I have enjoyed a long-running career in various libraries across the country which has led to considerable experience and expertise in librarianship. I am a dependable individual who always strives for perfection in everything I do, including the preserving and maintenance of valuable books. My calm temperament and friendly demeanour have repeatedly made me the most eligible candidate for community projects. I am also able to multi-manage several projects at once. Ultimately, I believe that my natural flair for customer service, along with my proficiency in handling both the technological and physical resources in libraries will make me a valuable employee for any library in the country.
|Mar 2013 – Present
||Chief Librarian Greenfield Library
Main duties performed:
- Principally responsible for the finances and funds of the library
- The authority to hire and fire employees
- Responsibility to construct monthly plans on how library funds would be spent
- Teaching new employees about health and safety regulations
- Supervising anybody who uses valuable archives and dated books
- Teaching new employees about their basic duties and responsibilities
- Holding meetings with other librarians in the county to discuss issues such as finances and community campaigns
|Dec 2012 – Mar 2013
||Librarian Greenfield Library
Main duties performed:
- Constructing and running community campaigns (e.g. a raffle to raise money for a cancer charity)
- Running basic literacy classes weekly for the community
- Running basic computer literacy classes weekly for the community
- Providing support and any resources needed for students
- Guiding people on how to utilise the new electronic check-out machines in the library
- Jointly running the Summer Reading Challenge with another colleague
- Guiding people on where to find resources such as government leaflets on taxes and benefits
- Chiefly responsible for a Stop Smoking Campaign, which was well received by the community
- Continually cataloguing, labelling and adding new books, CDs and DVDs to the library system—both physically and electronically
|Jun 2012 – Dec 2012
||Library Assistant Oldham Council
Main duties performed:
- Sorting and stacking books on the correct shelves
- Checking books out physically and stamping return dates
- Helping out in the library cafe occasionally, serving sandwiches and drinks to customers
- Assisting the visitors to the library with any enquiries they have, or if they can’t find a book
- Ordering books online from other libraries for library members.
- Maintaining general library cleanliness and orderliness
- HAB Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality Customer Service.
- Taking part and succeeding in the several workshops run by the library annually (e.g. Computer Literacy, Basic Literacy)
- Excellent Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- The ability to be organised and methodical, something which is essential with the demands of everyday sorting and stacking in a library
- A naturally hospitable and friendly personality which is essential in community-oriented jobs
- Excellent computer literacy which is required in this newly electronic era of libraries
- Highly familiar with the duties and responsibilities of a librarian due to previous experience, which means I only need limited guidance in my new role
- Excellent Customer-Service Skills
Hobbies and interests
As with most librarians, my hobbies involve, first and foremost, reading books. I am also a novice writer of poetry and often participate in the group poetry readings in my local cafe every week. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends on weekends.
Ms Emily Gilbert
Area Manager, Greenfield Library
13 Stone Road, Windmill, TA19 8YH
0223 345 5674
Mr Andrew Osborne
HR Officer, Oldham Council
54 Hull Road, Oldham, OA3 6WP
0080 1335 9999
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- Research will be a vital part of this job, so it is recommended to make it clear from your CV that you possess this skill and are comfortable with doing research on many different topics using a variety of different means/methods/equipment.
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- Qualification vs. Experience: Make it clear from your CV by which route you have become a competent and qualified librarian: either through a University degree in a related field such as Information Management or through work-based training and work experience. The above CV example is based on the latter starting the career as a Library Assistant.
- Demonstrate your passion for knowledge and information (by mentioning that you enjoy reading, writing, researching information, helping people with finding the books or journals that they are looking for, etc.).
£18.000 – £28.000
Degree or Relevant Work Experience
37+ hours per week
Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and library visitors
Using a computer for administrative duties and accessing the catalogue
The ability to provide an unforgettable customer service experience to members of the public
Giving speeches and presentations to a large audience/group of people of all ages
Having a passion for books, knowledge and information
Answering the phone, organising folders, photocopying and scanning documents