Information and Library Manager

Irish Hospice Foundation is a national charity that addresses dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. Our vision is an Ireland where people facing end of life or bereavement, and those who care for them, are provided with the care and support that they need.

Through advocacy and education, and the provision of services such as Nurses for Night Care and the Bereavement Support Line, Irish Hospice Foundation works to ensure that every person in Ireland can die and grieve well, whatever their age and wherever the place. 

Reporting to: Head of Education and Bereavement

Liaises with: Advocacy Manager and Research Lead, Healthcare Programme Managers, RCSI Programme Directors, Communications and Marketing, Bereavement Team

Job location: Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau St, Dublin 2

Contract Type: Permanent Part-time (4 days a week)

Job Purpose:

IHF houses the Thérèse Brady Library, Ireland’s only dedicated bereavement, end of life and palliative care library and information service. Through its print and electronic holdings, the library serves the public and professionals, IHF staff and postgraduate students on IHF courses with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The Manager of Library and Information Services provides information and library support to the IHF’s healthcare, education, bereavement, advocacy and research functions and their associated networks (including Irish Childhood Bereavement Network, Adult Local Bereavement Networks, Hospice Friendly Hospitals and Nursing Homes). The role includes active student support to up to 55 postgraduate students per year who are enrolled in two RCSI postgraduate programmes run in association with IHF. The overall management of the Thérèse Brady Library is a core function and the post holder is also responsible for transferring archival material and ensuring IHF archives are stored and managed.


Library management and strategic development

Manage the day-to-day operational and strategic development of the Thérèse Brady Library including:

  • Liaise with key internal and external library users to contribute to the development and implementation of an evolving strategic plan for library and information services
  • Identify, select and acquire resources (print & electronic) to enhance the existing collection and meet the requirements of postgraduate programmes
  • Catalogue library collections (Koha)
  • Classify library collections (Dewey Decimal System)
  • Negotiate and manage licence agreement negotiations for a range of electronic resources
  • Manage an operational budget
  • Manage, and assist in recruitment of, temporary, part-time and volunteer library staff as needed
  • Circulation and stock management
  • Identify potential funding sources for library development, in collaboration with IHF Research and Fundraising teams

Research & evidence support

  • Assist with the delivery of the IHF’s Open Access policy by maintaining the IHF collection on the LENUS Irish Health repository and access to IHF materials IHF website
  • Provide support for IHF research e.g. management of reference management solutions (Zotero)
  • Provide targeted support on specific research, advocacy or development projects (e.g. systematic literature searches, support for information/evidence gathering).
  • Ensure copyright compliance and copyright protection of IHF-developed resources
  • Develop and deliver appropriate current awareness services for IHF staff, external members and students and for the networks operated through IHF projects – including regular digests and publication updates.
  • Help to promote IHF knowledge and research internally and externally, through publicity material, demonstrations and presentations
  • Providing support to IHF staff in presenting evidence/research for paper/ conferences etc.


  • With the support of the RCSI programme directors, develop and deliver information literacy inputs for IHF postgraduate programmes
  • Provide students and staff as required with training & advice on the use of electronic information resources and literature searching
  • Maintain library resource pages on Moodle

Archive management

  • Manage and develop the Irish Hospice Foundation’s digital archive: Prepare and transfer archival material (c. 3 bankers boxes on an annual basis) in variety of formats (print, audio & visual)

Any other tasks as may be assigned by the manager or designated person

Qualifications and Experience

IHF is open to applications from candidates who have experience in most but not all of the following areas. The successful candidate will be supported through their induction to increase their knowledge and ability to deliver on the responsibilities outlined here. Further training and ongoing support will be available.


  • A primary degree together with a recognised postgraduate qualification in Library and Information Studies (or equivalent)
  • At least three years post-qualification experience managing a library or information service in an academic or special library setting
  • Excellent IT skills with knowledge and experience of Library Management Systems
  • Experience managing electronic resources and authentication management
  • Evidence of commitment to relevant professional development


  • Knowledge of OpenAthens Authentication system
  • Knowledge of Omeka, MailChimp and LibGuides content management systems
  • Knowledge and experience of Koha library management system
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivation, initiative and a flexible approach to change and work demands

The above Job Specification is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him / her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

Terms and Conditions

This is a permanent part time contract (4 days a week), reporting to Head of Bereavement and Education. The role will be based at the IHF’s offices on Nassau Street, Dublin 2. A hybrid working structure which combines office and home-based work is currently in place in IHF.

The annual gross salary for this role is €39,000 – €48,000 pro-rata depending on experience.

Other benefits include:

  • A 10% employer’s contribution to a company contributory pension scheme (subject to a 5% employee contribution)
  • Annual leave of 23 days
  • Closure of the office on Good Friday, half day Christmas Eve and time between Christmas and New Year in addition to annual leave entitlement
  • Life Assurance and Death in Service benefit
  • Further Education & Training support
  • Travel (bike-to-work schemes/tax saver commuter tickets)
  • A range of flexible leave policies
  • Hybrid work arrangements

A complete list of all the terms and conditions will be made available to the candidate offered the role through IHF’s Employee Handbook. IHF is an equal opportunities employer.

Application Procedure

Closing date for applications is Monday 24th October 2022

Applicants should submit a CV (max. 2 pages), detailing relevant experience, along with a covering letter outlining the reasons they believe they are suitable for this role.

  • Applicants will be short-listed on the basis of information supplied.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Should the person recommended for appointment decline, or having accepted it, relinquish it, or if an additional vacancy arises, IHF may, at its discretion, select and recommend another person for appointment on the results of this selection process.

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