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Library Services Manager

Wallingford or Lancaster



37.5 hours a week

Hybrid working with up to 2 days at home

ASAP start


About the company

Sue Hill Recruitment are delighted to be working in partnership with the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology who are looking to recruit a Library Services Manager.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced library professional to lead a small, dedicated team and have operational responsibility for providing a modern library and archive service to approximately 500 staff across four sites.

The main library services are based in Wallingford and the archive facility is based in Lancaster. You will be responsible for ensuring information and processes vital to the library’s services are maintained and facilitate the development of an innovative and modern research library and archive service in what is a rapidly changing landscape - including a shift to digital and open access.

This key role will play an important part in understanding new requirements and drivers (internal and external) and leading change within the library & archive service to deliver these needs.


Main responsibilities:

  • Management of the UKCEH library and archive team

  • Ensure library systems, archives and content are fit for purpose and that resources are discoverable and accessible including the Library Management System and the open access repository

  • Delivery of library and archive services within budget, including monitoring costs and ensuring value for money; contributing to the annual budgetary process, provision of any options analysis for future improvements to support strategic decision-making

  • Responsibility for management of the UKRI Open Access Block Grant and compliance reporting; providing communication and advice to scientists and colleagues on Open Access including policies of publishers and funders

  • Manage, negotiate and review direct subscription agreements and Open Access transformative agreements with key publishers

  • Lead communications to UKCEH scientists on library, archive and information services and responsibility for associated policies and procedures.


Skills required:


  • Degree level education with a postgraduate qualification in a library or information management related field OR demonstrated ability gained through relevant professional experience

  • Proven experience handling a complex budget

  • Significant management experience in an academic or research library beneficial

  • Experience of budget setting, budget management and monitoring specifically in relation to library services, systems, assets, publisher agreements and subscriptions

  • Experience of Heritage Cirqa LMS or similar

  • Ability to define, procure and implement library systems, including catalogues and repositories with experience of administering and managing e-resources

  • Knowledge of current developments in open access requirements and policies of funders and publishers

  • Ability to think creatively and flexibly about the provision of a modern innovative library and archive service

  • Ability to lead, manage and develop a dispersed team within the organisation

  • Strong successful negotiation skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Experience of successfully delivering change and developing innovative solutions. 

  • A willingness for occasional travel to other sites, with some overnight stays

  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to promote and adhere to UKCEH values of Excellence, Integrity and Teamwork