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Librarian (Reading and Resources Team)
  • Employer: Richmond upon Thames & Wandsworth Borough Council
  • Reference: randw/TP/6063/1435
  • Published: Wed 04/12/2019, 9:44 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 05/01/2020, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £27,690 - £33,554 depending on skills, knowledge and experience
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Greater London

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Librarian (Reading and Resources Team)

Job Description

  • Do you enjoy supporting the development of creative reading & literature promotions and events?

  • Do you have a qualification in Library & Information Science or significant relevant experience?

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 offer in Richmond upon Thames.

Who we are:

Richmond upon Thames Library Service has 12 diverse libraries, the highest book issues per capita and the fastest reservation service in London. This offers the opportunity to be part of a successful and dynamic service.

Job Purpose:

As part of the Reading and Resources Team you will particularly focus on ensuring that customers have access to inspiring collections of books and e-resources; promoting these collections via popular reading events.


  • Working within an efficient and experienced team within a high performing and well-funded library service, you will work to support the further development of creative reading and literature promotions and events; which 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.

  • You will have the opportunity to contribute to further 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 developments and trends in book publishing and adult reading development.

  • Experience of delivering and promoting library services and programmes of events and activities e.g. Richmond’s annual Literature Festival.

  • The ability to manage both physical and digital resources and monitor budgets.

  • Ability to train staff on the Library Management System and maintain the library catalogue to ensure a high-quality customer experience.

  • Experience of using social media and web applications to reach out and engage the local community, across all ages.

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 3311 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 on 0208 871 8825 or to see if we can offer alternative arrangements for you to apply.

Why choose us?

In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance, including 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, childcare vouchers, 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.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date:  Sunday 5th January 2020

Shortlisting Date: W/C 6th January 2020

Interview Date: W/C 20th January 2020

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.

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).