Senior Library Assistant
£25,629 - £26,913 per annum
Full Time Vacancy
Newham is an ambitious and vibrant borough, proud to be home to one of the youngest and most diverse cultures in the country, with 220 languages spoken amongst our residents. Newham is an exciting and progressive place to live and work, and as an organisation we are committed to putting people at the heart of everything we do.
About the Job
Newham Libraries is an ambitious library service that plays a pivotal role in improving the quality of life of our residents. Prior to the pandemic the number of visits to libraries and the number of books borrowed were increasing year on year and are now bouncing back again. The service is well placed within the Council and works closely with Public Health and other services. Key priorities for the service are ensuring that our book stock is representative of and relevant to our communities; encouraging Reading for Pleasure for all; developing our Digital Lending offer; building on our innovative approach to the Summer Reading Challenge; developing our Under 5s offer; and delivering a high quality library offer. There are 10 libraries across the borough delivering a high number of opening hours and a large number of events and activities.
Library and Senior Library Assistants have an essential role in delivering this ambition. They carry out a range of tasks including but not limited to: assisting customers with transactions; shelving of books and book displays; providing digital assistance and basic digital skills sessions; information provision and sign-posting; running or supporting events and activities including Under 5s story times; and promoting books and reading. On occasions Library and Senior Library assistants may also be required to support outreach activities or resident forums. As duty managers, Senior Library Assistants may be required to open and close buildings; take bookings and payments; oversee staff activity; and carry out cashing up / banking functions.
The candidate will have excellent customer care skills and experience, will enjoy helping people and be genuinely passionate about the role of libraries in providing a range of opportunities for our residents. They should have libraries or similar customer focused experience, love reading and talking about books, enjoy STEM and digital engagement, have a good level of literacy, numeracy and IT skills, experience of running activities, and enjoy working with the public.
Please view Senior Library Assistant Job Description
Closing date: 9th December 2022
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