Librarian Australian Government Solicitor Canberra ACT Part-time, Fixed term

  • Non-ongoing – 18 month opportunity
  • Part-time
  • Provide a valued service to departmental lawyers across Australia

An opportunity exists for a Librarian to join our Library Services Team in the Canberra office on a non-ongoing 18 month contract.

The Library Services Team is seeking applications from Librarians with significant experience in the provision of legal research. This role will be responsible for providing complex and specialist library and information services.

About us
Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) is the Australian Government’s central legal practice and part of the Attorney-General’s Department. AGS helps Commonwealth clients to manage legal issues, navigate new challenges and find solutions which deliver the best outcomes for Australia. We are a self-funded legal practice and compete for our work.

AGS is unique. AGS is dedicated to the national interest and is a trusted advisor to Government.

AGS is innovative. Drawing on an exceptional depth of experience and expertise, we assist the Australian Government in the development and implementation of solutions to legal issues that have national importance.

AGS is diverse. With offices in every capital city and a team of 650 staff, including 400 lawyers, we work in more than 40 different areas of law related to government.

About the role
The Library Services Team provides a highly valued service for legal research and resources to the lawyers and officers across the whole of the Attorney-General’s Department. This role is based in Canberra and will involve delivering high level, customer focused library services to AGS and department clients. You will be expected to efficiently and comprehensively manage reference enquiries in response to client requests. You may be responsible for managing a specific library function and/or national and local projects.

In this role you will:

  • contribute to the delivery of a high quality and timely national legal research service using a reference management system (RefTracker)
  • provide responses to requests for information of a specialised nature, by researching, analysing, evaluating and organising information to meet the needs of individual clients
  • as part of the training team, deliver internal training sessions to lawyers and legal support staff on researching the law
  • contribute to the ongoing development and maintenance of the library collection including cataloguing
  • manage library specific projects, systems or operations
  • develop and maintain Library policies and procedures
  • actively support and coach other team members to achieve excellent library service delivery nationally
  • take on other tasks involving a broad range of law library and administrative functions including support to a national library team.

This role is a non-ongoing, part time position working set hours of 7 hours per day, Monday to Friday from 12 – 8 pm (including a 1 hour break). While this non-ongoing role is for a term of 18 months only, future opportunities for ongoing employment may be considered, depending on business requirements.

For further information about the requirements of this role, please refer to the role description available below.

About you
Candidates for this position should have:

  • relevant tertiary qualifications in library studies / information management
  • a minimum of 3 years’ experience conducting high level legal reference and research in a legal focused environment
  • excellent knowledge of legal materials, collection maintenance and related data
  • demonstrated ability in the use of:
    • legal resources
    • the delivery of in-person and remote training
    • library technology and
    • data management
  • a willingness to take responsibility for tasks, a team oriented attitude and a collaborative approach to cross-team development
  • well-developed written and oral communication skills.

To apply
To apply you must be an Australian Citizen and be willing to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Baseline level.

To apply, please click the ‘Apply’ button and ensure that you upload a 1-2 page cover letter along with a copy of your CV. Applications close at 11:59pm (AEST) on Tuesday, 19 April 2022. Late applications may be considered with prior agreement from Cath Maurer whose contact details are below.

Further enquiries
Further information can be obtained by contacting Cath Maurer, Human Resources Business Partner on 02 6253 7523 or [email protected] or Janet Gray, Library Manager, Canberra on 02 6253 7114 or [email protected]