Library Services Manager - Law - London

Librarian /Information Manager - London, United Kingdom

Ref: 534Tuesday 2 April 2024

£50-55,000 base plus benefits

Library Services Manager - Law - London

An opportunity for a Library Services Manager has become available within one of the leading professional associations for Barristers in London. This role is a supervisory/line management role with around 6-7 direct reports. The focus of the role is to manage the day to day operations of a library that is predominantly physical, to oversee and direct training for members, to coordinate internal/external communications and oversee a wide range of library management and administration functions. While face to face services are key to this role, the department takes a flexible approach and some hybrid working is also possible.


In this Library Services Manager role, the principal objectives and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervising the day to day functions of the library including the team, access to resources and facilities
  • Managing a team that is a mix of full-time and casual staff including rotas, sickness/holiday leave and staff development
  • Deputising for the Director of Library Services and being an ultimate point of contact for members and users of the library
  • Playing a key role in the design and delivery of legal research training provided by the library to its members 
  • Developing strong relationships with other functions of the organisation and attending meetings that support the organisations overarching strategy
  • Overseeing and supporting both internal and external communications of the library to promote events and generate engagement
  • From time to time, taking a hands on role within library services such as helping with enquiries or simply being a point of support or help for users

To be suitable for this Library Services Manager requirement, the following skills and experience are required:

  • A Library or Information related degree, masters degree or qualification
  • Ideally, experience gained within a law library environment, but applicants from other library environments will be equally considered
  • A willingness to work within, and a deep understanding of the challenges of working in a largely physical library environment
  • The ability to line manage a mix of permanent and casual staff. This might include mentoring less experienced staff in previous roles
  • Experience in the arena of training, particularly around information or library resources and an ability to present to a variety of audiences
  • Highly developed IT skills, particularly around Library and Information Management Systems
  • The ability to operate in a supervisory, operational and strategic capacity
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and relationship building skills 


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