Reference No:                                                09.037 (2021)
Department / Directorate:                             Human Resources Directorate
Reports to:                                                     Head of Library and Information ServicesTallaght University Hospital (TUH) is an exciting and dynamic place to work. The team at the Hospital are in the midst of implementing a new hospital strategy that has already delivered on the opening of a new renal unit, day surgery centre, step down facility in the community and the start of building works on a new ICU extension. It is an exciting time to join the TUH team and one of Ireland’s main teaching hospitals with so many plans to enhance patient care. The Hospital believes in investing in their team and offers excellent education and research opportunities.TUH is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, adult, psychiatric and age-related healthcare on one site. The Hospital has 450 adult beds with over 3,500 people on staff and more than 50 different nationalities represented. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialties. It is also a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country, a regional orthopaedic trauma centre and a designated trauma unit.TUH is one of the two main academic teaching hospitals of Trinity College Dublin – specialising in the training and professional development of staff in areas such as medicine nursing, health and social care professionals, emergency medicine and surgery, amongst many others. TUH is part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties.TUH Vision and Values
The vision of the Hospital is “People Caring for People to Live Better Lives” through excellent health outcomes supported by evidenced based practice, positive patient and staff experience in an empowering and caring environment. A culture of innovation and quality improvement in everything we do.
Our TUH CARE values – for patients, their families, our community and staff are:

  • Collaborate – together and with our academic and care partners
  • Achieve – our goals, positive outcomes and wellbeing
  • Respect – for patients, each other and our environment
  • Equity – for patients and staff

At TUH we view our staff as our most valuable asset and every member of the Team is valued equally.  We recognise that a skilled, satisfied and motivated workforce is a prerequisite to high quality care.

A full overview of TUH is available on us

Purpose of the role:
The Library provides timely access to world-class information resources to support direct patient care; evidence-based practice; research, learning and teaching; and management decision-making.  The Library is a multidisciplinary health sciences library open to all staff of Tallaght University Hospital and the staff of the Psychiatric Unit and Children’s Health Ireland who are located on site, as well as Trinity College staff and students based in the Hospital.   The duties and responsibilities of the Medical Librarian will be multiple and varied in keeping with the broad remit of the Library,

Overview of role:
Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify, select and acquire information resources – electronic and print
  • Catalogue and classify books, reports, journals et cetera using RDA, DDC23 and MeSH on the Heritage/Cirqa Library Management System
  • Manage invoicing and purchasing of e-resources and print books on the SAP purchasing system
  • Liaise with hospital departments, TCD academic departments and suppliers as appropriate
  • Negotiate with subscription agents
  • Troubleshoot technical problems with Library systems
  • Staff the issue desk on a rotation schedule
  • Assist library users with queries in a range of areas
  • Assist with health science database searching
  • Fulfill Inter-Library loan requests
  •     Provide monthly usage statistics for departmental reports
  •      Manage e-resources, acquisitions and Library Management Systems
  •     Other duties that may be assigned from time to time by the Head of Service

Qualifications & Experience required
Must have:
Hold a professional/academic qualification in Library and Information Studies i.e. an Honours Primary Degree and a Masters or other Postgraduate Qualification in Library and Information Studies or an equivalent qualification in Librarianship, as recognised by the Library Association of Ireland
Minimun of 2 years experience, post qualification, in a health sciences library, academic library, professional workplace library, or similar


Essential criteria:

  • Knowledge of cataloguing and classification standards: RDA, MARC and DDC23
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills with demonstrable aptitude and perseverance in resolving complex technical issues
  • Experience of working with Library Management Systems
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically
  • Ability to work well, both independently and in a collegial team environment
  • Flexibility and a willingness to quickly learn and adapt to the changing demands of a dynamic medical library environment.
  • Ability to prioritise and deal effectively with a number of tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to meet targets and deadlines and perform work with accuracy under pressure
  • Highly articulate with an excellent ability to communicate in both written and spoken English
  • Excellent IT skills, including good working knowledge of MS Office Suite.
  • An innovative approach to continuous improvement of library service

Desirable criteria:

  • Knowledge of health sciences information resources
  • Understanding of copyright, licensing agreements and data protection (GDPR)
  • Expert skills in searching health sciences or similar bibliographic databases
  • Experience of managing e-resources, acquisitions and Library Management Systems
  • Experience of managing people

Reward & Recognition

  • Remuneration is in accordance with the Department of Health Consolidated Salary Scales, grade code 0574.
  • The appointment is fulltime, permanent and pensionable.
  • The annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year. The leave year runs from 1st April to the 31st of March each year.
  • Normal working hours are 37 worked over 5 days. Your contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 8 am to 8 pm over 7 days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement.

Application process
Applications can be submitted ‘on-line’ at by completing the application form and attaching your CV.  Candidates should be aware that, when applying for a post through the ‘On-Line’ Application System (Candidate Manager) they will receive an automated replying acknowledging receipt of their application.  Should you for any reason, not receive this automated acknowledgement, you should notify the Human Resources Department, before the closing date, otherwise your application will not be considered.
All candidates should note that, in order to maintain a timely process, the closing date and time for receipt of applications will be strictly adhered to.

Informal Enquiries to: Jean McMahon
Head of Library and Information Services
Telephone (01) 4144852
Closing Date: Before close of business on 20th October 2021

TUH Core Competencies:

Core Area Competency Level
Managing the service Quality & Safety of Service 3
Managing the service Delivery of Results 3
Managing Change Problem Solving & Decision Making 3
Managing Change Communications & Influencing 3
Managing Yourself Team player 3
Managing Yourself Planning and Organising 3
Managing People People Management 3
Managing People Leadership 3

Please go to www.tuh/careers for details of the core competencies

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