The Law Society of Ireland Library is inviting applications for the role of Executive Librarian.

The library supports the legal research requirements of solicitor members, trainee solicitors and students registered on a range of courses including LL.M., Diploma and Certificate courses in a variety of legal topics. The role reports to the Head of Library and Information Service and is a permanent full-time position.

Essential requirements

  • A recognised graduate/post graduate qualification in Library and Information Studies.

  • Significant post qualification experience at Assistant Librarian level in an appropriate and demanding customer facing library or information service.

  • Substantial experience in conducting legal research and a broad understanding of legal issues.

  • Excellent IT skills, including knowledge of the main legal databases LexisNexis, Westlaw and vLex Justis.

  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.

  • Excellent communication, inter-personal and team working skills.

  • Excellent presentation skills and a keen interest in working with library users in a learning environment.

  • Flexible, collaborative and co-operative attitude.

  • Evidence of commitment to relevant professional development.

  • Some flexibility with availability including evening and weekend work.

Main Duties & Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate will carry out the following duties in line with the Society’s standards and strategic objectives and as directed by the Head of Library and Information Services.

  • Carry out legal research and manage document delivery enquiries received by the library on a rota basis.

  • Supervise the work of the library assistants at the enquiries desk.

  • Responsibility for the acquisition of book materials as directed by Head of Library and Information Services.

  • Co-ordinate and supervise the cataloguing of books purchased by the library.

  • Train new library assistants to catalogue and classify materials, using MARC21 and MOYS Classification Scheme.

  • Liaise with the Diploma Centre and Law School and supply reading lists, as requested.

  • Supply content to the library’s weekly newsletter LawWatch and edit and schedule the newsletter when required.

  • Support the Deputy Librarian in maintaining and developing the library’s in-house enquiry tracking system.

  • Act as Committee Secretary to a committee as assigned by the Director of Representation and Member Services.

  • Any other duties assigned by the Head of Library and Information Services or the Director of Representation and Member Services.

Remuneration & Benefits

  • Salary (DOE)

  • Excellent working conditions

  • Training & development opportunities

  • Pension

How to Apply

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Appointment to this role is subject to the candidate’s eligibility to work in Ireland, without any restrictions.

Closing date

Close of Business: Wednesday, 21 February 2024

We thank you for your interest in the Law Society of Ireland and your interest in this role. Due to the high volume of applications, only successful candidates who are shortlisted will be contacted by the HR department. For more information on our Data Protection policies please send a request to

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