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Library Assistant required

12th December 2017

Part-time Library Assistant

Thomas Plume’s Library has a vacancy for a part-time Library Assistant at its historic reference library in Maldon.
As a Library Assistant you will undertake a range of library duties including helping readers search the on-line catalogue, locating and fetching books/manuscripts from the collection to readers visiting the Library, and answering researchers’ queries, including by telephone and e-mail. You will also be expected to guide visitors and assist in group visits to the Library by schools and other organisations.
You will have a good general education, a strong customer focus, be reliable and punctual. Team work, accuracy, and good IT skills are also essential. Previous experience, especially in a reference library or similar environment, would be desirable but not essential.
The post is for 10 hours per week covering the opening hours of 2-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 10am -12 noon on Saturday. Attendance is required at other times for Trustee Meetings and occasional opening sessions for groups. The annual salary is based on £18,236.40 p.a. (pro rata).
Owing to the nature of this post, candidates will be required to undertake a CRB Disclosure check. The Library is housed in a building which is accessible only by steep narrow stairs.

The closing date for applications is 5th January 2018

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Person Specification 

Winter closure 2017/18

28th November 2017

The Library will be closed on

 23rd December 2017

and will reopen on

13th February 2018


In keeping with previous years Thomas Plume’s Library will be closing at Christmas and for stocktaking during January and for part of February 2018. However, due to staff changes the Library will not reopen for the first week in January and will remain closed for longer, until it reopens on 13th February 2018. The Librarian will continue to monitor emails and correspondence and she will respond as soon as possible, although the response time might be longer than usual.

During the closure period, at certain times, the Librarian and volunteers will continue to work in the Library on current projects such as the Archive Project, cataloguing, conservation, cleaning and stocktaking the collection. 

We will do our best to ensure that inconvenience is kept to a minimum and thank you in advance for your patience.

The Archive Project

22nd April 2017

The Library is pleased to announce that that our recent application to the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust has been successful. This will enable staff and volunteers to make significant progress with the conservation and cataloging of the archive.

This money, together with a grant from the Friends of Thomas Plume’s Library, a bequest from Catherine Whitworth Jones and a contribution from the Trustees will enable us to finish the project which has been a goal of the Library’s Trustees for some time.
On completion of the project, which is expected to be by January 2018, it will be possible to make these items available to our users and make them known via the OPAC. This will be a real achievement and will make this valuable resource available to academics, students, and local and family historians for the first time.