Library Team

The Library Team is central to modern healthcare.  Like other teams in the NHS, it has people with a variety of qualifications working at different levels.  The team works with colleagues and each other providing information and guidance to those seeking information.  As in other libraries, information is provided via books, journals, in electronic format and via the internet. 
 
Librarians are Knowledge Managers: people who provide access to a wide range of published information. NHS libraries are based within hospitals and national organisations.  Librarians and their staff in hospitals support clinicians by making reference information available to assist with making diagnoses and prescribing treatment. 
 
Additionally libraries support NHS staff in developing their knowledge whether they are keeping up to date or progressing to a new level. Libraries are often open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but staff usually work core hours, for example, 9am to 5pm. 
 
The team is led by the Professional Manager Library Services who manages the service across the Health Board/Trust. National NHS organisations also have libraries.  Most NHS libraries are staffed by a small number of people.  
 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Aberystwyth University offers a distance learning degree, which takes between 3 to 5 years to complete, which leads to a BSc Econ in Information and Library Studies.
 

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

These are a rough guide - please contact the institution for exact entry requirements.
 
A Level
Grades CCC (240 UCAS Points)
GCSE
Grade C in English or Welsh
 
Equivalent qualifications may be considered.  Seek advice from the institution. 

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants are NOT dealt with by UCAS.  Applications should be made directly to the Department of Information Studies
 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Openings exist in NHS Trusts/Health Boards, in national health organisations, and in universities which train health professionals. 
 
Library technicians are encouraged to gain a qualification in the use of computers and computer software. The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) website gives information about short courses and how to gain CILIP Certification, chartership and fellowship. Please click here for further details. 
 
Additionally CyMAL: Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales offers a wide range of training courses for those working in the library sector in Wales. Please click here for details.
 
Newly qualified Assistant Librarians enter the profession at Band 5 on the NHS pay scale.  After gaining experience, some librarians specialise or go into management.  Librarians may choose to continue with academic qualifications such as a Masters and/or they can progress using the framework of qualifications offered by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals via Chartership and Fellowship. 
 
Other linked sectors which health librarians might want to consider working within include universities, pharmaceuticals, government, charities and bodies which support health professionals such as the Royal College of Nursing or the British Medical Association.
 
Agenda for Change Band
Examples of Roles
2
Library Technician Entry Level
3
Library Technician
4
Library Technician Higher Level
5
Assistant Librarian
6
Librarian Specialist; Librarian Team Leader
7
Librarian Service Manager
8
Professional Manager Library Services
 
Please click here for details on NHS pay and conditions.
 
For employment opportunities, see NHS Jobs website www.jobs.nhs.uk.
 

STUDENT SUPPORT

Students will be responsible for any tuition fees. Please contact the institution directly for details of current tuition fees. 

Information on funding sources may be obtained from the institution. Student loans may be available, for further details please click here.

FURTHER CONTACTS

Academic Institutions
 
Professional Association
 
 
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Last updated: 10 April 2013