Job: Head of Digital

5.9.17 –  Head of Digital
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland


The Chester Beatty Library is one of Ireland’s national cultural institutions. It contains a world famous collection of manuscripts, prints, miniature paintings, early printed books and objets d’art from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The Collection is principally focused on the written word and its associated painted and printed images.

Summary Job Purpose

The new position of Head of Digital is a key leadership position and provides an exciting opportunity for an experienced and creative professional to lead the digital department in the Library and to shape the way in which the Library reaches and engages its audiences via digital platforms within the Library and beyond its walls.

Reporting to the Director and a member of the Senior Management Team, the Head of Digital will supervise a team comprising of the Digital Curator, Photographic Services Assistant and two Digital Photographers. In association with these colleagues and the Library’s ICT Manager, Registrar and the Collections team, the Head of Digital will be ultimately responsible for the future digital direction and strategy of the Library, the creation of digital content and the development and management of this content to facilitate access to collections, increase online user numbers, and promote the Library’s aims, objectives and mission.

Application Instructions

To apply, interested candidates should submit a cover letter expressing interest in the position and outlining relevant experience, together with a complete curriculum vitae and the names and contact information (mail, e-mail and telephone numbers) of three professional references to: Mary Corless Human Resources Manager Chester Beatty Library Dublin Castle Dublin 2 Ireland Or by email to: with “Head of Digital” in the subject line

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 9 June 2017

Interviews will take place at the Chester Beatty Library on Monday 3 July 2017

Job: Systems Librarian

4.11.17 –  Systems Librarian/Support Analyst
Innovative Interfaces, Dublin, Ireland


Innovative Interfaces creates cutting-edge products that allow libraries to succeed in a modern technology environment and the freedom to implement solutions that best meet their specific needs. An established company with a vision for the future, Innovative connects with thousands of libraries of all types in over 66 countries.

The Systems Librarian/Support Analyst provides domain expertise for Innovative’s support organization and offers necessary phone and Email support for the broad range of issues reported by our customers.  A Systems Librarian develops expert knowledge of Innovative software and is expected to deliver high-quality support in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.

This position will be located in our Dublin, Ireland Office.

Description of Responsibilities:

  • Provide extensive telephone and email support for customers using Innovative software on large multi-user UNIX systems
  • Use UNIX, SQL, and propriety utilities to analyze, troubleshoot, document, and resolve application issues reported by customers
  • Work with customers with varying levels of technical expertise to effectively pursue and resolve issues in an expedient manner
  • Engage with team members throughout the day via chat group and other communication methods to isolate answers to complex troubleshooting problems.
  • Develop strong working relationships across Support and other departments at Innovative
  • Contributes to the support knowledge base / procedures as necessary.

Requirements/ Qualifications:

  • MLS or other relevant degree and/or a minimum of one year of library experience in circulation, technical services, or system administration
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technology independently and to adapt quickly to changing technologies
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities and work effectively under pressure in a rapidly changing environment
  • Superior attention to detail and commitment to following through until customer issues are fully resolved
  • Proven analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently while supporting the efforts of our Domestic and Global support teams

Additional Requirements

  • Experience working with Innovative’s Millennium or Sierra systems
  • Experience working within a UNIX environment
  • Experience working with web applications, scripting languages, network technologies, and/or relational databases

Anita Reynolds, HR Relationship Manager

9th Floor Block A

Georges Quay Plaza

Georges Quay Dublin 2


Tel +35316722326

Job: Systems Librarian

2.28.17 –  Systems Librarian
Innovative Interfaces, Dublin, Ireland



The Systems Librarian provides increased domain expertise for Innovative’s support organization and offers necessary phone and Email support for the broad range of issues reported by our customers.


Essential Functions:

  • Provides extensive telephone and email support for customers using Innovative software on large multi-user UNIX systems.
  • Uses UNIX, SQL, and propriety utilities to analyze, troubleshoot, document, and resolve application issues reported by customers.
  • Works with customers with varying levels of technical expertise to effectively pursue and resolve issues in an expedient manner.
  • Utilizes chat group and other communication methods to isolate answers to complex troubleshooting problems.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Develops strong working relationships across Support and other departments at Innovative.
  • Contributes to the support knowledge base / procedures as necessary.



