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Davenies SchoolBeaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

The Librarian is responsible for the smooth running of the School’s two Libraries – The Ellis Library and The Pre-Prep Library. They are responsible for acquiring, organising, managing and distributing library resources and ensuring that the library provision meets the needs of all its users. The Librarian will also coordinate the Accelerated Reader scheme and support the children and staff in the success of this programme.

The Librarian will report on a day-to-day basis to the Head of the English Department.

The successful candidate will:

  • have gained a good general education including A-Levels or equivalent qualifications
  • preferably have experience working with children in a school environment or in a library
  • be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about literature, particularly children’s literature
  • be confident in the use of basic technology (experience of Junior Librarian (MLS) is desirable but not essential as training will be given)
  • have good numeracy/literacy and clerical skills and be confident in using ICT
  • have the creative ability to create displays to ensure the library is a stimulating environment
  • be able to work constructively as part of a team
  • be able to work under his/her own initiative and have a positive approach to problem solving
  • display commitment to the protection and safeguarding of children
  • be professional in their appearance, conduct and time keeping
  • have a sense of humour and be approachable and patient

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Manage the Libraries in consultation with the Head of English
  • Liaise with teachers over resources for topics on curriculum
  • Manage and supervise the pupils appointed as Librarians
  • Order new books and catalogue them on the library MLS and AR systems
  • Control the library budget
  • Issue and control availability of books including overdue books
  • Run weekly lessons with Pre-Prep classes to choose books and read stories
  • Ensure good discipline is maintained in the Libraries
  • Supervise break and lunch times in The Ellis Library
  • Ensure the Libraries are kept clean and tidy
  • Create and maintain library displays to promote books and reading
  • Establish good relations with the pupils, encouraging reading and advising boys on suitable literature depending on their ability and interests
  • Assist teachers during library lessons
  • Develop and run library lessons
  • Devise and run World Book Day activities in conjunction with Head of English

Accelerated Reader Scheme

  • Act as administrator for the Accelerated Reader (AR) scheme
  • Work with the English Department to analyse and advise on pupil reading 
  • Be available during daily breaks and form period to supervise quizzing and choice of books
  • To assess and provide a range of books in the AR scheme, updating new books constantly
  • Create and instigate new ideas and competitions to keep boys focused on AR and reading
  • Advise children on a suitable choice of book depending on their reading interests and abilities
  • Attend Year 3 & 4 Parents Evening with regard to AR
  • Work with Learning Support with regard to those boys who need guided reading
  • Follow boys whose reading needs monitoring and encouraging 

Working Hours & Remuneration

  • 36 hours per week across 4 or 5 days during term-time, plus an additional two weeks during the holidays 
  • A competitive salary will be offered in accordance with experience and qualifications 

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