Librarian -Grade 2 NSW Department of Communities and Justice (part of NSW Government) Sydney NSW 2000

Full Job Description

Division: Courts Tribunals and Service Delivery
Location: Sydney, NSW, AU, 2000
Req ID: 61175

Librarian -Grade 2

Location – Sydney

Employment type – Ongoing

Grade 2 Salary – $92,536 -$104,994 + Superannuation + Leave Loading


Your role

Working in a client focused team environment you will plan, design, administer and continuously improve upon the suite of technology services to meet business and customer expectations. Provide authoritative advice, support and guidance to senior management and clients in delivering a contemporary digital library experience.


What you’ll do

The Law Courts Library provides dedicated support and research collections to judicial officers, commissioners, tribunal members and their staff across all NSW jurisdictions and the Federal Court of Australia in NSW.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to);

  • Under the direction of the Technical Services Manager, administer the efficient and effective use of the library management system (SirsiDynix), including coordination with consortium partners, system upgrades, negotiations with the vendor and attendance at user forums and consortium meetings. Provide applications support and advice, troubleshoot and keep staff informed of progress in problem resolution, document changes, maintain documentation, organise demonstrations of new products.
  • Co-ordinate access to library online resources and software applications, including consulting with vendors, testing upgrades, and providing troubleshooting for technology issues as required.
  • Co-ordinate the collection and reporting of appropriate statistics related to the use of electronic resources.
  • Liaise with departmental business partners in the technology sphere and pro-actively advocate library business requirements.
  • Assist the Client Services team with support for library apps on iPads for judicial officers to enable seamless access to online resources.
  • Provide leadership, manage, co-ordinate and implement projects in a team-based technological environment
  • Contribute to the ongoing development and maintenance of the library collection.


What we’re looking for

  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • Qualifications acceptable for librarian or information specialist membership of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), or tertiary qualifications and experience deemed by the Secretary or the Public Service Commission to be equivalent, that meets the minimum standard of skill and knowledge inherent in the ALIA standard.
  • Substantial experience in implementing and managing digital and technology services in a library
  • Significant knowledge of the principles and standards underlying major library operations and library system data types, including understanding of library system file structures, system functions such as cataloguing, circulation practices, acquisitions, reporting and demonstrated knowledge of the MARC (Machine Readable Cataloguing) standard.
  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills with a demonstrated ability to investigate and make informed and evidence-based decisions regarding complex issues
  • Highly developed organisational and project management skills to balance and prioritise the competing demands of multiple tasks, concurrent projects, and workload to deliver services within deadlines.
  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills with a focus on understanding business requirements, communicating technical concepts to non-technical audiences, writing technical documentation, and liaising with staff and software vendors
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.


Download the role description.


We do work that really matters

The Law Courts Library is one of the largest law libraries in Australia and provides services to all New South Wales courts and tribunals, the Federal Court of Australia (NSW Registry) and is the major law resource for judicial officers in the state.

The library provides a comprehensive collection of legal resources online and in print, legal research assistance, training sessions, and support for judgment publication to assist judicial officers, decision makers and court staff in the administration of justice.

The Law Courts Library is part of the Courts, Tribunals and Service Delivery division of the Department of Communities and Justice.


Are you ready to join us?

Apply now and join Australia’s top public sector employer where we will support you and provide an exciting and flexible working environment!

Click apply, attach a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining how you meet the requirements of the role as well as an up-to-date résumé (maximum 5 pages), as well as providing answers to the 2 targeted questions below:


  • Targeted Question 1


A key aspect of this role is to support and optimise technology systems to meet growing business and customer expectations within the context of the law library.

Give the best example of one initiative/project that you have developed and implemented, that improved processes or client service in your work environment.

  • Give context and details of your example.
  • Describe your responsibility
  • Explain steps you took
  • Share achieved outcomes
  • Outline lessons learnt


  • Targeted Question 2

Provide a written response to the following question:

Describe the main three weaknesses of the Library system you used and address why you selected those as the best examples.


Describe a situation where a problem occurred that was not anticipated and you had to troubleshoot it. Describe what you did and what was the outcome?


Applications close 27 June, 2023 at 11.59 pm

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