Education, Licenses, and Certifications:

  • Master’s degree in library science or any other relevant degree.


  • Minimum 3 years of experience supporting library patrons or staff.

Critical Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements:

  • Advanced knowledge of Innovative software and a strong desire to gain more expertise across Innovative products.
  • Superior attention to detail and commitment to following through until customer issues are fully resolved
  • Proven track record of increased expertise, dedication to excellent support and contributions to team-building efforts.
  • Proven ability in learning new technology independently and adapting quickly to changing technologies.
  • Proven ability in balancing multiple priorities and working effectively under pressure in a rapidly changing environment.


  • Position may be required to work outside of normal business hours including weekends and company holidays to meet customer and/or business needs.



Internship: Kress Paper Fellowship

7.6.16 – Kress Paper Fellowship
The Library, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland


The Fellowship is open to Canadian or US graduates of Conservation programmes.

The Preservation and Conservation Department at the Library of Trinity College Dublin is accepting applications for a Samuel H. Kress Conservation Fellowship.  The Fellowship will focus on the treatment of a papyrus Book of the Dead.  This position will suit either a Paper or Papyrus Conservator and will involve carrying out the conservation treatment and materials analysis of the selected Book, as well as developing a template for the treatment, imaging, storage and display of the collection of Books of the Dead held in the Library.

The Kress Fellow will be encouraged to research the imagery, hieroglyphic text and named original owner of the Book of the Dead, as well as the history of the current 19th century mounting and framing system.  The project will be led by the Preservation and Conservation Department with collaboration from the Manuscripts Department and the Department of Classical Studies.

The Kress Fellow will participate in advocacy and public engagement associated with the project, and other outreach activities of the Preservation and Conservation Department.  They will join a dynamic department with 6 conservators, 2 preservation assistants, 1 technician, and 1 intern, and will participate in the responsibilities of the team in delivering the stewardship strategy for the library.

The Fellowship is funded by Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and awarded by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC), to the value of $32,000 US.  The placement will run from October 2016 – September 2017.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and Curriculum Vitae, along with two references to:

Susie Bioletti
Keeper of Preservation and Conservation
The Library
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2, Ireland

The closing date for receipt of applications is 29 July 2016. Interviews will be conducted via Skype in August 2016.  The selection of the Fellow will be approved by FAIC.

Job: Associate Librarian

5.22.16 – Associate Librarian – Education, Research & Clinical Support
RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons) Dublin, Ireland

Sarah P’s comments:  Here is a one-year position for anyone with a health sciences background to gain some international experience with a reputable institution.  Thanks to Library Director, Kate Kelly for sharing this position.

Please note the deadline is this Wednesday, 5/25/15.

5.23/16 update:  Kate Kelly verified this opportunity is open only to  EU passport holders.


The Associate Librarian Education, Research & Clinical Support is a member of the library management team which has collective responsibility for all library services. The Associate Librarian Education, Research & Clinical Support is responsible for developing and delivering strategy, policy and programming within three key areas of activity namely: teaching & learning, research support and clinical library services.

Specific Responsibilities include:
 Working collaboratively with the Director of Library Services, the Associate Librarian Library Services (ALLS) and LRC Manager RCSI Bahrain to ensure library services and resources are aligned with, and support RCSI strategy.
 Leading and developing one of two new teams & engendering a creative, supportive, and innovative team culture.
 Articulating the vision, scope and scale of services for: Academic liaison and curriculum support; Research support and Clinical Library Services.
 Managing & directing the work of the three team members: Scholarly Communications & Research Support Officer; Teaching & Learning Librarian; Clinical Librarian (based in Beaumont Hospital)
 Taking a hands on approach to design, development and support of relevant team activities.
 Maintaining & sharing knowledge and experience of emerging technologies & practices used to support the provision of innovative, high quality library support for research, learning teaching and clinical activities.
 Management and administrative responsibility for the planning, delivery, monitoring, evaluation and development of these three support services to RCSI.
 Working with the Associate Librarian Service Delivery to establish and ensure cross-team communications and working relationships at all times and to raise awareness of the Library’s expertise and services to support the teaching, learning, clinical and research activities of RCS
 Promoting a work culture than enables individuals and teams to perform enthusiastically and consistently at high level.
 Building and maintaining strong strategic & working relationships with stakeholders and key support departments at the appropriate level within RCSI and building strong working relationships within the library
 Performing other duties and leading projects as requested in response to specific opportunities and needs and representing the Library at meetings and on committees as appropriate with delegated authority from the Director Library Services
 Complying with statutory legislation and rules and requirements in furtherance of your own and general staff welfare and safety
 Undergoing programmes of training and development relevant to the role and as may be required from time to time.
 Representing the best interests of RCSI at all times.

