Title: Assistant Librarian (Education, Research & Clinical Support)

Department: Library Services

Tenure: Temporary Part Time – 17.5 hours a week (pattern to be agreed with successful candidate), 4 months contract with possibility of extension

Location: RCSI Library, No.26 York Street, with frequent visits to RCSI Library, Beaumont Hospital as required by demand

Reporting to: Associate Librarian Education, Research & Clinical Support or nominee

About RCSI

RCSI has been at the forefront of educating healthcare professionals since 1784 when we were founded as the national training and professional body for surgery. Today we are Ireland’s only focused health sciences institution, Ireland’s largest medical school and one of the leading health sciences institutions in the world.

Based in Dublin, with students from over 80 countries and four overseas campuses, RCSI has a global reach through our network of Alumni in 97 countries. RCSI is ranked in the top 250 institutions worldwide and joint 1st place in the Republic of Ireland in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (2016-2017).


Collaborating with other members of the Education, Research and Clinical Support team in the Library to coordinate and deliver professional librarian services and support in these areas.

About the post:

Specifically, the duties of the post are

  1. Service Delivery & Development:
  • Providing and developing services to support the learning and teaching activities of RCSI departments & schools including:
      • Collaborating with other assistant librarians to deliver an integrated information literacy programme
      • Creating appropriate learning and instructional materials and activities including online instructional materials & activities
  • Designing and delivering training and update skills sessions to academic staff in the manner and spaces that are most appropriate
  • Helping to deliver a consultation service to students and staff, including comprehensive reference, literature and systematic review searching assistance in health sciences disciplines.
  • Supporting and training researchers on the use of bibliographic metrics and bibliometric tools to evaluate impact, running bibliometric reports as necessary
  • Providing information skills training for hospital library users, and participating in the main RCSI Library information skills training and Beaumont Hospital Staff Learning and Development programmes.
  • Providing information and outreach services in a clinical setting including but not limited to: library resources and services, literature searching, document delivery services.
  • Developing supporting documents for information skills training, library staff training, and content for the library website.
  • Identifying gaps or deficiencies in library services and making proposals where appropriate to improve library services.
  • Maintaining and developing knowledge of pedagogical practices relevant to health sciences education
  • Maintaining knowledge and experience of emerging technologies & practices used to support the provision of innovative, high quality library services for research, learning, teaching and clinical activities including use of VLE, CMS, social media etc
  • Providing usage statistics and management information as required
  1. Relationship Management
  • Contributing to maintaining the Library’s strong working relationships with other RCSI departments and schools
  • Building and maintaining strong collegial and operational working relationships within the library department at all levels
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with peers in similar institutions and roles
  1. Advocacy
  • Coordinating with Library colleagues to promote the full range of library services available
  • Represent the Library at meetings with College staff from time to time as appropriate
  1. Commitment to Continuing Professional Development
  • Pursuing continual updating of skills and knowledge relevant to practicing health sciences librarians & liaison services
  • Identifying and sharing best practice with library colleagues
  • Demonstrating the RCSI competencies
  • Making a positive contribution to all aspects of the library service
  1. Analysis, Reporting & Documenting
  • Evaluating programmes and services
  • Providing usage statistics and management information as required
  1. Other Responsibilities
  • Other duties as may be assigned

Knowledge & Experience


  • Significant experience of developing and delivering information literacy & instructional-based training as applied to health sciences
  • Experience of working in health sciences libraries or health information services
  • Significant familiarity with best practice in health science libraries in general and specifically in relation to:
    • Curriculum and instructional support
    • Systematic review level literature searching
    • Instructional technology
  • Expert knowledge of health sciences information resources (digital and print)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Good organisational, analytical, problem solving and time-management skills
  • Excellent customer service focus & commitment
  • Highly collaborative team player
  • Outgoing & Energetic
  • Self-directed, enthusiastic and motivated
  • Adaptable
  • Able to work flexibly in response to service needs
  • Committed to equality and diversity


  • Membership of relevant professional association (s)
  • Teaching or other relevant qualification
  • Experience in working in an academic health education setting
  • Project management
  • Trends in pedagogical methods in health sciences education and higher education
  • Emerging trends and current issues in academic libraries and higher education sector in Ireland
  • Research support including bibliometrics, institutional repositories & open access
  • Very strong IT skills
  • Willing to travel between sites


  • Post-graduate qualification in library or information science or equivalent
  • Evidence of commitment to CPD

Note: this Job Description may be subject to change to reflect the evolving requirements of the Department and RCSI in developing healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide.

RCSI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or race.

Similar vacancies that arise in the next 6 months may be filled from the pool of applicants that apply for this position.




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