Head of Library and Information Services, learned society

Head of Information Management - London, United Kingdom

Ref: 66Wednesday 31 March 2021

New in! A learned society requires a Head of Library and Information Services to manage the Society’s day-to-day service provision and develop it in line with the Society’s key strategic objectives and business plans.  You will lead a professional team of staff and be responsible for driving change, through the implementation of the recommendations of a recent Library Review. The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate a proven, successful track record in library management and service provision.

Main responsibilities include: 

  • Strategic development of the Society’s Library and Information Services provision. 
  • Oversee development and implementation of strategy, policy, and planning to deliver high quality, effective and efficient library services.
  • Embed and encourage a culture of continuous improvement and effective change management to develop services that are responsive to future needs.
  • Liaise with other librarians and contacts within the library services sector to keep abreast of industry developments, innovation, and best practice.
  • Manage the activities of the Library and Information Services staff, ensure the team has clear objectives, and review performance in line with Society policies.
  • Ensure that the skills, competencies, and knowledge of the staff are utilised and developed.
  • Develop, maintain and analyse appropriate performance indicators, statistics, and benchmarks to inform acquisitions policies and services, and implement improvements where required.
  • Oversee business management practices and update processes to ensure efficiency. 
  • Ensure practices in all library spaces are in accordance with Safety, Health, and Environment requirements.
  • Contribute to the wider management of the Society and actively seek to integrate the Library with other activities.
  • Contribute to the annual budgeting process and manage library income and expenditure.
  • Proactively ensure best value-for-money spend of library budget, maximising impact, effectiveness, and usage of available funds.
  • Maximise income from external sources and ensure library charges cover costs.
  • Take responsibility for the acquisition of primarily digital journals, books, and databases in line with priorities.
  • Continue and improve measures to maximise the visibility and usage of Society collections online, and onsite where effective.
  • Continually review free and exchange material to ensure relevance and value to service users.
  • Actively manage disposals of appropriate materials via sales, auction, and specialist resellers to generate revenues for the Society.
  • Work with the Archivist to ensure that special collections, historical and modern records are adequately maintained in line with stated Society objectives.
  • Ensure all materials in collections are used in accordance with relevant copyright and intellectual property requirements.
  • Continually review the Library Management System (Heritage) and recommend upgrades or replacement as appropriate.
  • Take a hands-on approach to day-to-day activities; supporting the team in routine tasks and covering absences.

To be considered for this role you will need the following skills and experience:

  • Experience in an academic, corporate or learned society library or information services environment.
  • Understanding of key issues and strategic trends in library and information services.
  • Undergraduate or post-graduate level qualification in librarianship or information science.
  • Experience in planning and implementation of large projects. 
  • A track record of successfully implementing and leading change. 
  • Inclusive and highly collaborative management of staff, and a commitment to motivating and developing skilled professional staff. 
  • Demonstrable experience in collections development and management, managing budgets, procurement, and delivery of digital information sources.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • High level of IT literacy. 
  • Experience in delivery and cataloguing of print resources
  • Ability to work with qualitative and quantitative data to inform the understanding and improvement of Library services
  • Chartered membership of CILIP or equivalent