Person Specification:
 Post-graduate qualification in library or information science or equivalent
 Evidence of commitment to CPD (Continuing Professional Development) ;     membership of LAI (Library Association of Ireland) or equivalent highly desirable
 5 years’ minimum experience of planning & managing delivery of library services, including staff management
 Significant knowledge of library support services in either research OR curriculum domains.
 Academic health sciences library background highly desirable
 Self-motivated & self-directed, team player with strong service ethic & commitment, energetic and resilient
 Strong interpersonal, communication, leadership, project management and organisational skills

The Process:
Interview and presentation
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a formal interview and a panel-based presentation at our main campus at RCSI Dublin.

Particulars of Post
This post is a one year appointment at sub-librarian grade. The appointee reports to the Director of Library Services.

Informal Enquiries
Informal enquiries are invited in the first instance through Mags Browne, Human Resources Department on +353 (1) 4022528 (email: Mags Browne).

Specific enquiries about the nature of the post can be addressed directly to Kate Kelly, Chief Librarian on +353 (0)1 402 2412 (email: Kate Kelly).


Job: Technical Lead, Digital Collections

5.16.16 –  Technical Lead, Digital Collections
National Library of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) is seeking a talented, self-motivated library technology specialist to lead the development of its digital services infrastructure.

Brief Description of Position:

The NLI’s current digital services infrastructure combines open-source software, vendor-supplied products, and locally-developed middleware and interfaces. Core systems include a Library Management System (VTLS Virtua), discovery and access systems (VuFind and Blacklight), a digital repository system (Fedora Commons/Hydra) which currently manages over 40TB of digitised material.

Reporting to the Head of Digital Collections, the successful candidate will play a key role in designing and developing the NLI’s technical infrastructure to meet the NLI’s core strategic objectives and challenges. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a stimulating, challenging environment, to solve interesting problems, and to greatly enhance public access to the invaluable cultural heritage resources of the NLI.

Principal Tasks:

Provide technical oversight and strategic leadership to develop and enhance the NLI’s digital services infrastructure, including the NLI’s Digital Repository, Library Management System, Online Catalogue, and other core systems
Lead, manage and support a small team of technology specialists.
Provide technical leadership and architectural analysis to expand the NLI’s digital repository to meet new strategic requirements, e.g. the acquisition, management and preservation of born-digital content including archival material, web-harvested content, and e-publications
Ensure the ingest, management and online delivery of digital content generated by the NLI’s existing digitisation programme. Provide technical leadership to expand the NLI’s digital repository to accommodate new digitisation workflows, including mass-digitisation by external agencies
Formalise Digital Preservation policy and workflows, and secure certification of trustworthiness for the NLI’s digital repository, e.g. the Data Seal of Approval, ISO-16363
Represent the NLI in relevant national and international collaborations and partnerships, including collaborations with CONUL, the European Library and various Open Source communities
Work with NLI business areas and external users to determine strategic goals and corresponding technical solutions
Provide technical expertise to the Senior Management team and AKI group to inform strategic and operational planning.

For full details please visit

Job: Archivist/Librarian

11/11/5 –  Archivist/Librarian
National Library of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland


2016 Web Archive Project Archivist/Librarian

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) is seeking a talented, self-motivated Archivist/Librarian to work on the National Library of Ireland’s 2016 web archive.

 Brief Description of Position:

As part of the NLI’s programme for 2016 which includes the strand Remembering 1916, Recording 2016, the NLI intends to capture and preserve the content of key websites that tell the story of 2016 online. This includes the centenary commemorations of the 1916 Rising and also commemorations of the Irish experience of the Battle of the Somme. The 2016 Web Archive Project Archivist/Librarian will be responsible for working on this with NLI staff to ensure that relevant websites are identified and captured and that all aspects of the web archiving process are completed in relation to this project.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a stimulating, challenging environment, and contribute to the creation of an online record of the documentary and intellectual output of Ireland in relation to the commemorative events of 2016.

