School Librarian (Temporary)

North Ayrshire Council
04 Sep 2017
19 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Role Profile

Temporary until 29th June 2018


Responsibility for the management, organisation and development of the school resource centre and associated resources.


Corporate Responsibilities

  • To undertake individual role in line with the Council's Strategic Priorities and in compliance with the Council's corporate policies and procedures.
  • To undertake any other reasonably required duties as instructed by Management or someone acting on their behalf, in addition to the role specific tasks & responsibilities detailed below.

Role Specific Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Effectively develop the resource centre to support learning and teaching across the curriculum ensuring efficient acquisition, management and organisation of resources, and appropriate access to resources and facilities.
  • Set targets and manage the resource centre budget.
  • Support staff and pupils in accessing appropriate information and resources for class based curricular use, resource centre based curricular use, independent study, or recreation.
  • Develop the facilities of the resource centre to support the school's ICT strategy and support pupils and staff in their use.
  • Develop and implement policy and procedure for the resource centre in consultation with senior staff.
  • Ensure that the resource centre plan supports the priorities of the school development plan and reflects North Ayrshire Council's vision, values and aims.
  • Develop performance monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for the school resource centre and prepare reports for the senior management team.
  • Develop and effectively deploy computerised resource centre management systems to support learning and teaching.
  • Support teachers in developing and delivering curriculum based information literacy initiatives.
  • Support access to web based information including the Council website and the Community and Culture website.
  • Enable access to external resources and information which impact on learning and teaching.
  • Support and promote reading for enjoyment including providing appropriate book events, author visits, book fairs and exhibitions.
  • Contribute to and identify opportunities for primary/secondary school liaison in collaboration with colleagues in Information and Culture.
  • Be committed to continuing personal and professional development relevant to the school resource centre.
  • Provide careers information and support access, liaising with Skills Development Scotland on effective development.
  • Participate in appropriate working groups at authority level.
  • Assist in ensuring that the Council's Health and Safety policies are implemented in all aspects of work.
  • Liaise with primary and special schools in the cluster. Plan and oversee initiatives in local libraries in conjunction with Area Librarian, local library staff and other Community & Culture staff.
  • Responsible for the continuing development of primary school libraries by advising school staff and, in more demanding circumstances, liaising with Greenwood Centre Librarian to organise central support. Monitor the annual collation of statistics for the Scottish Library and Information Council's Quality Indicators and report problems to Greenwood Centre Librarian.
  • Monitor the Information Literacy arrangements for primary and secondary schools in order to ensure progression in information skills is embodied across the curriculum.   Develop use of the Information Toolkit, including opportunities such as class visits to local libraries.
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to the resource centre as requested by the head teacher or nominee.






Education and Qualifications

  • Graduate/post graduate qualification in library and information science
  • Chartered librarian status.
  • Application Form
  • Interview



  • Experience in libraries in the education sector.
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

Specialist Knowledge

  • Knowledge of ICT and the curriculum
  • Commitment to CPD
  • Knowledge of young people's reading interest
  • Experience of computerised library management systems
  • Experience of developing and delivering web based information
  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • Pre/Post-Interview Check (if appropriate)

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively with teachers, pupils.
  • Driving licence
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview




  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • Pre/Post-Interview Check (if appropriate)

Staff Values & Behaviours

North Ayrshire Council uses behavioural based approach throughout the recruitment process. Our staff values of Focus, Passion & Inspiration will be explored for this vacancy.

Further information on how to complete behaviour based application form questions is available on the Council's website.




We put our customers first

We understand the bigger picture


  • Provide excellent customer services
  • Meet and where possible exceed the expectations of internal and external customers.
  • Understand the performance levels and standards required within our own role and strive to achieve and where possible exceed these.
  • Know how the work we do fits into the overall performance of the Council.


We take pride in the jobs we do

We are ambitious for our community

  • Take ownership of our own actions and performance.
  • Reflect on the work we do and consider how it could be improved.
  • Have a positive impact on the lives of our customers and their communities.
  • Push the boundaries to help our customers and communities realise their potential.


We all look for better ways to deliver our services

We achieve the best results together

  • Find new ways to deliver improvements, efficiencies and value for money.
  • Embrace change with enthusiasm and creative ideas.
  • Work together and creatively produce the best outcomes for our customers and communities.
  • Plan all activities with the end goal in mind.

Additional Informatin


This post is considered Regulated Work with Children and Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offense to apply if you are barred from working with children or protected adults

Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check, prior to confirmation of employment being made by North Ayrshire Council.  Please note, successful candidates will be expected to meet the cost of the relevant PVG check (£59 or £18), which will be deducted in instalments from your wages following commencement of employment.  For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit


For your information if this post requires references you will be notified of further details if you are successful in gaining an interview. Not providing relevant references when requested may delay the outcome of the interview process