Weekend Library Network Assistant - Camberley Library

Posted 18 September by Surrey County Council
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Surrey is one of the largest county councils in the UK and has over 50 libraries across the county. Our library teams deliver a range of services to all members of the public. Times have changed from when all that libraries offered was to lend books and access to a reference collection. Pre-Covid, Weekend Library Network Assistants would help branches support a range of online reference resources, hold computer classes, Rhymetimes and Storytimes, and various other events such as Minecraft sessions and Code Clubs. We also offered a range of services, including library services for the elderly or disabled. We aim to deliver these services again as Covid restrictions ease.

We are looking for a friendly and enthusiastic person, to help us promote and deliver a first class and transforming library service for the people of Surrey.

The successful applicant will have good computer skills, with the ability to support library customers with MS Office and other IT applications. Usually, Weekend Library Network Assistants also deliver children’s activities including Rhymetimes and Storytimes, and support other library events, for example, author talks and IT sessions for customers – we hope to offer these services again as Covid restrictions ease.

To be shortlisted for interview your CV and personal statement will clearly evidence how your skills and experiences to match our job profile – at the bottom of this advert.

We are looking for the following key skills from potential applicants:

  • Assist with enquiries as required
  • Take part in Rhymetime and Storytime
  • Support library events as required, e.g. craft session
  • Ensure borrower records are kept up to date
  • Occasionally working at other branches within the local area

To be shortlisted to interview for this position, your application will clearly evidence:

  • Knowledge of using Microsoft Office packages
  • Ability to use initiative and work under pressure with accuracy
  • A basic understanding of working in a library
  • Positive working attitude towards training and development.

If you thrive on variety, have excellent customer care and communication skills, and are willing to have a go at a wide range of tasks, you will find this an enjoyable and satisfying role.

Staff talk about working for the library service, in this YouTube video: http://library-staff-talk

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This post is 6 hours per week every Saturday, and on a two-week rota.

The attached rota is subject to temporary or long term revision, when required, to meet the needs of the library service, including occasionally covering until 7pm.

Pre-Covid, Weekend Library Network Assistants at Camberley library would also regularly support Lightwater and Frimley Green Libraries which are in the same sub-cluster and travel to other locations to support the wider library network as required. We are aiming to return to this way of working as restrictions ease.

For more information about these libraries please visit our website http://new.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/libraries/your-library/find-your-nearest-library

Surrey County Councils' Library Service is committed to achieving a diverse shortlist to support our desire to increase the number of staff from under-represented groups in our workforce. If you would like to self-declare information about your background to the hiring manager as part of our positive action commitment, please do so.

Additional Information

For an informal discussion contact Claire Eagleton on or by e-mail at .uk. We look forward to receiving your application. 

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 03/10/2020.

Interviews will take place between 17/10/2020 – 24/10/2020.

There are no staff parking facilities at libraries in Surrey, however there are pay and display car parks close to most locations. If using public transport, please check what options are available for you to travel to individual locations, and when making your application, consider your travel costs and arrangements.

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

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