 Principal Tasks:

  • Work as part of the NLI Digital Library team to identify, select and verify websites for inclusion in the 2016 NLI Web Archive and plan the schedule for website crawls
  • Liaise with NLI and external subject experts
  • Rights clearance: liaise with website publishers to obtain permission for inclusion in NLI Web Archive
  • QA archived sites and work with external contractor to resolve issues
  • Create metadata for selected websites
  • Develop public engagement with NLI Web Archive through public call to nominate the most significant Irish websites for 2016
  • Promote NLI 2016 Web Archive through NLI’s own communication channels, eg. NLI blog, Twitter etc. and through outreach and learning opportunities, eg. presentations, talks, workshops
  • Work with NLI Outreach Department to provide content and input to NLI’s 2016 Programme and related publicity



  • Graduate/Postgraduate qualification in Library/Archival studies
  • Knowledge of 20th century Irish history and culture
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team- and project-oriented environment
  • Demonstrated interest in working within the digital library domain
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results on time


  • Ability to learn new skills quickly
  • Familiarity working with digital material
  • Interest in and knowledge of Irish digital landscape
  • Experience with web archiving activities and tools
  • Experience creating descriptive metadata for web content using international library standards
  • Experience using issue tracking and project management software

How to Apply

 Applications must be made on the official application form.

For further details about the role and to download an application form, please refer to the National Library’s website at:

 The completed application form with two additional copies must be submitted by post to:

HR Unit,
National Library of Ireland,
4, Kildare Street,
Dublin 2.

to arrive not later than 17:00 hours on Tuesday 24th November 2015.

Application forms received after the deadline date and time will not be accepted.





Job: Moving Images Archivist

9/17/15 –  Moving Images Archivist
LAC Group, Ireland

Sarah P’s comments: LAC Group has offices in the US and London and states it is  a “provider of a diverse range of knowledge and information services to large organizations of all kinds”. I was unable to find out what LAC stands for(!) or where in Ireland this particular job is located however their website and services offered sound intriguing.


LAC Group is seeking an experienced Moving Images Archivist to work on a project to gather information relating to the existence, condition and content of moving image collections in Ireland, in order to assess levels of acquisition, cataloguing, preservation practice, and digitisation and access policies across collections. In addition, using the findings of the survey, it is intended that the project will result in a high level database of existing collections of moving image materials held by individuals, organizations and institutions across the state. This information will enable our client to assess the existing situation, analyze and forecast future needs, and inform the creation of national policy and strategy for the preservation and accessibility of Ireland’s moving image heritage.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable understanding of the archiving profession and cultural and educational networks in the Ireland, ideally with particular reference to audio-visual collections, and proven experience of conducting surveys using a range of data gathering methodologies (including, but not limited to, online questionnaires and original research via face-to-face communication). Information technology skills, including web-based skills, will be important. Knowledge and experience of moving image formats and web-based services are desirable.


Conduct research using existing databases, projects and resources together with original information gathering from collection holders
Develop a database of moving image collections in Ireland from existing lists and available data and through field research and communication with collection holders and professional bodies to encourage and assist them in providing information for the database.
Work closely with the Chair of the Client to define required data for collection & approach.
Communicate with collection holders across Ireland via a range of means including email telephone calls, and in some cases through personal visits to gather data and to solicit their input into the online database.
Manage the input of data gathered into the database.
Attend regular meetings reporting on progress and initial findings.
Write a report analyzing the findings of the survey at the end the project and making recommendations for future action.

Qualifications & Skills:

Proven knowledge of moving image formats in particular in relation to assessing their type, condition, durations, preservation and documentation standards.
Proven knowledge of rights and ownership issues in relation to moving image recordings.
Understanding of the moving image archiving profession and networks in Ireland.
Proven experience in conducting surveys using a range of data gathering methods.
Proven experience of input and use of databases.
Proven ability to communicate positively and effectively with a range of people/ organizations
Strong project management experience.
The ability to work both independently and in a team.
Excellent report writing and analytical skills.
High level of time-management skills.

Apply online at: