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Library & Knowledge Services Manager

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum
Closing date
11 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Hywel Dda University Health Board's Library & Knowledge Services Department are dynamic and forward-thinking and are currently seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and innovative librarian to join the teams based in Carmarthen.

Our library services play a crucial role in supporting healthcare professionals, students and researchers. As a hospital based librarian, you'll contribute to patient care, education, training, evidence-based practice and research needs.

The role involves overseeing facilities, managing the library space, promoting the work of the library, as well as providing training to support the acquirement of information and knowledge including training on research skills, citation tools, digital resources and database usage, tailoring sessions to different audiences.

The post holder will support and work closely with other librarians from across the other Health Board sites and will forge close links with University partners and other external stakeholders.

Main duties of the job

  • You'll manage and inspire teams, helping them understand the impact they make on frontline staff and patients
  • Support the strategic vision of the Library and Knowledge Services Department across the Health Board
  • Manage the hospital library, including physical and digital resources
  • Provide research assistance to clinicians, nurses, and other staff
  • Curate relevant medical literature and resources
  • Collaborate with departments to enhance knowledge sharing
  • Develop and deliver training sessions
  • Stay updated on healthcare trends and emerging technologies

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 12,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

47 general practices (6 of which are managed practices), 45 dental practices (including 4 orthodontic), 96 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 18/07/24

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • First degree or postgraduate degree level qualification in Librarianship, Information Management, Information Science
  • Chartered Librarian or equivalent experience such as: Completion of an academic program accredited by CILIP, or practical experience in a library and/or information settings. This could involve working in libraries, archives, or related roles.
  • Experience of working in a library or previous management experience in a related area
  • Knowledge of Library/Information Management systems
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation copyright, data protection


  • Member of CILIP or FEDIP
  • Formal or Professional qualification in IT or Teaching
  • Knowledge and understanding of the healthcare environment
  • An understanding of current information/library developments



  • Proven track record of managing a library, information service or related environment, including managing staff and budgets
  • Experience of managing, promoting, and using electronic resources
  • Evidence of contribution to improving quality
  • Experience of planning and implementing service developments
  • Experience of literature searching using a variety of bibliographic/citation databases


  • Experience of working in a health library environment
  • Experience of e-resources management
  • Budgetry/ procurement experience
  • Ability to market and publicise events
  • Experience of delivering information and/or digital literacy skills training and/or critical appraisal skills training
  • Using generative AI (Artificial Intelligence) research tools

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Glangwili General Hospital


SA31 2AF

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