Overview

Salary: £18198 – £18933

Shift hours: Part Time

Coventry City Council’s Library and Information Service is a public facing service operating for the benefit of local communities and the wider city.   
Providing services from the central library and 16 local libraries (3 of which are community led) Coventry libraries provide a unique ‘cradle-to-grave’ service bringing individuals and communities together.   
Public libraries acquire, organise and provide access to a range of information and reading resources to meet the diverse needs of a community.  We actively support independent learning and encourage reader development, also providing information on areas such as:

  • Local and national government services, 
  • Learning opportunities,  
  • Leisure activities, and  
  • Local community news and events  

We also play an important role in providing access to computers and the internet for those who are digitally excluded.   
The Library Service works in partnership with local, regional and national organisations to provide a full and wide-ranging service offer.  Partners include: 

  • Arts Council England 
  • BBC  
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport 
  • Libraries Connected  
  • Public Health England, and  
  • Reading Agency 

Libraries are uniquely placed to change lives for the better. They are busy and vibrant open spaces, not only providing access to books but also helping people to help themselves and improve their opportunities. By providing practical support and guidance, libraries play a critical role in enabling and empowering people to realise their potential, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 

 

Our Values are:

What is the job role?

We are recruiting for two fixed-term contracts until 31st December 2021 salary will be pro-rata to the number of hours worked:

Post 1 – Willenhall Library 24.5hrs per week working Monday (9.45 – 7pm), Thursday (1pm- 7pm), Friday (9.45-1pm & 4pm – 7pm), and every Saturday afternoon (1pm – 4pm) at Jubilee Library.

Post 2 – Central Library 26hrs per week working Wednesday (11 am – 7 pm), Thursday (11 am- 4 pm), Friday (11 am – 7 pm), and alternate Saturdays (8.30 am – 4.30 pm) and Sundays (11.30 – 4 pm). Average working hours will be 26hrs over a two-week rota.

As a Library and Information Assistant, you will undertake duties relating to the day-to-day operation of library service points, contributing to a high level of customer service and operational efficiency.

  • First point of contact for library visitors
  • Good communication skills
  • Helping people to use IT
  • Answering questions on a wide variety of subjects
  • Delivering events and activities for example Rhyme times
  • Moving books around the library
  • Creating book displays

Who are we looking for?

  • With excellent customer service skills
  • A knowledge of how to use IT
  • Who is resourceful and has good problem solving skills
  • With the ability to lead events
  • With an eye for keeping library spaces welcoming to all
  • Who wants to share their passion for books and reading

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled ‘Coventry City Council Application Process’

Interview date(s):  Friday 11th June 2021

 

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There’s a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you’re happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We’ve created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;   

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

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Location: Coventry, CV1 1FY