaining a current knowledge of The Bar of Ireland’s catalogue, familiarity with journal files and main sources of document supply for journal articles.

Aware of precedents and court forms and how they are used, with knowledge of main printed and online sources of precedents and court forms.


Completion of ad hoc administration tasks such as data entry, ordering, receiving, reselling and file maintenance.

Organisational Competencies Customer Focus

Dedicated to our “Member first” ethos, proactively seek feedback from members, as appropriate and take positive steps to enable our organization to serve our Members more effectively.


Show open and engaged communications with the ability to listen and respond with respect and clarity. Skilled at conveying information to members and colleagues.


Demonstrate a cooperative spirit and work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve team goals and objectives. Develop and maintain effective working relationships across teams; encouraging and offering cooperation.


Personal Specification:

  • Attained a pass in at least five subjects (including Mathematics and Irish or English) in the Leaving Certificate or an examination of equivalent standard,
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal,
  • Proficient IT skills,
  • Motivated and committed to delivering a job well done,
  • High degree of attention to detail,
  • Flexible attitude and willingness to adapt to a changing working environment,
  • Positive attitude to working as part of a team,
  • Interest in library work.


Contract Type:

This is a specified purpose, 30 hour per week contract.

Application Process:

Candidates should submit a cover letter and full CV by e-mail to by 5pm on 19th October 2018.


The Council of The Bar of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer

The Council of The Bar of Ireland

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