Library Manager

London, United Kingdom
12 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Location : BPP Law School Holborn
Closing Date : 14/09/2018
Salary : £32,000-£38,000 
Employment Type : Permanent
Department : University Education Services

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Job Purpose: You will have responsibility for the provision of Library and Information Services to students studying at BPP’s learning centre at London Holborn and oversight including line management responsibilities for library staff at BPP’s Bristol centre. 

Job Background: BPP University has grown rapidly since gaining degree awarding powers in 2007 and now consists of four academic schools BPP Law School, BPP Business School, BPP School of Health and BPP School Nursing. BPP’s Library and Information Service aims to provide library services to support BPP University programmes at learning centres across the UK and online. BPP’s London Holborn centre delivers programmes to over 2500 professional law students with a core population of Legal Practice Course (LPC), Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and LLM students.

Key Responsibilities: 

  1. Provide managerial guidance and support to the library team in the day-to-day management of the library & information services at BPP’s learning centres at London Holborn and Bristol, including maintaining the collections, managing the study space and providing other library academic liaison services. 
  2. recruit, supervise, appraise and train staff, including line management of Information Services Assistants.  help and advise staff and students in making effective use of printed and online information sources.  design and deliver inductions, face-to-face and online training programmes (small group sessions and lectures). Train other members of staff to be able to deliver the programmes where appropriate.  liaise with teaching, IT, administration and operations teams to ensure an optimal student experience.  work with the Acquisitions Librarian and Systems Librarian to coordinate and develop resources, including collection development and management, online information services, the online library and other initiatives.  work with the Materials Distribution Manager and other stakeholders to develop processes and procedures to distribute materials to students and assist with the distribution of materials as required.  work with the Head of Library & Information Services to develop strategic plans to ensure a quality service is offered to all users. Work and lead on associated projects to encourage and implement a culture of continuous improvement in the library.  develop and maintain performance monitoring systems and quality assurance procedures.  maintain an awareness of current developments in relevant information and technology areas.  develop and maintain relationships through relevant professional networks and such as The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) .  and perform from time to time such other duties as may be consistent with the post. 

Skills, knowledge and qualifications require




Education and Qualifications

Educated to degree-level. Yes

A professional qualification in library/information science. Yes

Experience and Knowledge

High levels of IT literacy including Microsoft Office programmes (Word, Excel, Outlook), Library Management Systems and Virtual Learning Environments. Yes

An understanding of the key print and online information resources to support law programmes. Yes

Experience in staff supervision or management. Yes

Experience in developing and delivering user education and training programmes. Yes

Experience of developing and delivering user education and training programmes online. Yes

Experience of providing information literacy and study skills support. Yes

Competencies and Skills

An enthusiasm for developing and delivering an outstanding service. Yes

Strong leadership skills and the ability to manage and motivate a team. Yes

Excellent communication skills. Yes

Able to produce clear and concise written and oral reports. Yes

Able to present to and engage a student audience. Yes

Excellent organisation and time management skills. Yes

Proven project management skills. Yes

Able to set own goals in addition to achieving given targets and deadlines. Yes

Awareness of your own training and development needs and those of your team and an ability to identify how they may be met. Yes

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