Windsor and Maidenhead
DR - 26438
£25,553 - £29,097 D.O.E
Library Inclusion Officer – 0.5 FTE
£25,553 - £29,097 pro rata
Part Time hours – 18.5 per week
About the company
Sue Hill Recruitment are delighted to be working with this Berkshire based client, who has recently undergone a fairly significant and disruptive Library Transformation process and are now looking to add a Library Inclusion Officer to the team, to ensure that all customers are able to benefit from a comprehensive and efficient library service that meets their needs, drives aspiration and remains accessible to all including the most vulnerable whilst demonstrating excellent value for money for the council taxpayer.
The Library Advocacy, Performance and Business Improvements team is responsible for Libraries promotion, purchasing library stock, arranging, and supporting events, social media and the development of promotion strategies. It also involves liaising with schools, creating, and delivering literacy session often to hard-to-reach communities.
The job requirements also include writing copy for promotions, the ability to build strong links with partners and the delivery projects to their conclusion.
It is a busy and varied role that encompasses everything from dressing up in character costumes to delivering children’s events to writing reports and presenting to senior managers. A sense of humour and the ability to stay calm, under pressure, are essential. This is an exciting opportunity to join a busy and vibrant team.
The right person for this role must have a passion for inclusive reading and learning. You must be confident presenter with the ability to engage with an audience. You will need to be able to create and deliver engaging sessions for children and adults and be responsible for helping to deliver the Bookstart program within the framework set out by The Book Trust.
What you’ll be doing
• Work with the Library and Resident Contact Management Team and colleagues in Adult Social Care, Children’s Services and Health to identify targeted groups.
• Using tools such as the Comprehensive Needs Analysis, Joint Strategic Needs Analysis and other relevant sources, develop and implement approved action plans to ensure all residents have access to the full range of library services regardless of levels of deprivation.
• Work closely with education and schools to ensure that activity targets the most vulnerable young people. Use pupil premium information to ensure that the children in greatest economic need benefit from library services.
• Be part of the Pupil Premium Champions network, hosted and led by education to establish and promote the wider library services available to families.
• Purchase, maintain and develop high-quality stock collections within a set budget.
• Keep up to date and anticipate the release of new publications and trends in reading, in order to select and promote collections that meet demand without delay.
• Maintain awareness of and stay abreast of developments in the book world and develop professional relationships with contacts in the books, reading and publishing world.
• Purchase adequate stock sufficient in number, range, and quality to meet any special requirements of adults and children who meet identified deprivation indices, encouraging those adults and children to make full use of library services.
• Develop opportunities for structured and unstructured forms of interaction and engagement, including study space and access to browsing facilities, within libraries to meet the needs of targeted individuals and groups.
• Develop a programme of activity both digital and physical that includes identified targets individuals and groups to reflect the four national universal offers: Reading, Information & Digital, Culture & Creativity and Health & Wellbeing.
• Ensure all children have access to library services including reading for enjoyment.
• Contribute to suitable project working as necessary.
• Develop positive relationships with stakeholders, partners and potential customers.
• Undertake direct customer service delivery for a specified proportion of the working week, including weekends and evenings.
• Use appropriate new technologies and methods to promote events, activities and services and reach new customer groups
• Deliver a programme of training for all staff to ensure they are equipped and competent to meet the reading needs of the child in need.
• Ensure colleagues have an understanding and are able to advance the contribution of library and information services to communities, especially to the most vulnerable.
• Promote and support libraries in their role as community hubs, that operate as a gateway to physical and digital information and are used by a range of partners to bring people together, giving them access to a greater breadth and depth of services and support.
• Help residents navigate access to digital and physical information sources and books to enrich lives, reduce dependency and encourage good decision-making.
• Manage the Bookstart and BookAhead initiatives
Why you will be hired
To be considered for this role you will require:
• Qualified in library or information science or Chartered Librarian beneficial
• First degree or NVQ level 3 or equivalent knowledge and experience gained through work related public/school library experience
• Awareness of the value of library and reading support services
• Good skills in use of ICT for delivery of modern working practices
• Excellent customer service skills
• Strong communication skills
• Excellent levels of numeracy skills
• Ability to understand the value of library services
• Specialist knowledge of books, authors and reading in a public or school library context beneficial
• Experience in event planning, organisation and review
• Ability to monitor and manage allocated budgets
• Ability to plan and deliver events and activities
• Excellent levels of staff & team influencing skills
• Excellent levels of library stock management expertise
• Ability to write reports for senior staff and elected Members
• Experience in developing, leading and delivering reading development activity
• Ability to create & deliver training sessions
The job is very physical in nature therefore the following is required: The ability to lift and carry boxes of craft materials and books, to assemble and dismantle shelving units, to move laden trolleys, display units and shelving on castors, to move tables and chairs and other similar items of furniture, to walk up and down stairs and to stand on your feet for extended periods of time.