There are many different types of librarian and information professional roles based in the legal sector, to be found not just in large legal firms, or the Inns of Court, but also within industry, academic libraries and within government. For more information on careers working with legal information, check out the website of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians.
This section covers those librarians/ information roles in government departments and agencies, parliamentary and national libraries. Roles have been fairly hard-hit in the financial crisis.
London is still the main centre for this kind of role, but with increased regionalisation of departments and NGOs, this is less the case than in the past. If you are interested in roles in this sector, you might also find it interesting to look at the Network of Government Library and Information Specialists.
In terms of Social Sciences, Health Librarians or Information Professionals may work in the following fields…
For more information, why not check out the following organisations: University Health and Medical Librarians Group, NHS Health Libraries Group, CILIP Health Libraries Group, Association of Mental Health Librarians.
One of the most commonly encountered Librarian/Information roles, Librarians in Further or Higher Education have varied roles with many varying responsibilities. It is still fairly common to have subject specialist librarians, who are responsible for supporting specific disciplines (eg. Politics, Economics etc…) Sometimes these librarians will have to take on a range of departments. These Librarians are sometimes called liaison librarians, subject librarians or something along these lines.
Their role varies, but usually includes providing training and advice to students, checking reading lists and ordering materials for the library (including online resources), exploring new resources (especially new databases) representing the library at departmental meetings and involvement in stock management decisions.
Other roles in academic libraries include cataloguing new acquisitions (sometimes also done by the subject librarians), ordering and processing stock (some Acquisitions staff have responsibility for multi-million pound budgets), being responsible for services provided to the user (eg. circulation duties- such as checking items in, and dealing with those who owe large amounts of fines).
Why not check out our Sccop.it page to keep up to date with the issues in this sector? Access is free: Higher Education News for Libraries and Librarians
Supporting Practitioners in Health and Social Care.
ALISS conference 11th February 2015
- Sue Jardine, Information Specialist, How SCIE supports the information needs of health and social care professionals
- Jo Wood, Cafcass –Build it and they will come: developing an in-house service for practitioners.
- Margaret Anderson, Trials Search Coordinator, Searching systematically: supporting authors of Cochrane reviews.
ALISS Xmas Special: Legal Deposit in the Digital Age, 16th December 2014
- Legal Deposit in a Digital Age: an overview- Andrew Davis
Legal Deposit Publisher Relations Manager, The British Library
- Building a Collection of the Historical UK Web for scholarly use Helen Hockx-Yu
Head of Web Archiving, The British Library
- The Digital Documents Harvesting and Processing Tool (Document Harvester)- Jennie Grimshaw, Lead Curator, Social Policy & Official Publications, The British Library