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School Librarian

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  • Sector:

    Knowledge & Information Management

  • Job ref:

    DR - 26549

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  • Salary:

    £27,807 - £29,214 Pro Rata

  • Contact:

    Daniel Rose

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School Librarian

£27,807 - £29,214 pro rata

Term Time + 10 days

South East London

Full Time – 35 hours a week

8.00am – 4.00pm



Sue Hill Recruitment are delighted to be recruiting for a Librarian for our education provider client in South East London.


The library is vital to the daily life of the school. The role includes supporting with the promotion and appraisal of an effective learning resource and information service to support learning and teaching, aiming for a lifelong love of learning and reading for pleasure. The role will also provide and manage an efficient resource and information service for staff and students to include all Resource Centre resources (Books, Magazines, electronic devices and Breakfast / After School Clubs).


This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure and the successful applicant will be subject to relevant vetting checks before an offer of appointment is confirmed and will be subject to rechecking as appropriate.


Main purpose of the job

  • Promote core library services - foster a love of reading and reading for pleasure.

  • Support the quality of teaching and learning across the school

  • Develop and manage the School’s Library

  • Organise and manage key events (for example world Book Day)


Duties and responsibilities


·        Promote the development of reading for recreation and take a lead in creating a whole-school environment which encourages reading for pleasure.

·        Manage and promote a wide range of resources in a variety of formats and, where appropriate, the equipment to access them.

·        Lead a programme of events and activities aimed at raising the profiles of reading e.g. World Book Day, author events and competitions.

·        Create and update display boards, providing an attractive environment which is conducive to achieving optimum use of the library - both for purposeful study and for leisure.

·        Support the educational aims and objectives of the school by liaising with Subject Leaders to ensure the library provides appropriate resources to support Independent Learning and other research activities.

·        Work with senior/middle leaders and external organisations where necessary to develop literacy strategies to support learning.

·        Mediate between learners and resources to enable learners to identify, locate and access the information they need.

·        Promote independent research and learning skills by training students and staff to use information resources in order to promote learning and extend patterns of teaching.

·        Enable teaching staff to maintain a high level of awareness of professional development and relevant resources through the provision of appropriate professional materials and information.

·        Advise and work with the Literacy Co-ordinator and the Senior Leadership Team on reader development initiatives.

  • Support intervention programmes relating to reader development.

  • Ensure that the library supports the academic development of students through various avenues. e.g. library-based activities, PSHE programme, local or national events and initiatives etc.

  • Manage the study environment for both curriculum-based and independent learning. This involves the management and integration of both physical areas and virtual learning

environments to create positive learning spaces.

  • Monitor stock usage within the library, making necessary orders in accordance with the

appropriate procedures. Maintain appropriate records of stock and provide usage statistics of books and other items.

  • Select, acquire, maintain and withdraw library stock, ensuring a balance between subject and ability levels and show an active engagement in diversity and equality issues.

  • Plan the library budget, monitor the budget spend, and evaluate the use of the budget to ensure that resources are being used efficiently and effectively.

  • Analyse current educational initiatives and trends in library and information services so that the service is based on the best and most up-to-date information and methods/conduct benchmarking exercises where appropriate.

  • Ensure the library operates in a secure, safe and tidy manner - the resources and materials are maintained in an orderly state for easy retrieval.

  • Supervise students in the library at break, lunch, during library lessons, plus before and after school.

  • Lead a group of student librarians who support in the library.

  • Represent the school with a range of stakeholders, the public, external agencies and organisations

  • Exercise judgements to ensure the SLT are supported in their roles and the Head Teacher is always fully briefed.

  • Have due regard to the school’s Health and Safety policy and the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work legislation

  • Commitment to implementation of the school’s equal opportunities policy


The Post holder may be required to perform duties other than those given above. These may vary from time to time without changing the general level of responsibility. Such variations would not justify the re-evaluation of a post.


Person Specification:


  • Professional library qualifications advantageous but not essential

  • At least 2 years’ experience of working in a Library within an educational establishment or an Information Centre

  • Familiar with school-based database software applications

  • IT literate

  • Experience of working with/supervising young people, including behaviour management.

  • Conversant with library management systems/packages and ICT software.

  • Sound knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, of educational issues and the

  • National Curriculum as they relate to the provision of learning resources.

  • Knowledge and understanding of child protection, safeguarding children and promoting the

welfare of children. (Training will be provided)

  • An understanding of budget management.

  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.

  • The ability to strategically plan towards the library’s key aims and objectives to ensure the

desired outcomes are met.