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Library Assistant

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Part Time, Permanent
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Closed for applications on 23/06/2019 23:59
£18,795-£19,171 (pro rata)
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Closing date:
23 Jun

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This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Summary of Post

Library Assistants support the delivery and promotion of the Library Service. They welcome all library customers and identify their individual needs, actively seeking to meet those needs to provide a quality service and to enable customers to make full use of the facilities available. Staff support the systems and policies for the loan and management of stock, including self-service and use a variety of resources to provide information, including online services.

Staff also take part in the creation, organisation and running of promotional activities and outreach work, as directed by the Library Supervisor; this will include working with children both within the library and in external settings.

The role we are recruiting for:

SGC0924 Library Assistant (Thornbury) Perm/PT 17.25

Interview will be 02/07/2019 at Thornbury Library.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

Assist with providing and delivering services, to all sections of the community, for example, services to children and older people.

Use the library management system and self-service equipment.

Participate in the preparation of new materials, and the maintenance of existing stock through the repair and withdrawal of older materials as directed.

Assist with requests and enquiries which are made either by telephone, email, in writing or face-to-face by searching information through computerised and non-computerised resources.

Help the public use IT and information resources.

Ensure the good order and general tidiness of the service point including the sorting and shelving of materials in the appropriate sequence and assisting with promotions and displays.

Take part in a wide range of promotional activities and outreach work with all ages, including active involvement in rhyme and story times, undertaking craft sessions, hosting reading groups, organising author events, making school visits and visiting community centres.

Handle cash and other receipts and assist with recording, balancing and banking as required or directed.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


Minimum of three GCSE passes at Grade C or above or equivalent including maths and English.

Experience of using ICT equipment, applications and internet.

Enthusiasm for books, multimedia and promotion of reading.

Demonstrate experience of or ability to undertake enquiry work and find information.

Good communication and inter personal skills with colleagues and customers.

Experience of working as part of a team and on own initiative towards achieving collective goals.

Experience of working in an environment where customer care is an important part of service delivery.

Understanding of equal opportunities in the delivery of services including an ability to work with people of all ages.

Ability to respond flexibly to changing needs of service and continuous service improvement.

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours.


Experience of working with the public and any special client groups e.g. children, elderly people.

User of digital technologies including social media.

Additional Information

For further information please contact sandra.turner@southglos.gov.uk or via the Contact Centre on 01454 868006.

Staff are expected to be able to work at the times when libraries are open at any library site along with promotional visits to other groups and locations.

Willingness to undergo training and attend staff meetings, out of normal working pattern if necessary.

Ability to undertake the physical aspects of the job including shelving and counter work; lifting and carrying of books and other materials.

Safer Recruitment

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Our Values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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