Assistant Librarian

Information & Access Services

Role Objective:

To enhance the standard of service to members through the effective management and development of the team, the assessment of the current and future needs of members and the effective implementation of the Library Services Strategic Plan in collaboration with other members of the Senior Librarian team.


Competence Area:


Related Tasks Description – List is not exhaustive

Technical Competencies Member Services Delivery

Has comprehensive knowledge of the stakeholders of the service, including a detailed understanding of their information needs and information seeking behaviour. Identify areas of possible improvement and ways of adding value to current services. Devise procedures for minimising any disruption to service and resolving any difficulties that may arise.

Systematically engages with stakeholders of the service (e.g. surveys, regular review meetings) to monitor and review services against user needs and expectations. Advocates user interests at the organisational level. Able to work effectively with all stakeholders

Library Operations Support

Manage effective delivery of service operations to members, ensuring effective workforce management at all times.

Contribute to the identification of key performance indicators to benchmark services against established best practice. Compile and analyse key statistics to allow informed decision making. Monitors and reviews performance against KPIs.

Take responsibility for the supervision of the staff within position remit.


Has in-depth knowledge of all legislative resources for Irish and British jurisdictions. Has in-depth knowledge of the legislative process, statutory interpretation and the courts structure. Ability to train colleagues and library users on researching legislation. Has in-depth knowledge of EU legislation and has a knowledge and understanding of the different legislative procedures. Ability to research the law of other jurisdictions. Ability to find and trace US legislation. Able to train other colleagues on US legislation and other relevant jurisdictions.

Ability to advise on very detailed research through an in-depth knowledge of case law sources for Irish and British jurisdictions. Has detailed knowledge of EU sources, EU institutions and processes. Ability to provide detailed training on EU case law for library colleagues and library users. Ability to research the law of other relevant jurisdictions, including finding US case law. Has a knowledge of international law, conflict of laws and human rights law. Has the ability to present training courses on these topics.

Ability to advise on very detailed research over a wide range of practice areas through in-depth knowledge of textbook and journal sources, including historical sources.

Ability to find suitable precedents from a wide range of published sources. Able to train users on how to find precedents and court forms.

Ability to make recommendations on collection development policy.

Financial Management

Have knowledge of the organisation’s financial priorities and strategy.

Contribute to the department’s budget process and contribute to the department’s forward planning process for future budget years

Make recommendations and contribute to the development of a business cases for new services and staff

Contribute to contract negotiations with vendors

Technical Competencies Financial Management (continued)

Able to demonstrate value for money of products and services.

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.

Leadership Competencies Strategic Focus

Advocate and support the delivery of the strategic plan, ensuring team members understand their role therein.

Continuous Improvement Champion

Staying informed of industry trends and changing technology. Making suggestions on ways to solve problems, improve workflow without being asked.

People Development

Set and maintain high performance standards for self and team members, ensuring to give positive and constructive feedback regularly.


Personal Specification:

  • Third level library & information science qualification, preferably at post-graduate level.
  • In-depth knowledge of legal information resources.
  • Enthusiastic approach to developing innovative methods of information delivery.
  • Excellent ICT skills in a library setting
  • Motivated by and committed to the continuous improvement of library services.
  • Strong organisational and administrative capacity, with experience of budget management.
  • Capable of managing, motivating and developing people.
  • Analytical with a desire to develop and compile appropriate management information based on activity data.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.  



Contract Type:

This is a full time permanent 37.5 hour per week contract.


Application Process:

Candidates should submit a cover letter and full CV by e-mail to by 5pm on 11th January 2019.


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

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