HEAnet is Ireland’s National Education & Research Network, providing high quality Internet Services to the 180,000 students and staff in Irish Universities, Institutes of Technology, and the research and education community including primary and post-primary schools. It provides a high-speed national network with direct connectivity for its community to other networks in Ireland, Europe, the USA and the rest of the world.

HEAnet are seeking to appoint an IReL Manager to manage the day to day operations of the IReL office which reports directly to HEAnet and liaises closely with the Irish Universities Association Librarians Group (IUALG) and the IReL Steering Group in implementing policies and procedures. The IReL Manager will undertake the negotiation of licences for access to e-resources on behalf of the consortium; financial management and reporting; maintenance of records relating to licence agreements; coordination and communication of information relating to licence agreements to the consortium members and others as appropriate.
IReL, the Irish Research eLibrary (, is a government-funded initiative overseen by the IUALG. It provides access to ejournals and databases by researchers and the wider communities in the seven universities and, for selected resources, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Institutes of Technology. Licence negotiations are conducted by IReL and a professional negotiating company in the UK. IReL coordinates offers provided direct by publishers or via the negotiators, and disseminates them to the IReL Steering Group (ISG). The ISG is drawn from representatives of the 7 libraries and chaired by a member of the IUALG. A separate IReL Monitoring Group tracks and analyses usage and cost per transaction for each online resource. IReL affords access to 118 online information resource collections, including 30,876 e-journals in addition to databases, e-books and reference collections. Usage totalled almost 15 million searches or downloads in 2012. IReL works closely with its library members, providing the information they need to enable access to the IReL resources. The majority of IReL business is conducted by email, mostly with the member libraries, negotiators and publishers.

HEAnet offers candidates a competitive remuneration package (including pension, company sponsored health care, flexible starting times and generous annual leave); a technologically challenging and cutting edge working environment and an annual performance management and development process.

The successful candidate will undertake the following:
• Financial management and reporting: Manage IReL finances: grant applications, accounts system, invoices, payments, financial reports;
• Oversee the negotiation of licences for e-resources, either via an agent or directly with publishers. Assess publishers’ offers and evaluate licences for e-resources; coordinate the dissemination of information on offers between negotiators, publishers, IReL Steering Group and IUALG;
• Encourage publishers to comply with IReL licensing requirements, preferably through the use of the IReL Model Licence;
• Ensure continuous liaison with publishers/suppliers on current and future agreements including pricing and other licence conditions;
• Make best effort to ensure the provision of value for money through the negotiation of optimum value agreements for the consortium;
• Ensure the timely delivery of, and ongoing access to, negotiated e-resources by the consortium members;
• Oversee the recording and maintenance of information on IReL agreements in its ERMes database, on the IReL web site, and in other formats as appropriate;
• Work with existing, and any additional consortium participants that may be involved in future IReL agreements;
• Contribute to the work of the IReL Monitoring Group and the collection, analysis and reporting of IReL usage statistics on an ongoing basis and for the Group’s annual report;
• Contribute to the development of IReL services, their procedures and processes: monitor current trends in e-resources development, model licences, usage statistics etc; attend relevant courses, seminars, conferences;
• Promote IReL as appropriate through presentations at seminars, conferences;
• Assist with staff recruitment;
• Undertake such other duties as may reasonably be required by the IUALG.

· Previous experience in a library or related environment.
· Experience of working with: e-resources, license negotiation, acquisitions, journals/serials administration and financial management;
· Relevant experience in a similar consortial framework.

Skills & Aptitudes:
· Demonstrated management and administration skills;
· Analytical and numeracy skills;
· Excellent IT skills, including with Microsoft Office applications.
· An organised approach to work and ability to prioritise effectively in a busy environment;
· A flexible attitude to the evolving needs of the post and its environment.

Personal characteristics:
· Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal skills;
· Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
· A high level of motivation and enthusiasm for the job;
· Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member.

· A degree and a recognised postgraduate qualification in Librarianship and Information Science or in a related discipline.

The successful candidate will be based at HEAnet’s office, 5 George’s Dock, IFSC, Dublin 1.
Senior Administration pay band, dependant on experience and qualifications.
Closing Date:
Close of business on Friday 31st January 2014.


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