The starting salary for this role is £19,422 per annum based on a 36-hour working week.
This post is 36 hours per week (two-week rota) including alternate Saturdays and a 7pm finish once a week.
Please note that, depending on the library being worked at, start and finish times may vary between 9am and 7pm, and that the rota is also subject to revision to meet the needs of the library service.
This position includes working at Addlestone, Knaphill, West Byfleet and Woking libraries.
Surrey is one of the largest county councils in the UK and has over 50 libraries across the county. Our library teams deliver a range of services to all members of the public. 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 also hold computer classes, Rhymetimes and Storytimes, and various other events such as Minecraft sessions and Code Clubs. 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 and transforming library service for the people of Surrey.
Educated to GCSE level or equivalent, the successful applicant 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 building and the day to day delivery of the service. They also support weekend staff, volunteers and volunteer activities.
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
There are no staff parking facilities at libraries in Surrey, however there are 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.
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For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.Additional Information
The job advert closes at 23:59 on Sunday 15th May 2022.
Interviews will take place week commencing 23rd May 2022.
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave (pro rata for part time staff), rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.Company Information
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