Open competition for appointment to the position of: Library and Information Manager at the Law Reform Commission

By GavinWalsh, Thursday, 19th January 2023 | 0 comments




Open competition for appointment to the position of:


Library and Information Manager

 at the Law Reform Commission


Closing date: 13/02/2023





Background Information on the post

The Law Reform Commission was established by the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 to keep the law under independent, objective and expert review. The Commission has five members: the President, the Full-time Commissioner, and three part-time Commissioners.

Our purpose is to review Irish law and make proposals for reform. We also work on modernising the law to make it easier to access and understand. Our proposals are developed in a process which starts with a Consultation Paper. Consultation Papers examine the law and set out questions on possible changes to the law. Once a Consultation Paper is published, we invite submissions on possible changes to the law. We consult widely, consider the submissions we have received and then publish a Report setting out the Commission’s analysis and recommendations.

Many of the Commission’s proposals have led to changes in Irish law.

The Access to Legislation team prepare updates to the Legislation Directory (the main index of changes to legislation), prepare and update administrative consolidations of Acts and maintain a Classified List of Legislation in force in Ireland.


Job Function

The Library and Information Manager leads, manages and maintains the Commission’s physical library and library administration files, and electronic presence and online catalogue. The Librarian works as part of the Administration team, in close co-operation with the research team.The Librarian will report to the full-time Commissioner.

The purpose of the Library and Information Manager in the Law Reform Commission is to deliver an information service that is timely, effective and efficient which meets the information and know-how needs of the office. Core services include the provision of print and electronic legal resources, supported by a library management system and a range of current awareness and know-how services.


Key Responsibilities

  • Overall management of library and information service, maintaining and enhancing the Commission’s physical and electronic library space to ensure optimal storage and retrieval of assets.
  • Manage all library software systems including the library catalogue, with responsibility for planning and executing projects relating to platform development and upgrades to the system. The Law Reform Commission currently uses Soutron as its Library Management System (LMS) and as its bibliographic management solution.
  • Managing the Commission’s library budget and other financial reviews as required. Evaluation conducted for all subscription renewals/new acquisitions and relevant procurement procedures adhered to by negotiating with external suppliers to ensure the Library is licenced to supply the best quality information services for the most competitive prices.
  • Review and update collection development policy to reflect availability of resources in various formats and to cater for evolving user needs.
  • Assisting legal research staff in identifying and using best project-related resources in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Manage the development and delivery of information skills training for legal staff.
  • Maintain and foster professional links with other librarians working in the legal environment.
  • Developing, maintaining and enhancing the search and browse functionality for Commission publications on the website and acting in an advisory capacity with regard to improvements to the broader information architecture of the site.
  • Carrying out other employment-related policies of the Commission as well as maintaining and developing library and information management expertise; and
  • Undertaking such other library and information related duties as may from time to time be assigned by the Commission.


Qualifications and Experience


Essential Requirements

 Candidates must have, on or before 1st June 2022:  


  1. An honours degree or an equivalent qualification (at least a Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  2. A post-graduate qualification (level 9 in the National Framework of Qualifications) in Library & Information Studies or equivalent qualification.
  3. an ability to think strategically and to contribute to the strategic management;
  4. the requisite technical knowledge and skills to fulfil the duties assigned including strong information technology skills;
  5. the ability to prioritise and manage work-loads, to cope with conflicting demands on time;
  6. strong interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills and the ability to lead teams effectively.
  7. have previous post-qualification experience of working in a legal information service.

Desirable skills

Ideally, candidates will also have one or more of the following:

  1. Project Management qualification:
  2. A good knowledge of Irish current affairs;
  3. Evidence of commitment to CPD and contribution to relevant professional associations.


Salary and benefits


Some of the benefits of this role include:


•             Competitive base salary - public sector pay rates with incremental progression (Higher Executive Officer (Higher) level);

•             Generous annual leave - 29 working days per year;

•             Public sector pension scheme membership;

•             Flexible working hours;

•             Hybrid working environment - whilst employees are contracted to work in our Dublin 2 office,                they may avail of hybrid working options. In line with public sector guidance, the Commission                has a hybrid working policy to cover all employees;

•             Cross-skilling opportunities;

•             Educational support through employer-sponsored academic education and training, and                      paid study leave;

•             Taxsaver travel tickets - cost of travel ticket deducted from gross salary meaning tax savings;

•             Bike-to-Work Scheme and bike storage and shower facilities;

•             Access to well-being supports through the Employee Assistance Service;

•             Active Social and Well-being Committee.


Please find the Information Booklet for this position here.
Please find the Application Form for this position here.

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