Library Services Manager
Wallingford or Lancaster
37.5 hours a week
Hybrid working with up to 2 days at home
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.
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.
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