Bibliographic Services Team Leader

Closing Date
Contact Officer
Shirley Bateman – Coordinator Resources & Reader Development, Creative City 
Contact Number
City of Melbourne Council, VIC


Bibliographic Services Team Leader

Employment Type: Permanent

Branch: Creative City

Location: Library at The Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade

Position Summary

  • An exciting leadership opportunity where you will make a difference in the community through exceptional library services
  • Permanent full-time opportunity (35 hours per week)
  • $97,080 – $109,271 (dependent on skills & experience) + 11% Superannuation

About City of Melbourne

Situated on the traditional lands of the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung peoples of the Kulin nation, Melbourne has long been considered one of the world’s most liveable and prosperous cities and a thriving, successful example of multiculturalism and diversity.  At the heart of this is the City of Melbourne, a proud organisation positioned to excel as a leading capital city by delivering what matters most to those who work, live, study, visit and invest here.

We are the City Of Melbourne, a place to be bold and inspirational.

About the Role:

We are seeking a dynamic and visionary Bibliographic Services Team Leader to join our City of Melbourne Libraries team. In this role, you will be at the forefront of providing high-quality library and information services to our vibrant community. Working closely with the Library Leadership Team, you will play a pivotal role in developing and delivering a world-class library service through innovative leadership and continuous improvement initiatives. Your responsibilities will include strategic management of shelf-ready services and Interlibrary Loans, as well as leading our dedicated Bibliographic Services team.

As a leader within our organisation, you will embody our core values and foster a culture of achievement, collaboration, and excellence. Additionally, you'll work collaboratively across departments to ensure that our services align with the diverse needs of our community.

We're looking for a forward-thinking individual who is committed to delivering outstanding customer service and staying abreast of the latest trends and best practices in Bibliographic Services. You'll be responsible for managing shelf-ready services and Interlibrary Loans, developing policies and processes, and providing expert advice on Library Management Systems and database management. With a keen eye for budget management and risk assessment, you'll ensure that our services represent the best value for our community.

To view full position description, please see attached document on job application page in “Position Information”.

What you will bring to the role:


  • Tertiary qualification in appropriate discipline such as Librarianship, Management and/or 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading a team to achieve high performance outcomes with coaching skills to develop team capabilities, team cohesion and the ability to effectively manage conflict and under performance.
  • Experience in managing shelf-ready services, good knowledge of standard cataloguing and authority control tools.
  • Demonstrated strategic knowledge of library collection management. 
  • Proven knowledge of Library Management Systems, such as Spydus, and sources of bibliographic data, including Libraries Australia.
  • Ability to manage time, plan, and organize own work effectively, while also adeptly navigating challenging situations to deliver optimal outcomes.
  • Ability to display empathy and understanding with all sections of the community, including people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with disabilities.

What we can offer you at City of Melbourne

  • Attractive Remuneration & Benefits: Excellent pay package with a range of exciting benefits. Flexible working, salary packaging, excellent leave entitlements; including 20 Weeks paid parental leave, study assistance & great corporate discounts through our CoM Unity Employee Benefits program.
  • Career Progression: Career development support and opportunities to learn new skills within a creative and exciting environment
  • Permanent Full Time Opportunity: Permanent full time opportunity based in one of our beautiful Melbourne CBD offices.
  • Work-Life Balance and Hybrid Working: At the City of Melbourne, we champion work-life balance; manage your own schedule, work from home, and explore alternative work arrangements, including ADO options.
  • Vibrant and Ambitious Team: A collaborative team of passionate people who are dedicated to shaping the future of Melbourne for visitors and residents.

How to apply…

If you're ready to take on a challenging yet rewarding role where you can make a real impact, join us at the City of Melbourne and help shape the future of our library services.

As part of the online application form you are required to:

  • Attach your resume
  • Attach a cover letter outlining ‘What you will bring to the Role’ (no more than 2 pages)

Please submit your application encompassing all of the above by 11:45pm Sunday 14th April 2024.

For further information about the position please refer to the position description below or contact Shirley Bateman – Coordinator Resources & Reader Development, Creative City via email:  

Please be aware that we are actively recruiting for this position so you may be contacted prior to application close date.

For those interested in working with us, the City of Melbourne offers a great range of benefits.  If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact

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City of Melbourne is proud to be a workplace that champions diversity. Our commitment is for our people to be safe, included and supported so that they can be at their best.  As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from people regardless of their gender identity and expression, ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation, disability and age. We look for the right values, skills and knowledge to build our capabilities so that we can best deliver for our community.

Closing Date: 14/04/2024

Position Information, PD and to Apply available HERE

Application Guide: View Guide