POST: 35 hours per week. This is a permanent post.

SALARY: This post is graded at SCP 56 £35,668.

REPORTS to: Principal Officer

Terms of Work: This post requires flexible working and an ability to travel with occasional overnight stays. The SLIC office is based in Glasgow, although the team mainly work a hybrid model.

Job Description

SLIC is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, dynamic and dedicated librarian to support the public library community in Scotland. The Business Support Officer for Public Libraries is the key link between SLIC and the Public Library community. SLIC works closely with the Scottish Government’s Culture directorate and COSLA to implement the national Strategy for Public Libraries – FORWARD: Scotland’s Public Library Strategy 2021-2025. The post manages the Scottish Government’s Public Library Improvement Fund which has seen a multi-million pound investment over recent years.

Public Libraries are the most popular service which local government provides. They are the beating heart of Scotland’s communities, address inequality, promote inclusion and help tackle the cost of living crisis. Public libraries support attainment and wellbeing. This post requires an individual who has strengths in data analysis. Attention to detail, report writing and good file maintenance are essential components of the role.

Purpose of the Job

The Business Support Officer will assist SLIC with the management of the Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF), the engagement with its Public Library Members, arrange member focussed events and support the SLIC Board through providing secretariat activities for its meetings and maintaining official records. The role requires an enthusiastic and well-motivated individual with excellent organisational and written skills to deliver this role within the organisation.  

Skills, Knowledge & Experience
Educated to degree level or equivalent Essential
Qualification in librarianship or equivalent Desirable
Excellent IT skills & experience of MS Office Essential
Knowledge of current issues and developments in the library and information sectors in Scotland Desirable
Ability to communicate effectively Essential
Ability to prioritise work streams Essential
Ability to work effectively under pressure. Essential
Ability to work as part of a team and under own initiative Essential
Strong analytical & data handling skills Essential
Ability to travel Essential
How to Apply

Prospective candidates should download the Business Support Officer (Public Libraries) Recruitment Information Pack and the Word version of the SLIC application form. The completed application form should be emailed to jobs@scottishlibraries.org no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 28th May 2024.