24 June 2014 Last updated at 17:10, 11/12/2015

Learning resources manager

Learning resources managers work in a variety of educational settings including schools, further education colleges and more specialised institutions such as armed forces colleges. This role could include a wider responsibility for IT facilities and the management of staff and budgets as well as traditional service functions.

Alternative job titles include learning centre manager and school librarian amongst others.

Qualifications

  • An accredited library and information qualification is usually required
  • Chartered Membership of CILIP (MCLIP) is advantageous in demonstrating an ongoing engagement with the profession.

  • A teaching qualification might be beneficial
  • An IT qualification might be beneficial
  • A vocational qualification such as Pttls or AIG might be beneficial

Skills

  • Ability to provide front line customer service in a courteous and welcoming manner
  • Excellent Internet and IT skills including the use of library management systems and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to organise staff and resources
  • Ability to work within a team and encourage others
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all members of the community
  • Ability to work well with young people and also deal with challenging behaviour and conflict management
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for children’s literature
  • Cataloguing and classification skills
  • Awareness of current developments in service management
  • Self-motivated and able to work under own direction
  • Proactive and imaginative in approach to provision and promotion of services
  • Experience of line managing staff, including appraisals and performance management
  • Experience of implementing policies and procedures
  • Enthusiasm, stamina and a willingness to work unsociable hours when necessary

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