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The Role

  • Do you have the experience and passion to support the development of creative reading & literature promotions and events?
  • Do you have a qualification in Library & Information Science or significant experience in public libraries, publishing or another relevant role? 
If you answered yes, we would love to hear from you!
We are currently recruiting for a Librarian to join our Reading and Resources Team. You will have the opportunity to be part of a team developing, promoting and delivering the library service in Richmond upon Thames.
Who we are:
Richmond upon Thames Library Service has 12 community libraries, the highest book issues per capita and the fastest reservation service in London. This offers someone with drive and commitment the opportunity to be part of a successful and dynamic service.
Job Purpose:
As part of the Reading and Resources Team you will focus on ensuring that customers have access to inspiring collections of books and e-resources; promoting these collections via reading events in person and online.
  • Working within an efficient and creative team for a prestigious and well-funded library service, you will work to support the further development of creative reading and literature promotions and events that provide opportunities for people to come together to share and extend their reading experiences.
  • You will deliver services for the discerning residents of Richmond upon Thames, who highly value their library service and demand that our stock reflects their wide-ranging tastes.
  • You will have the opportunity to contribute to developing successful annual events programmes and improving Richmond’s already enviable position as one of the highest achieving library services in London.
You will need:
  • A recognised qualification in Library & Information Science or significant relevant experience.
  • An up-to-date knowledge of authors, book prizes and trends in book publishing. Detailed understanding of adult reading development including National campaigns and initiatives. 
  • Experience of delivering and promoting library services and event programmes to live and digital audiences, e.g an Annual Literature Festival.
  • Experience of selecting and purchasing books for lending and managing both physical and digital resource budgets.
  • Ability to train staff on the Library Management System and maintain the library catalogue to ensure a high-quality customer experience.
  • Experience of delivering successful digital marketing campaigns that target specific audiences, utilising a variety of social media platforms and web applications to engage the local community
All the Librarians (across all teams) in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Library Service work to a generic Librarian Job Profile, however this particular role is situated in the Reading and Resources Team and therefore prioritises the above areas.
Working hours:
The working hours are 36 hours a week, timetabled as alternate long and short weeks; working two Saturdays in four and up to two late nights a week.
The role includes occasional Sunday and additional evening working as required. A flexible approach to fulfilling the needs of the service is necessary. 
You will be based in Richmond but will be required to travel to other libraries and locations around Richmond upon Thames as necessary.
Please contact Joanne Withers, Reading and Resources Manager on 020 8734 3357 or for an informal conversation about the role.
If this is the type of career path you have been looking for, you meet our criteria, and you would like to join our team, we look forward to receiving your application.
How to apply:
Please submit your CV and a supporting statement addressing how you meet the requirements of this role. If you are having difficulty in applying online, please contact the Recruitment Team at to see if we can offer alternative arrangements for you to apply.
We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities. 
In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.
Indicative Recruitment Timeline
Closing Date: Sunday 28 March 2021
Shortlisting Date: To be confirmed
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Useful Information:
The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 
Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible.
Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible. 
We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our teams, including BAME and other ethnic minorities.
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer. 
Important Information: 
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

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