Library Services Manager

  • Job Reference: 00000425-1
  • Date Posted: 25 September 2019
  • Recruiter: Marine Biological Association
  • Location: Plymouth, Devon
  • Salary: £27,025 to £33,199
  • Sector: Not for Profit/Charities
  • Job Type: Part-time

Job Description

Library Services Manager

0.5 FTE (2.5 days per week), open ended contract
£27025 - £33199 (pro rata) pa depending on experience

The role

We are looking for a committed and motivated individual to deliver high quality library and information services in keeping with the needs of the local research community and external users. You will be responsible for delivering all aspects of the library services with the main focus being on the negotiation and maintenance of e-resources licenses. This will entail liaison with the scientific user community to ascertain needs in terms of electronic journal provision and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) library service.

The post-holder will also be responsible for management of the Library budget and to help develop strategies for the ongoing role of the library as a national facility, including exploring the opportunities for the digital delivery of library information and services.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a field that is undergoing rapid development with an increased focus on Open Access and other models of scientific information delivery.

Applicants for the post will have a professional qualification in librarianship or information management and experience of library management within a previous role. Experience of working in a scientific research library or similar environment would be beneficial.

You must be able to work to high standards of accuracy and should have a positive attitude and a flexible approach in your work. You will be enthusiastic, proactive and have good communication and time management skills.

Applications are to be made by covering letter with details of referees, stating your suitability and motivation for applying for the role, a current CV which includes a list of qualifications and any relevant experience, to the MBA’s HR Department by 24:00 hrs. on Friday 11th October 2019.  The candidate must be eligible to work in the UK.

For any questions or to arrange an informal discussion about the post please contact Matthew Frost (MBA Deputy Director):


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Interviews are likely to take place during the week commencing 21st October, with the successful applicant starting as soon as possible after appointment.


The Marine Biological Association ( is a Learned Society established in 1884 and is a leading voice for the marine biological community. The Association houses the National Marine Biological Library, containing one of the world’s major collections of marine life and environmental sciences literature. The library provides research support to staff and visiting workers at the Marine Biological Association and Plymouth Marine Laboratory and members of the Association. The library also works closely with the resident Data Team.

Salary and benefits

  • Working for a dynamic and internationally renowned Organisation
  • £27025 - £33199 (pro rata) depending on experience
  • 2.5 days per week
  • Holidays: 30 days (pro rata) per annum plus statutory public and bank holidays
  • The post carries a 6-month probationary period
  • Free parking and sea views

Equal opportunities employer.  We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Skills and experience


  • Previous experience of library management
  • Knowledge of electronic journal subscriptions
  • Familiarity with principles of Open Access and knowledge of developments in this area (for example, Plan S)
  • Familiarity digital institutional repositories and requirements
  • Ability to catalogue books, serials and electronic information resources
  • Ability to answer scientific reference enquiries
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work with stakeholders and customers
  • Awareness of policies relating to copyright and data protection


  • Knowledge of Intellectual property rights (IPR) issues
  • Experience of digitisation, data mining and online delivery of information resources
  • Experience of working in a scientific research library
  • Interest in marine science and the marine environment