Assistant Librarian

Purpose of the role

The Assistant Librarian has two core responsibilities; learning and development and training and library services. The Assistant Librarian will design and deliver legal research L&D/training programmes for fee earners and non-fee earners, support the management and enhancement of the firm’s knowledge base and assist in the administration of the library.

This is a full-time role, reporting to Library Services Manager.


Learning & Development/Training

  • Responsible for the maintenance of a legal research L&D programme for fee earners, ranging from trainees to partners, and non-fee earners

  • Responsible for the delivery of a significant proportion of legal research training on library catalogue and databases, including individual database training, Books of Authorities training, refresher case-law and legislation training and advanced training

  • Responsible for the preparation of training manuals, user guides, FAQs and video tutorials and the regular audit and amendment of guides

  • Liaises with external trainers to organise training sessions

Library Services

  • Assists fee earners with legal research and queries

  • Assists fee earners with business sector research

  • General library administration duties, including cataloguing of journals and books and weeding out hard copy and electronic material where appropriate

  • Supports development and review of library processes and procedures, including contributions to library pages of intranet

  • Supports development of RSS feeds and alerts for fee earners

  • Reviews, profiles and assists in the uploading of material to KM system on an “as required basis”

Skills, experience and attributes required of the ideal candidate

  • Post-graduate library qualification essential

  • An information professional with a minimum of 2+ years’ experience

  • Previous experience of legal or corporate library is desirable

  • The ability to undertake legal research unsupervised

  • Demonstrated interest in learning and development and training, with strong design and delivery skills

  • Strong demonstrated interest and literacy in I.T.

  • Excellent written and communications skills

  • Ability to work as part of diverse team

  • Ability to persuade and influence senior individuals

  • Ability to work to deadlines, manage multiple projects and deliver under pressure

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, demanding environment

  • Ability to work on own initiative

  • Has an enthusiastic and can-do-attitude. Is motivated to continuous improvement and personal and professional development

Key internal relationships

  • Library Services Manager

  • Head of Learning & Development

  • Partners and Associates and all Colleagues in the Firm

Arthur Cox is an equal opportunities employer.

To make an application please submit your CV to

Arthur Cox

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