Permanent whole-time contract – 37 hours per week

Competition open to all eligible members of the public

Reporting to: The Librarian

Purpose of the Role:

The Scholarly Communications Librarian will provide high-level expertise to the Institute on the changing modes of scholarly publishing and communication, and the use of bibliometrics, in order to help ensure wider visibility and impact of AIT’s scholarship and knowledge resources.

The Person:

The successful candidate will demonstrate an enthusiasm for the changing information landscape and the ongoing development of library services including the implementation of new processes and services. This is a developing area and offers great scope for an individual to provide leadership in this fast-changing arena. There will be opportunities for skills development specific to this post and also in related areas to support the overall work of the Library.

Key Duties:

The appointee will carry out such duties as are assigned including but not limited to the following: –

  • Manage and develop a range of services to address the need for high-level bibliometrics support for research assessment and other purposes, e.g., quality review processes, accreditation processes, grant applications, job applications, promotions, collection development, etc.;

  • Manage and develop an active programme of education, training, advocacy, support and information-sharing in scholarly publishing and communication, and publication strategies

  • Advise the Institute community on the best choices for scholarly publications, conveying an understanding of concepts such as impact factors, etc.

  • Convey to the Institute community an understanding of the OA publishing landscape, the regulations of funders and local supports for compliance

  • Promote an understanding of and provide training in bibliometrics and related services

  • Advocate for the appropriate use of metrics and advise on the importance of using metrics responsibly.

  • Provide advice on how individual researchers can raise their own profile and visibility.

  • Advise researchers on how to develop their research impact strategy, including planning, capturing

Mandatory Qualifications/Experience

  • A recognised postgraduate qualification in library and information studies

  • Good working knowledge of Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar and other bibliometrics, altmetrics and research data sources

  • Excellent IT skills and software application skills, particularly Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint

  • The requisite knowledge, skills and competencies to carry out the role.

Desirable Qualifications/Experience

  • At least 3 years post qualification experience preferably in an Academic library

  • Member of the Library Association of Ireland or equivalent

  • Experience using Social Media Platforms Research and/or Scholarly engagement

  • Highly developed analytical, problem solving and organisational skills

  • Ability to work on own initiative and to apply independent professional judgement

  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners

  • Strong communicator with presentation experience

  • A self-motivated, resourceful approach to work and a willingness to accept and adapt to change

  • Ability to perform work with accuracy and attention to detail

  • A willingness and commitment to develop new skills to support this role

  • An innovative and imaginative approach to continuous improvement of operations and service delivery.

Salary Scale:

Remuneration will be based on the Grade VI salary scale, currently €46,771 – €57,157 (7 points). Remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy.

Please note:

  • Interviews are expected to be held in week commencing 8th July. Shortlisted candidates will get two weeks’ notice of interview dates. Applicants should be available to travel to Athlone for interview.

  • Following the implementation of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016, the successful candidate must be Garda Vetted before commencing their duties.
  • In addition to the minimum qualifications, it may be necessary to introduce further shortlisting criteria. Therefore, candidates may be shortlisted on the basis of qualifications and suitable experience, based on details given on the application form.

  • AIT staff who wish to apply must apply via the ESS system. All other applications must be submitted using the on-line E-recruitment form which may be accessed under vacancies at

  • Only on-line e-recruitment application forms will be accepted.

The closing date for receipt of the completed application forms is 5pm on Thursday, 20 June 2019

Athlone Institute of Technology is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity

and to creating and sustaining an environment that values the diversity of our staff

at all levels and in all areas of the Institute.

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