Library and Resource Co-ordinator, Southwark

Closing date:Expiring tomorrow

Ark Globe AcademySouthwark

Date posted:
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £29,271 - £34,986
Contract term: Permanent

Job Description: Library and Resource Co-ordinator

Reports to: Executive Assistant to the Principal  

Salary: Grade 8- Point 19 – 29 (£29,271 - £34,986) term time plus 1 week 

Hours of Work: 08:00 – 17:00

Start date: ASAP

Please note that you are required to submit a personal statement as part of the application.

The Library and Resource Co-ordinator role is a really exciting role that sits right at the heart of Ark Globe learning, development and destinations. The role is based in the Library and the postholder will have the opportunity to work with students, staff and the wider community.  

The Role

• To ensure that the library is at the heart of Academy life

• To play a central role in developing a culture of reading, both for pleasure and for learning, within the Academy and wider community

• To provide guidance and advice to staff and students to ensure access to the most appropriate resources. 

• To ensure that the presentation of Library is the centre of excellence.

Key Responsibilities


• To promote the ethos of the Academy

• To manage the library to ensure it is operating in an efficient manner and meeting the needs of the Academy

• To administer the library’s budget, selecting and purchasing all resources

• To manage and maintain the library management system, keeping accurate and current records of all learning resources in accordance with Academy policy

• Manage and maintain the library including the layout, displays and stock of all resources

• To provide regular reports on the needs and performance of the library and maintain a record in order to monitor its effectiveness and identify targets for continued improvement

• To liaise with subject leads, students and other key staff, to keep the library appropriately resourced in order to foster interests and support the learning and reading development of all students 

• To plan and deliver a range of initiatives in order to engage ‘reluctant readers’, including reading programmes 

• To appoint and develop the role of student Library Assistants and Library Volunteers 

• To organise a variety of events and initiatives to promote reading and the use of the library 

• To provide a library skills induction programme for all students

• To run enrichment activities to help develop a life-long love of reading amongst the students

• To promote and facilitate independent learning and individual development in the library

• To participate in the planning and delivery of information literacy programmes within the school to foster independent learning and ensure continuous development of the library services 

• To provide and maintain a comprehensive database of all learning resources and train students and staff in using it, either individually or as a class activities, as appropriate

• Develop and maintain a careers advice information and guidance resource area

• Deliver and facilitate adhoc CV surgeries to our students

• Promote the services of the library to wider community


• To carry out any other tasks as reasonably required by the Principal and line manager.

Person Specification: Library and Resource Co-ordinator


• Right to work in the UK

• Maths and English to grade C GCSE or equivalent 

• A degree level qualification is desirable but not essential

• Recognised professional qualification for librarianship or information management is desirable but not essential.

Knowledge and Experience

• Experience of or desire to work with and motivate young people to engage with reading 

• Experience of working in a library/Learning Resource Centre within an educational institution or similar information centre and undertaking leadership and management activities therein (desirable but not essential)

• Knowledge of how libraries can be used to support curriculum delivery and raising standards for pupils of different ages (desirable but not essential)

• Knowledge of the current education framework and the needs of an inner-city, multicultural school (desirable)

• A good knowledge of and passion for books and literature.

Personal Characteristics

• A contagious enthusiasm for reading and all that it can offer

• Energetic and dynamic

• Highly organised and efficient; capable of multi-tasking and working at pace

• Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every pupil

• Helpful and positive nature, calm and caring

• Excellent people skills

• Understands the importance of confidentiality and discretion

• Demonstrates creativity and imagination, 

• Highly motivated showing resilience, stamina and reliability under pressure

• Reflective: able to review own performance and keen to learn and develop own skills

• Can  relate well to children, parents and members of the community

• Flexible attitude towards work: can adapt quickly to new demands 

• Commitment to the values and ethos of the Academy

• Excellent data analysis skills 

• Ability to communicate relevant information to the appropriate key staff members

Specific Skills

• Ability to lead and manage a library 

• Highly competent in the use of ICT – able to use to support the delivery of learning and management 

• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral

• Ability to manage and disseminate information in a range of different media

• Strategic planning skills to support the writing and implementation of the library policy

• Financial management skills for management of library budget

• Capable of developing and using a range of resources to support the delivery of learning

• Ability to work well as part of a team and motivate and line manage library staff

• Ability to work with a wide range of students at all age groups


• Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils

• Willingness to undertake training

• This post in subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

• To undertake training and development relevant to the post and in line with the academies priorities

• Fire marshal duties

• First Aide duties

• Morning and afternoon school duties

• Exam invigilation duties

More about Ark Globe Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Harper Road, Southwark, London, SE1 6AG, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 207 4076877
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Ark Globe Academy opened as a new all through 3-18 academy, specialising in maths and performing arts in September 2008 and moved into new, state of the art facilities in September 2010.

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