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Senior Librarian

Dublin City CouncilDublin€53,345 - €65,172 per yearFull-time

BACKGROUND Dublin City Libraries meet the wide ranging Information, Education, Research and Cultural needs of the citizens of Dublin and the region through its Central Library, its network of 20 Community based Branch Libraries, Community Library Service, Online Services and Specialist Information Points.

THE JOB The Senior Librarian is a professional managerial role at Grade VI level and is central to the delivery of Dublin City Libraries frontline services, with responsibility for managing resources, staff, buildings and programmes. Libraries services are provided over a six-day week and shift work will be required in line with public opening hours, including late evenings and weekends.


  • Have the ability to lead, manage and supervise a team effectively;
  • Have strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Have an understanding of the professional and administrative role of Senior Librarian and a commitment to Continuous Professional Development (CPD);
  • Have the ability to work with colleagues from other Dublin City Council departments and outside organisations;
  • Have experience of promoting public engagement with library collections and services;
  • Have excellent IT, Web and Digital skills and experience of using a wide range of technologies;
  • Have a good understanding of Local Government and a commitment to public service; have relevant administrative experience;
  • Have good knowledge and awareness of Health and Safety legislation and Regulations, the implications for the organisation and the employee and their application in the workplace;

QUALIFICATIONS CHARACTER: Each candidate shall be of good character.

HEALTH: Candidates shall be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, ETC.: Each candidate must, on the latest date for receipt of completed applications:- (i) hold a degree (level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications) in the area of Library and Information Studies; (ii) have satisfactory relevant experience of library work;

DUTIES The duties of the post include, but are not limited to, the following: -

  • Leading and managing library staff, buildings, resources and services;
  • Providing frontline library services to the public in person and through all available communication channels;
  • Managing, motivating and empowering staff to maximum performance;
  • Managing service delivery to expected standards in line with targets, plans and policies;
  • Planning, organising and participating in programmes, exhibitions, publications, events and activities;
  • Building relevant partnerships and networks and working collaboratively with colleagues in other Dublin City Council departments and external organisations;
  • Stock selection, cataloguing and collection development as required;
  • Administrative duties including health & safety, building management, financial management and report writing as required;
  • Such other duties as may be assigned from time to time;

The particular duties and responsibilities attached to the post may vary from time to time, without changing the general character of the duties or level of responsibilities entailed. The post holder may therefore be required to perform duties appropriate to the post, other than those detailed above, and to take instructions from and report to, an appropriate Officer or such designated Officer as may be assigned from time to time by the City Council. The duties of the post are to give to the local authority and to (a) The local authorities or bodies for which the Chief Executive is Chief Executive, and (b) To any other local authority or body with which an agreement has been made by the local authority or by any of the authorities or bodies referred to in sub-paragraph (a) of this paragraph under the general direction and control of the Chief Executive or of such officers as the Chief Executive may from time to time determine, such appropriate computing, technical, management, administrative, executive, supervisory, advisory and ancillary services as may be required by any local authority or body hereinbefore mentioned in the exercise and performance of any of its powers, functions and duties and to exercise such powers, functions and duties as may be delegated to him or her by the Chief Executive from time to time including the duty of servicing all committees that may be established by any such local authority or body. The holder of the post will, if required, act for an officer of a higher level.


  • Posts of Senior Librarian will be filled from this publicly advertised competition. Selection shall be by means of a competition conducted by or on behalf of Dublin City Council.
  • Candidates should note that the information provided by them in their application form, will form the basis on which eligibility and short listing is conducted.
  • Dublin City Council reserves the right to undertake eligibility and/or shortlist candidates in the manner it deems most appropriate.
  • A panel may be formed on the basis of interviews. A candidate whose name is on a panel and who satisfies the Council that they possesses the qualifications declared for the post and that they are otherwise suitable for appointment may, within the life of the panel, subject to the appropriate Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage sanction, be appointed as an appropriate vacancy arises.
  • The life of the panel shall be for a period of one year from the date of its formation.
  • Dublin City Council shall require any person to whom an appointment is offered to take up such appointment within a period of not more than one month and if they fail to take up appointment within such period, or such longer period as the Council in its absolute discretion may determine, the Council shall not appoint them.

SHORTLISTING Dublin City Council reserves the right to shortlist candidates to proceed to the interview stage of the competition. Shortlisting of candidates will be on the basis of information supplied on the Application Form. It is therefore in your own interest to provide a detailed and accurate account of your qualifications/experience in your application. The shortlisting process will provide for the assessment of each applicant’s application form against predetermined criteria that reflect the skills and depth of experience considered to be essential for a position at this level. SALARY The salary scale for the position of Senior Librarian is: - €53,345; €54,618; €56,168; €59,086; €60,828; (Maximum); €62,994 (1st LSI after 3 years satisfactory service on the Maximum); €65,172 (2nd LSI after 3 years satisfactory service on the 1st LSI)

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