Librarian (Part Time)

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South East
£12,762.75 to £12,762.75 per annum
Salary Description:
£12,762.75 + London weighting £1,613.52
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HMP Bronzefield are currently recruiting for a part time Librarian.

As a Librarian, you will provide a range of reading and reference material to offenders in custody based on analysis of requirements, in order to contribute to their resettlement needs and support identified learning opportunities.

HMP/YOI Bronzefield is a closed local prison serving courts across the South of England. Our mission is to deliver quality of life services which make a meaningful difference to women in the criminal justice system by supporting them to change their lives for the better. To achieve this we focus on providing needs-based services and programmes to rehabilitate and improve the well-being of our women. 

We house up to 572 women (approximately 14.5% of the national female prison population). The women in our custody have a diverse and complex set of needs and range from mothers and babies, young offenders, life and long term sentenced women, short to mid-term sentenced women, foreign nationals and women on remand. 

We have been awarded a bronze accreditation by Investors in People for our commitment to our staff, their development, engagement and investment in a sustainable future.

Sodexo Justice aims to change lives for the better by reducing reoffending and improving the quality of life for those under our supervision and in our care. We deliver safe, effective and innovative custodial and community rehabilitation services that challenge offending behaviour, protect the public and offer individuals the opportunity to change their lives for the better. We deliver the total operation of five prisons within the UK and own six Community Rehabilitation Companies in partnership with crime reduction charity Nacro.
Package description£12,762.75 + £1,613.52 London weighting 

Excellent benefits including season ticket loans, free meals, free parking, subsidised gym membership, group discount schemes, pension.

18.75 hours per week

For more information on Sodexo Careers and Sodexo Justice please visit Sodexo Careers and Careers in Justice
Main responsibilities
Create and maintain a profile of the prison population and its library, reading and information needs.
Ensuring the mandatory and reference publications are available and to create and maintain appropriate records of stock and equipment
Develop the library learning and information service in relation to the population profile
Provide trolley services to various areas in the prison to issue and collect stock
Contribute to prisoners individual learning plans and records of achievement and provide ad hoc support for offenders engaged in learning
Provide access to information on a range of topics relating to learning and skills acquisition, reading advice, housing, benefits etc
Encourage use of public libraries upon release and promote and encourage reading
Provide a request service, drawing on external sources of supply as necessary
Establish a stock of materials that reflect the prisoner population. Ensuring the service meets the needs of ethnic minority groups, the visually impaired and those with reading difficulties
Market and publicise the library, learning and information service to prisoners
Establish efficient routines and procedures for the effective running of the library
Induct staff and offenders to the services available in the library and arrange the appropriate training for prisoner library orderlies
Support the work of, and liaising with, other relevant departments within the prison
General administrative duties

Ideal candidateEssential

An understanding of the issues affecting women in a custodial environment
Good communication and interpersonal skills
A high literacy level and good IT skills
Ability to use initiative and imagination to maintain and improve library services
The ability to motivate others and effectively problem solve


Recognised library qualification i.e. Level 2 is a Certificate in Libraries, Archives and Information Services
Experience of working in a library and using a Library Management System
Experience of frontline customer services work

About the companyIn the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 35,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to  support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying ;for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process.

Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. Certain roles will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.

Contact Details:
Tel: 01276 687 000
Contact: Lucy Mellor

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