ROLE: Business Support Officer (School Libraries)

SALARY:  £30,000 per annum

POST: FIXED TERM – 12 months (35hrs per week)

REPORTS to: Head of Business Support

Secondments will be considered.

The Business Support Officer will be based in Glasgow however during the current COVID-19 arrangements homeworking will be required there will also be occasional travel across Scotland in this role. 


The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) is the independent advisory body to the Scottish Government on library and information services.

SLIC offers leadership focus and support to the Scottish library and information sector, coordinating and promoting national service developments to benefit Scotland's people and enrich our cultural, educational and economic landscape.

Purpose of the job

The Business Support Officer will assist SLIC with the management of the School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF), the engagement with the School Library Community, arrange member focussed events and contribute to the work of the School Library Strategy Implementation Group.  SLIC is seeking an enthusiastic and well motivated individual with excellent organisational and written skills to take up this exciting role within the organisation.

Job scope and context

The Scottish Library and Information Council carries out work on behalf of its members who include all local authority, higher education, further education organisations, NHS Trust library services, as well as other specialist library and information organisations.

The Business Support Officer will work closely with the school library community to ensure SLIC as an organisation continues to support and advocate for library services in the best way possible.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

Specific duties will include:

  • Maintaining an overview of the School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF), manage the operational activity relating to the SLIF, including liaising with members over key dates, ensuring reports are submitted on time, payments made on time and liaise with the Funding Panel as required
  • Liaise with School Library community as required and in particular around the implementation of the National Strategy for school libraries
  • Ensure member best practise is shared and where appropriate communicated more widely
  • Plan and deliver member events as required, including event booking service
  • Provide information and papers for the School Library Strategy Implementation Group
  • Support the work of the office team as required, including working to tight timelines
  • Develop and maintain effective communication channels with SLIC Members, partners and stakeholders
  • Provide progress reports and regular updates on work as part of the team plan
  • Provide regular updates on personal workplan
  • Any other duties as required to support the overall work of SLIC

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate the following:


  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent
  • Hold a qualification in librarianship or equivalent
  • Excellent communication skills and experience of working with different stakeholders
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills
  • Excellent IT and information skills and competencies, including experience of the Microsoft Office package
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Excellent time management and ability to work under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience of working in a small team
  • Ability to work on your own initiative
  • Ability to travel (across Scotland) and stay overnight where required
Knowledge & Experience
Educated to degree level or equivalent Essential
Qualification in librarianship or equivalent Essential
Excellent IT skills & experience of MS Office Essential
Knowledge of current issues and developments in the library and information sectors in Scotland Desirable
Ability to communicate effectively Essential
Ability to prioritise workstreams Essential
Ability to work effectively under pressure Essential
Ability to work as part of a team and under own initiative Essential
Strong analytical and data handling skills Essential
Ability to travel Essential
How To Apply

Please submit your CV and a covering sheet (no more than 500 words) outlining why you are interested in the post to by 12 noon on Thursday August 13th.

Please note: Interviews will take place on 24th August 2020.