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Weekend Library Assistant

The Role

  • Are you looking for working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance?
  • Do you enjoy participating in rich cultural and community life?
  • Do you thrive on multi-tasking in a busy environment?

If you answered yes, we want to hear from you!

We have exciting opportunities for Weekend Library Assistants, where you will be involved in front-line customer service, receiving and issuing resources, searching for information, helping visitors use the public-access computers, e-resources and self-service kiosks.

As a Weekend Library Assistant, you will need to:

  • multi-task in a busy environment,
  • interact confidently with the public,
  • demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills,
  • have a practical knowledge of a range of IT software and programmes,
  • be familiar with eResources, social media and web applications.

Our Weekend Library Assistants play a vital role in promoting reading, supporting learning and encouraging our many varied library visitors to participate in the rich cultural and community life of Richmond upon Thames.

There are 12 public libraries in the borough, all of them providing a range of services that meet the needs of their local communities. Library staff pride themselves on the high quality and welcoming service they are able to offer local people. 

Working Hours:

Saturday  9.30am – 4.00pm  [5.5 hours] or

Sunday 1.00pm – 5.00pm  [4 hours]

You may be required to work in any of the 12 libraries across the borough, so you will need to be flexible in your attitude to work.

In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance.  These include Compressed hours, annualised hours, term time only, and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays. 

In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities are also offered.

Richmond and Wandsworth are currently reviewing our pay, reward and benefits framework, in partnership with Trade Union colleagues. We are developing different options that make sure we have a fair and transparent system in place.

This post is on a fixed contract in the first instance to March 31 2020 with a possibility of extending the contract.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date:  Sunday 22 September 2019

Shortlisting Date: Week commencing 23 September 2019

Interview Date: Week commencing 30 September 2019

Useful information:

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.

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. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

CVs will be used for shortlisting and supporting statements are not required on this occasion.

The shortlisted applicants will have an opportunity to demonstrate how they meet the skills, knowledge and experience requirements of this role at interview.

Equality Statement

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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