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Librarian Grade 2

Communities and Justice - Sydney, NSW

Government, Defence & Emergency
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  • Law Courts Library, Sydney CBD
  • Talent Pool to be created for all kinds of roles!
  • Salary ($88,449 - $100,356), plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading

About us

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 selected agencies within the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ). It is the only joint state / federal court library of in Australia and is the major law resource for judicial officers in New South Wales.

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 the judiciary and court staff in the administration of justice. It is administered by the Library Services unit within the DCJ.

The DCJ is the lead agency in the Stronger Communities Cluster, which brings all government services targeted at achieving safe, just, inclusive and resilient communities together. The department enables services to better work together to support everyone's right to access justice and other help for families, and strengthen / bolster the promotion of early intervention and inclusion, with benefits for the whole community. Working together for stronger communities means we can continue to deliver our services with a more unified and collaborative approach. This means a greater focus on prevention and early intervention, faster responses, more seamless operations, less duplication of effort and better outcomes.

About the role

Within a client focused team environment, this role provides complex and specialist library and information services to enable clients across NSW to access resources and information efficiently.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Contributing to the delivery of a comprehensive, high quality and timely legal research service to support decision making in courts and tribunals. Providing responses to requests for information of a specialised nature, by researching, analysing, evaluating and organising information to meet the needs of individual clients.
  • Educating clients and staff about library services and resources, through the delivery of training sessions, library tours and on-the-job training. Training is delivered to groups and individual clients and staff members as required. 
  • Contributing to the ongoing development and maintenance of the library collection. Updating the library intranet and website as required.
  • Supporting judicial officers and court staff in the publication of judgments on the NSW Caselaw website.
  • Co-ordinating / supervising discrete library and information management projects, or the operations and systems of a unit, team or library service.
  • Contributing to the management of service delivery, assuming responsibility for complex requests in accordance with Library policies and procedures, and modelling excellent service delivery and providing guidance to other less experienced staff through coaching

For more details on this role, please click here to download the role description.

Essential requirements of the role

  • Qualifications acceptable for professional 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.
  • Experience in the direct provision of complex or specialist library services to clients with the ability to use a wide variety of information resources and related technology. Demonstrated knowledge of legal materials and resources, both in print and digital formats.

About you

In addition to meeting the essential requirements, the successful candidate must demonstrate:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in delivering training sessions
  • The ability to work autonomously and within a team environment
  • Commitment to professional development

Applying for the role

When applying you will need to:

Attach a resume (maximum 5 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 3 pages) outlining how you meet the requirements and capabilities of this role as well as providing answers to the 2 pre-screening questions below:

  • Targeted Question 1

A key aspect of this role is to research, evaluate and organise information in response to complex legal research requests. Describe your experience in providing complex or specialist legal information services including recent examples.

  • Targeted Question 2

Outline your experience delivering training programs for library users and provide an overview of a specific workshop or presentation. Describe how you went about it, including what you needed to consider in the development and preparation of the program as well as any lessons learnt.

Closing date: Sunday 9th May 2021 11:59 PM

For role enquiries please contact Larissa Reid at [email protected] or (02) 9230 8228.

If you experience technical difficulties when submitting your application, please contact [email protected]


To ensure recruitment at the Department of Communities and Justice continues without interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic, some interviews and assessments may be performed using alternative methods.

This may include video interviewing, telephone interviewing and online assessments. If you are successful following review of your application, you may need to perform assessments and/or interviews via online platforms using a PC, laptop or smart phone. By doing so, we will be adhering to the strict social distancing advice currently in place.

Inclusion and Diversity lies at the heart of how we recruit

We continue to hire great people with a wide variety of skills, experience and backgrounds. This includes people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people identifying as LGBTIQ+, culturally and linguistically diverse people, carers and other diversity groups.

If you require an adjustment within the recruitment process, please contact Mary Michael, [email protected] and advise us of your preferred method of communication.

If you are looking for more information about workplace adjustments at DCJ, please visit our Careers site.

A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months. 

Thank you for your interest in this role. We look forward to receiving your application.