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Sheriff Courts - Assistant Librarian

Contract typePermanent
Closing date24 March 2017
Contact nameJennifer Findlay
Library Services Manager
CompanyScottish Courts and Tribunals Service
Contact telephone0131 240 6799

This is a new role within the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS), and the primary responsibility for the post holder will be supporting the Sheriff Courts Librarian in the establishment and development of the new Sheriff Courts library service. The Sheriff Courts library service will work alongside the existing Supreme Courts library service, and together they will constitute the SCTS Library Service.

The main function of this role will be supporting the Sheriff Courts Librarian to deliver the phased creation and management of a professional information and legal research service which will meet the needs of the users of the Sheriff Court.

Once established, the role holder will be expected to be a core part of a service which will deal with a variety of enquiries received by phone, email, and in person. Other core responsibilities will involve assisting the Librarian with stock selection and collection development, cataloguing of materials, training users on electronic resources, and continually working to improve the library services.

As the Sheriff Courts have stock in multiple locations around Scotland some occasional travel may be required to these sites.

The post holder will be supported if they wish to work towards a recognised professional qualification by undertaking the process of Chartership with CILIP, the information professional’s professional body.

In return we offer an interesting work environment, flexible working arrangements; various policies aimed at helping you balance the needs of your work and home life, exclusive offers and discounts, access to funding for further education, vocational qualification, 25 days holiday entitlement, 11.5 days Public and Privilege holidays and a civil service pension. Opportunities for career progression are also excellent.

If you are interested in this challenging and rewarding opportunity, you may apply online at For further information on the post please contact Jennifer Findlay, Library Services Manager, Judicial Office, Parliament House, Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RQ, telephone 0131 240 6799 or email

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service is exempt from the protections of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). This permits us to ask applicants details of both spent and unspent convictions, along with details of any formal cautions that you may have. Individuals without existing security clearance will always be considered as all successful applicants will require a standard level Disclosure check completed before employment can commence. 

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