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Library Assistant - Caterham Valley
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/2485/29052
  • Published: Mon 21/11/2022, 12:36 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 21/12/2022, 12:36 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 15 hours per week
  • Salary: £8,634 per annum (pro-rated from £20,722 per annum)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Caterham

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Library Assistant - Caterham Valley

The starting salary for this role is £8,634 per annum (£20,722 FTE) for working 15 hours per week on a two-week rota.This role will be based at Caterham Valley Library, Stafford Road, Caterham, Surrey CR3 6JG and Caterham Hill Library, Westway, Caterham on the Hill, Surrey CR3 5TP.

Surrey is one of the largest county councils in the UK and has over 50 libraries across the county. Times have changed from when all that libraries offered was to lend books and access to a reference collection. Now, in addition to lending books and providing a range of online reference resources, we are able to offer a range of services including library services for the elderly or disabled.

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

Educated to GCSE level or equivalent, you will have good computer skills, with the ability to support library customers with MS Office and other IT applications. Library Assistants also deliver children’s activities including Rhymetimes and Storytimes, and support other library events, for example author talks and IT sessions for customers. In the absence of a senior member of staff they take responsibility for the day-to-day delivery of the service, and the building. They also support weekend staff, volunteers and volunteer activities. This role will involve periods of lone working.

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

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

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

  • Experience of working within a customer service environment
  • An ability to work effectively under pressure in a busy multi-tasking environment, independently as well as part of a team
  • An interest in, and an enthusiasm for, books and reading, information delivery, and virtual services
  • Flexibility towards work patterns. 

To be shortlisted for interview your CV and 800-word personal statement will clearly evidence how your skills and experiences match the job description.

Please note that the below rota is subject to temporary or long-term revision when required to meet the needs of the library service, including occasionally covering until 7pm.

Week One:
Monday: OFF
Tuesday: 10am - 2pm
Wednesday: 10am - 2pm
Thursday: OFF
Friday: 2pm - 5pm
Saturday: 9.30am - 2.30pm

Week Two:
Monday: 2pm - 5pm
Tuesday: 10am - 2pm
Wednesday: 10am - 2pm
Thursday: OFF
Friday: 2pm - 5pm
Saturday: OFF

Although based at Caterham Valley Library and Caterham Hill Library, you will also work regularly at Oxted, Redhill and Warlingham Libraries which are in the same group and will travel to other locations to support the wider library network as required. 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.

For more information about these libraries please visit our website.

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